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TABOR CITY – South Columbus defeated West Bladen 15-5 Friday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action.

Blake Strickland batted 3-3 with a double and 2 runs scored to lead the Stallion hitters. Pitcher Austin Mayo tripled and doubled, had 3 runs batted in and 3 runs scored. Luke Stocks and Mason Nealey both batted 2-3, and E. J. Tisdale finished 2-4 at the plate.

After South Columbus scored 3 runs in the first inning, the Knights scored twice in the second. Freshman Josh Russ slammed a double to centerfield, and sophmore Samuel West walloped a triple to centerfield that scored Russ. Freshman Briley Williams’ fielder’s choice plated West.

South Columbus scored 7 runs in the second to boost their lead to 10-2. Riley Stanley reached base on an error to begin the Knight third inning. Freshman Alex Strange smashed a double to rightfield.

Freshman Brycen Blackmon lined a single to left that scored Stanley. Strange scored on the back end of a double steal with Blackmon, and Blackmon scored as Russ reached base on an error to slice the lead to 10-5.

The Stallions scored 5 runs in the home third to boost their lead to 15-5.

Strange and Russ both doubled and both scored runs. Blackmon and West added one hit each. Blackmon, West and Williams drove in runs, and Stanley, West and Blackmon scored runs.

Blackmon started on the mound and pitched 1.2 innings, giving up 7 runs – 4 earned- on 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out two. Williams pitched an inning of relief and allowed 6 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks. Strange pitched 0.1 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 3 hits while striking out one.

West Bladen will travel to East Bladen Tuesday night.