CERRO GORDO – Freshman Andre Moore’s 2-run triple keyed a 4-run, 5th inning that propelled West Bladen to an 11-4 Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball victory over West Columbus Tuesday.
With the scored tied 4-4, freshman Jordan Hester reached base on a 2-out error in the Knight 5th inning, and freshman Will Durden hammered a double to left field that scored Hester. After freshman Nolan Tatum reached base on an error, Moore drilled his triple to right that scored Durden and Tatum. Moore darted home as sophomore Jordan Underwood reached base on an error.
The Knights tacked on 3 more runs in the sixth. Sophomore Bryce Fuller reached base on an error, and sophomore Garrison Carr and Hester drew walks. Durden walked to force home Fuller, and Tatum’s fielder’s choice scored Carr. Hester raced home on an error to grow the lead to 11-4.
Moore scored twice and tripled home 2 runs to lead the Knight hitters. Underwood doubled, drove in 2 runs and scored a run. Durden doubled, drove in 2 runs and scored twice. Hester singled and scored twice, and Fuller singled and scored a run. Carr, Tatum and sophomore Aaron Wren scored runs and Tatum drove in a run.
The Vikings bunched 4 walks and a single to take a 3-0 1st inning lead.
Hester swatted a 1-out single to left in the Knight 2nd inning. Durden walked, but Wren forced Hester at 3rd base. Moore walked, and Durden sprinted home on a wild pitch. Underwood slammed a double to left that scored Wren and Moore. Underwood scooted home as freshman Cornelius Esters reached base on an error to vault West Bladen in front 4-3.
West Columbus tied the game on 2 hits and a walk in the 4th inning.
Wren started on the mound for the Knights and pitched 1 inning allowing 3 runs – 2 earned – on a hit and 4 walks while striking out one. Hester pitched 2.1 innings of relief and allowed a run on 3 hits and a walk while striking out two. Fuller picked up the win with 2.2 innings of scoreless, hitless relief while striking out three.
Coach Wade Pait’s Knights improved to 2-3 in league play and 4-5 overall and will host St. Pauls Friday.