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Varsity Baseball: Heidi Trask 5, West Bladen 3

BaseballROCKY POINT – Jordan Flora pitched a three-hitter as Heidi Trask rallied for a 5-3 win Tuesday night against error-prone West Bladen in a Four County 1A/2A Conference baseball game.

Flora struck out six, walked three and allowed three unearned runs in the fifth inning as the Titans won only their second conference game. Trask is 3-12 overall and 2-7 in Four County games.

West Bladen, which made seven errors and ran its way out of a potential big inning in the third, dropped to 8-6 overall and 5-4 in the conference. The Knights are scheduled to host Wallace-Rose Hill on Wednesday and Pender on Friday.

Freshman Scott Bowen went the distance on the mound for West Bladen in his first varsity pitching performance. The right-hander scattered seven hits, struck out three, walked one and allowed only one earned run.

Michael Pastore, Seth Britt and Troy Edge each had a hit and scored a run for the Knights. Edge drove in a run.

West Bladen had the first scoring opportunity, using an error and walk to put two runners on leading off the third inning. However, one runner was caught attempting to go to third on a missed bunt attempt, then the batter lined into a double play to short.

Trask broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning, getting RBI singles from Tynaffit Davis and Kobe Owsley along with five West Bladen errors to take a 2-0 lead.

The Knights answered in the fifth, scoring three runs for a 3-2 lead. After an out, Pastore singled to center for West Bladen’s first base hit. Britt reached on an error that put runners on first and second. Edge then ripped a single to center that scored Pastore. After the second out and a walk to Weston Pidgeon that loaded the bases, Jeremy Hunt’s grounder was misplayed as Britt and Edge scored.

Trask struck for three runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 5-3 lead. Owsley led off with a single and went to second on an error. Tanner Benton was safe on a bunt as the Knights failed to get Owlsley going to third base. After a bunt moved Benton to second, Kenny Smith had a single that scored Owsley to tie it at 3-3. Michael Stroman then reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Benton to give Trask a 4-3 lead. Stroman later scored on a single up the middle by Robbie Patterson.

West Bladen went down in order in the seventh inning.

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