BURGAW — East Bladen got a pair of goals from both Daniel Elkins and Joel Cromartie on Wednesday to lead the Eagles past Pender County in a Four County Conference match, 4-1.
East Bladen wasted no time getting on the board when Colby Hester hit Cromartie with a pass deep in Patriots’ territory, and he buried a rocket into the back of the net about 2 minutes into the match.
Mere moments later, Elkins took a pass from Jose Diaz and fired a shot into the Pender County net for a 2-0 Eagles edge.
About 8 minutes later, the Patriots cut the deficit in half with a goal off a rebounded shot and the half ended at 2-1.
Early in the second half, Elkins scored again for East Bladen, this time off a feed from Jake Mazur to grow the Eagles’ lead to 3-1. About 20 minutes later, Cromartie deked the Patriots’ netminder and walked the ball into the net to complete the scoring.
— In Dublin on Thursday, Wallace-Rose Hill ran roughshod over West Bladen for a 9-0 Four County Conference win.
The Bulldogs put three goals on the board in the first half, then easily sealed the victory with six second-half goals that ended the match prematurely.
— In Dunn on Thursday, the Lady Knights survived a nip-and-tuck second game to complete a sweep of Midway in a Four County Conference match by the scores of 25-18, 26-24 and 25-17.
The win clinched a Class 2-A playoff berth for West Bladen as the No. 1 seed out of the conference.
Mallory Davis led the Lady Knights with 12 service winners, eight blocks, eight kills and a pair of aces. Taylor Stephens added 12 service points, while Courtney Thompson contributed six blocks, five kills and two aces.
Morgan Sweeney pitched in 12 service winners for West Bladen and Codi Pait fired in a trio of aces to finish with 10 service points.
— In Elizabethtown on Thursday, the Lady Eagles took a 25-13 in the first game from Union but couldn’t keep the momentum going and fell in the next three games 25-19, 25-23 and 25-21.
Abbey Norris led East Bladen with 10 kills and two blocks, while Lacey Suggs added seven kills. Miller Heustess contributed four kills.