CLINTON — West Bladen got a stellar pitching performance from Liston Britt and the Knights pounded Four County Conference foe Clinton for a 9-1 win on Tuesday.
The only real damage the Dark Horses could manage against Britt came early, when a walk and three singles gave the home team what would be its long run of the game in the bottom of the first inning.
But the 1-0 deficit didn’t hold up long for West Bladen, as doubles by Parker Allen and John Waldrop knotted the score and an error gave the Knights a 2-1 edge they would never surrender.
After a scoreless third, West Bladen plated four runs in the fourth sparked by another double by Waldrop, a handful of Clinton misplays and finished up with a two-run triple by Trevor Lesane for a 6-1 lead.
West Bladen put three more runs on the board in the sixth on singles from C.J. Singletary and Lesane, an RBI double by Clay Allen, a wild pitch that sent a run home and an RBI single by Britt.
Britt earned the win on the hill by pitching a complete-game six-hitter, striking out 11 along the way.
Waldrop led the Knights’ 14-hit attack by going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI, while Lesane was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI. Parker Allen was 2-for-4 with a double and Clay Allen had a double and RBI.
— In Clinton on Tuesday, the Lady Knights put 11 hits to good use for a 16-0 whitewashing of Clinton in a Four County Conference tilt.
Nicole Wyatt earned the win out of the circle for West Bladen, twirling a two-hitter with five strikeouts through four innings, when the game was stopped by the 15-run rule.
The Lady Knights erupted quickly, scoring six runs in the first inning and then tacking on four more in the second and another four in the third. West Bladen put the final two runs on the board in the fourth frame.
“The girls did a lot better with pitch selection,” said West Bladen coach Pam Stephens. “I’ve told them that we have the pitching and we have the defense … we just need to get those bats to come around and we’ll be just fine.”
Josie Ludlum was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, while Laikyn Pait was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Taylor Stephens was 2-for-4 with an RBI and four stolen bases. Courtney Thompson added a triple and two RBI.
— In Dublin on Wednesday, the Lady Knights handed visiting Heidi Trask its first Four County Conference loss, 4-1.
Nicole Wyatt held the Lady Titans in check through six innings and was nicked for the single run in the seventh.
West Bladen scored all its runs in the fifth behind singles by Josie Ludlum and Alanna Ludlum, a walk to Sophie Singletary that filled the bags, an RBI infield single by Taylor Stephens, a two-run single from Laikyn Pait and an error.
Wyatt went the distance in the circle, scattering three hits and fanning eight.
— In Elizabethtown on Tuesday, the Eagles were held to just three hits by visiting Wallace-Rose Hill and took a 4-0 Four County Conference loss.
All of the Bulldogs’ runs were scored with two outs — one in the second inning and the last three in the seventh.
— In Dublin on Wednesday, West Bladen dropped a heartbreaking 7-6 decision to Heidi Trask in Four County Conference action.
The Titans manufactured three runs in the top of the seventh to earn the win.
After Trask had taken a 1-0 lead in the second, the Knights responded with four runs in the fourth on a two-run triple by John Waldrop, an RBI single by Liston Britt and an RBI single by C.J. Singletary for a 4-1 lead.
But Trask came back to knot the game in the fifth before West Bladen scored twice in the bottom of the inning on a two-run double by Owen Peavy.
The lead held up until the seventh, when the Titans got three wins to win.
— In Garland at Greenbridge Golf Course on Monday, Clinton placed three of its players in the top five and easily outdistanced the rest of the field to win the Four County Conference match.
Clinton’s team score of 328 was 33 strokes better than that of West Bladen, which carded a 361 and was led by Kayla Thompson’s 87. Brett Jackson was right behind with an 89, Mason Smith turned in a 91 and Gage Bailey had a 94. Zane Singletary scored a 95 and Sean Smith fired a 99.
“We didn’t play as well as we should have,” said West Bladen coach Phillip Penny. “Right now we’re just inconsistent with our play. Hopefully we can get everyone playing at their best at the same time, preferably by regionals.”
East Bladen finished eighth and was led by Brandon Davis’ 103, followed by Ryan Baxley at 113. Willis Cole and Andrew Ferguson each carded a 118, while Patrick Sinclair shot a 127 and William Heath had a 132.
— In Wallace on Wednesday at Rockfish Country Club, the Knights took a tumble down the Four County Conference list, finishing fourth, while East Bladen finished just eight strokes out of seventh.
Clinton took the team title with a 337, with Union at 356 and Trask at 377 — each ahead of West Bladen’s 380.
Kayla Thompson was the No. 4 medalist after carding an 82.
East Bladen was led by Willis Cole’s 97.
— In Elizabethtown on Monday, the Eagles nearly whitewashed visiting Wallace-Rose Hill in a Four County Conference match, instead earning an 8-1 win.
In singles, Jonathan Savage got the most impressive win with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 5, while Collins Pridgen took a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 6 and Logan Baxley got a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 3.
East Bladen swpt the doubles matches, with the duo of Jacob Hatchell and Baxley teaming for an 8-0 shutout.