DUBLIN — The visiting Hope Mills Dixie Majors borrowed two players from West Bladen on Saturday and proceeded to nip the Knights in an exhibition game, 7-6.
West Bladen, which had combined its two Dixie Pre-Majors teams, took a 1-0 lead in the first when an RBI single from Trevor Lesane.
Hope Mills took the lead in the top of the second with two runs, but a double by Trent West and an RBI suicide squeeze by Troy Edge knotted the game at 2-2.
After a scoreless third, Edge brought in a run with a groundout for a 3-2 lead, but Hope Mills answered with three runs in the top of the fifth and added two more in the sixth to take a 7-3 lead.
West Bladen rallied in the seventh when Brandon Carson beat out an infield hit, Donald McCullum was hit by a pitch and Michael Pastore waled to load the bases. Lesane worked a walk to bring home a run and a passed ball scored another. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Ray Jones brought the Knights to within 7-6, but the rally fizzled there.
“It wasn’t a good pitching day for either team,” said West Bladen coach Kim Cain. “I bet there were 20 walks in the game.”
Lesane and Edge each had two RBI for the Knights.
The two teams are expected to face each other again later in the season.
— In Leland on Thursday, West Bladen No. 1 hammered home-standing North Brunswick 11-1 in a Dixie Pre-Majors game shortened to five innings because of the 10-run rule.
Trent West got things rolling for the Knights when he ripped a bases-leaded double that cleared the bags. West went on to go 3-for-3 in the game with a pair of doubles and three RBI. Weston Pidgeon was 2-for-3 for West Bladen.
On the hill for the Knights, Colby McLean got the start and worked four strong innings to earn the win. He gave up a run on just two hits and trsuck out six along the way. Mason Hester pitched the fifth frame, and fanned all three batters he faced.