DUBLIN — Chandler Lennon limited West Bladen No. 1 to one hit over four innings and helped West Bladen No. 2 whip a depleted sister team on Monday, 12-0, in Dixie Pre-Majors action.
West Bladen No. 1, with players on vacation and ill, barely fielded a team and coach Kim Cain decided to give some of his younger pitchers a look-see. What he saw was 13 walks and 11 hits given up to West Bladen No. 2 en route to the loss.
“If we could get all our players here …” Cain lamented after the game. “But we were hamstrung to start.”
West Bladen No. 2 opened the game with three runs in the top of the first. Jeremy Hunt walked, Troy Edge laced a double down the left field line and two successive wild pitches brought both runners home. Michael Pastore roped a single, stole second, went to third on a fly ball and then scored on an error after getting himself in and out of a rundown.
In the second inning, West Bladen No. 2 broke the game wide open with five runs by sending 11 batters to the plate. Two walks and single by Hunt loaded the bases before a wild pitch brought a run home. Pastore smacked an RBI single and a series of walks and wild pitches accounted for the next three runs and an 8-0 lead.
West Bladen No. 1 threatened in the home half of the second when Scott Bowen walked, John Ashworth was hit by a pitch and Calen Sholar walked to load the bases with two outs. But the rally fizzled there.
In the top of the third, West Bladen No. 2 added a run when Hunt led off with a triple to deep center and scored on a groundout by Edge.
After a scoreless fourth frame, in which West Bladen No. 1 got its lone hit — a two-out double by Mason Hester to right-center — West Bladen No. 2 plated three runs in the fifth to put the game away.
Pastore led off the inning with a triple to deep left-center and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chandler Lennon. Brandon Carson followed with a double and scored on two wild pitches before Seth Britt walked and, after being balked to second, scored on an RBI single by Joseph Miller.
“We hit the ball well and played good defense,” said West Bladen No. 2 coach Steve Pastore. “Chandler pitched really well, so I’m happy with how we played overall.”
Lennon earned the win on the hill for West Bladen No. 2, going four innings and giving up one hit, two walks and striking out four. Ian Sykes pitched the fifth inning and fanned one.
Sholar got the start for West Bladen No. 1 and took the loss after 1.1 innings of work, giving up eight runs on four hits and seven walks. Donald McCullum worked the next three innings and gave up four runs on six hits, six walks and two strikeouts. Colby McLean finished up and gave up one hit and fanned one.
At the plate for West Bladen No. 2, Pastore was 4-for-4 with a triple and RBI; Hunt was 3-for-4 with a triple; Carson was 1-for-2 with a double; and Miller was 2-for-4 with an RBI.