ST. PAULS — Alex Coates handcuffed St. Pauls on just two hits and combined with catcher Kyle Tatum to put together a 5-for-5 night with five RBI on Thursday to lead East Bladen past the Bulldogs, 11-1, in a non-conference game.
Coates fanned seven St. Pauls hitters and was nicked for only a single unearned run in the third inning.
The Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first behind an RBI double by Tatum, RBI single by Coates and a two-run error by the Bulldogs.
After a scoreless second, East Bladen got RBI singles from Quinton Bedsole and Coates to take a 6-0 lead.
Following St. Pauls’ run in the third, the Eagles got a two-run double from Tyler Watkins and another RBI single by Coates that helped put East Bladen up, 10-1.
In the fifth frame, East Bladen got an RBI single from Tatum to seal the win.
Coates was 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBI and Tatum was 2-for-2 with two RBI. Watkins went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI.
— In Lake Waccamaw on Thursday, Lacey Suggs had her second straight hat trick with three goals while assisting on four others to help lead the Lady Eagles to an 8-0 whitewashing of East Columbus.
The win kept East Bladen perfect on the season at 6-0.
The Lady Eagles put the game away quickly with five goals in the first half, then added three more in the second half to seal the win.
In addition to Suggs’ scoring, East Bladen got single goals from Hannah Devane, Alexa Hernandez, Ashley Hardin, Maddie West and Justyna Gargala. Devane also had two assists and Gargala had one.
The Lady Eagles had eight corner kicks, while East Columbus had none. East Bladen also had 30 shots on goal.
— In St. Pauls on Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs broke open a close game with six runs across the fifth and sixth innings to hand visiting East Bladen an 11-7 season-opening, non-conference loss.
The Lady Eagles got out to a quick 2-0 edge in the top of the first inning behind four walks and a passed ball, but St. Pauls knotted the game in the home half.
East Bladen answered with two runs in the second on St. Pauls errors, but the Lady Bulldogs knotted the game again with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
St. Pauls went up 5-4 in the fourth inning, and East Bladen responded with a run in the top of the fifth with an RBI single from Shardajah Brown.
Errors and passed balls hurt the Lady Eagles in the bottom of the fifth when St. Pauls scored three runs and took an 8-5 edge.
East Bladen plated a pair of runs in the sixth on just one hit to close the gap to 8-7, but the Lady Bulldogs sent three runners home in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.