CERRO GORDO – Pitching problems plagued West Bladen on Saturday and West Columbus took advantage, scoring a 10-3 non-conference win over the Knights.
Trent West gave West Bladen a 2-0 lead with a home run in the first inning, but the Vikings cut the deficit in half with a run in the home half and knotted things with a run in the second.
The Knights took a 3-2 lead in the third when Jeremy hunt walked and went to second on a steal ahead of West’s infield single.
Back came West Columbus with a run in the bottom of the third, then added three runs in the fifth for a 6-3 edge before breaking the game open with four runs in the sixth to seal the game.
West was 2-for-2 at the plate with three RBI. West Bladen, now 1-3 this season, pitching allowed seven hits, 10 walks and five hit batters. The defense had four errors.
— In Dublin, visiting South Robeson hammered the Lady Knights for 19 runs on 10 hits, eight walks and four hit batters to take a 19-4 non-conference win on Saturday.
The Lady Mustangs rode a tsunami of 12 runs in the fourth inning to claim the win.
West Bladen scored a run in the second, then added three runs in the fourth frame when Connor Brisson and Logan Atry reached on infield singles and a sacrifice bunt was thrown away and loaded the bases. Kathryn Schultz reached on an infield single for an RBI, Kassidy Anderson was safe on the Lady Knights’ fourth infield single of the inning that scored a run and a fielder’s choice brought home another West Bladen run to close the gap to 14-4.
But South Robeson plated five runs in the fifth to wrap up the win.
Autry was 2-for-3 at the plate for West Bladen, now 1-3, while Schultz and Anderson each had an RBI.
— In Dublin on Friday, the Lady Knights tallied a trio of goals and then hung on to claim a 3-1 non-conference win over visiting St. Pauls.
West Bladen improved to 1-5 on the season.
— In Dublin on Friday, West Bladen earned a tough 5-4 win over visiting East Columbus when the Knights took two of three doubles matches.
Victor Jacome won his No. 1 singles match, 6-3 and 6-0;while Felix Rebollar rallied to win at No. 4, 2-6, 6-0 and 10-8; and Tate Sykes took an easy 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6 for the Knights.
But the Gators also won three singles matches to head into doubles competition knotted 3-3.
Jacome and Matthew Bobby took a win at No. 1 doubles for West Bladen, 8-6, but East Columbus knotted things at 4-4 with a win at No. 2.
The Knights sealed the win when Jose Osorio and Sykes earned an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles.