BURGAW – The Lady Eagles got scored upon for the first time in seven games on Tuesday, but hat tricks by Abby Ward and Lacey Suggs led East Bladen to an 8-2 over Pender County.
Early goals by Suggs and Gargala gave the Lady Eagles a 2-0 lead before the Lady Patriots answered with two goals to knot the match at halftime.
The East Bladen offense went into high gear in the second half, getting the match-winning goal from Suggs early then five more goals — three from Ward, another by Suggs and one from Claire Campbell — to seal the win.
Suggs finished up with the three goals, four assists and 12 steals. Ward had three goals, an assist and 14 steals; Gargala had a goal, two assists and eight steals; Campbell scored the goal and had five steals; Ashley Hardin had an assist and seven steals; Lexi Mendell recorded eight steals; Cassie Hill had seven steals; Ting Lin had seven steals.
East Bladen outshot Pender by a 36-5 margin and an 8-0 advantage in corners.
— West Bladen went on the road and earned a 7-3 win over Heidi Trask on Tuesday.
The Knights opened the game with three runs in the first inning behind an RBI single by Trent West, a groundout RBI from Jarrett Williams and an error brought home the third run.
But the Titans knotted the game at 3-3 with a run in the first, second and third.
The Knights went back up with a run in the fifth on a fielder’s choice RBI by Jeremy Hunt, then scored two runs in the sixth behind an RBI single by Hunt and sacrifice fly by Weston Pidgeon for a 6-3 lead.
West Bladen added an insurance run in the seventh when Ray Jones had a bases-leaded, RBI groundout.
Troy Edge was 2-for-4 for the Knights, while Hunt had two RBI and earned the win on the hill for West Bladen after scattering seven hits and striking out eight.
— East Bladen stayed on a roll Tuesday, scoring in the first five innings against Pender County and posting a 10-3 win.
The Eagles plated four runs in the first inning with five straight hits, including a two-run double by Nikita Owens. east Bladen scored a run in the second on another RBI double by Owens before the Patriots got on the board with a run in the home half.
But the Eagles got the run back in the third when Xavier Wooten singled, stole second and third before scoring on Greyson Heustess’ RBI single.
East Bladen scored twice in the fourth on a two-run double by Wooten and two more times in the fifth on an RBI single by Quinton Bedsole and RBI triple by Kyle Tatum.
Pender County scored twice in the fourth.
Alex Coates earned the win on the mound for the Eagles to improve to 8-1 overall and 7-0 in the conference.
At the plate for East, Tatum was 3-for-3 with a triple and RBI; Wooten was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI; Bedsole was 2-for-4 with an RBI; Owens was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI; Smith was 2-for-5 with a triple; and Heustess was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
— The Lady Eagles managed just two hits — a double and single by Emily Scott — as Pender County shut out East Bladen 13-0 on Tuesday.
The Lady Patriots scored six runs in the first, two runs in the second, three in the third and two in the fourth to close out the game.
— West Bladen went on the road Tuesday and knocked off Heidi Trask, 12-5.
After falling behind 3-1 in the first inning, the Lady Knights outscored the Lady Titans 11-2 the rest of the way for the win.
“Really good win for us,” said West coach Joey Autry. “Had tough first inning, but the girls really persevered and refused to quit. Sophie settled down after the first inning and did great job keeping them off balance.
“Trask has won 4 consecutive conference championships, so to defeat them on their field is great accomplishment for our team,” he added.