ELIZABETHTOWN — Alex Coates scattered four hits over six innings on the hill and East Bladen clinched the Four County Conference championship with a 6-3 win over Union on Friday.
The visiting Spartans nicked Coated for an unearned run in the top of the first, but the Eagles came back with two runs inn the second when Ty Watkins tripled, Xavier Wooten laced an RBI single and Brooks McGill belted an RBI double for a 2-1 lead.
East Bladen scored three times in the third, as Kyle Tatum reached on an infield single and stole second, Nikita Owens reached on a error that scored Tatum, Watkins belted a double and Coates swatted a two-run single to give East a 5-1 edge.
Union got two runs back in the top of the fifth to close the gap to 5-3, but the Eagles answered with a run in the sixth when Coates singled and McGill lashed an RBI single for the insurance run.
Watkins was 2-for-3 with a triple and double for East Bladen, while Coates was also 2-for-3 with two RBI. McGill chimed in at 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, and Wooten added another 2-for-3 effort with an RBI.
— In Rose Hill on Friday, Lacey Suggs recorded a hat trick with three goals and four assists to lead East Bladen past Union, 9-1.
Justyna Gargala opened the scoring for the Lady Eagles early in the match, with Ashley Hardin getting the assist.
Midway through the first half, Trinity Carroll took a pass from Suggs and booted home a goal for a 2-0 edge that held up until halftime.
But in the second half, East Bladen’s offense erupted for seven goals — two coming from Abby Ward off of corner kicks by Suggs, one on a penalty kick by Claire Campbell, one on a goal by Erika Morales-Baza and three goals from Suggs.
Union got its lone goal off a penalty kick early in the second half.
— In Dunn on Friday, Midway scored twice in the bottom of the seventh top rally past visiting West Bladen, 7-5, ruining a stellar performance by Chandler Lennon on the mound.
Lennon whiffed 12 Raiders through seven innings and scattered six hits. But Knights errors and a pair of wild pitches spelled doom for the righty.
West Bladen got on the board in the first when Jeremy Hunt singled, moved up on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on Lennon’s sacrifice fly.
Midway took a 2-1 lead in the home half and added two more in the second for a 4-1 edge. But the Knights scored twice in the third when Hunt reached on an error, Weston Pidgeon singled and Lennon singled to fill the bases. Trent West then with an RBI single and Pidgeon scored on a wild pitch.
Midway took a 5-3 lead with a run in the bottom of the third, but West Bladen knotted the game in the fifth with two runs on a double by Lennon, RBI single by West and a bases-loaded RBI single by Ray Jones.
Midway then scored two runs in the sixth on a walk, error and two wild pitches.
Lennon was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and RBI, while West was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Seth Britt was 2-for-4 with a double.