DUBLIN –The Knights of West Bladen faltered in the opener of a twin bill Thursday against visiting East Columbus, but came back in the nightcap to earn a split of the Dixie Youth Pre-Majors contests.
In the first game, with the Gators already leading by a 4-2 margin after two innings, East Columbus erupted for eight runs in the decisive third inning to open a 12-2 advantage.
But the Gators were hardly done, and went on to hammer Knights pitching for five more runs and handed West Bladen a 17-2 thrashing.
In the second game of the double-header, the Knights’ offense awoke and earned a 9-4 victory.
With the two-game split, West Bladen is now 2-2 in the summer season. The Knights’ scheduled double-header on Tuesday against St. Pauls has been postponed to a later date. The next time West Bladen will play is Thursday when South Columbus comes to town for a double-header starting at 6 p.m.
Thursday’s scheduled double-header between East Bladen and Whiteville was postponed until a later date because the Wolfpack is still playing in the state’s Class 1-A playoffs.
The Eagles will play next on Tuesday, when they will host Lumberton for a double-header starting at 6 p.m.