LUMBERTON — With other Nature getting the best of the summer baseball season thus far, east Bladen managed to get on the field Thursday when the Eagles traveled to Lumberton for a Dixie Youth Pre-Majors double-header. It was the first action seen by East Bladen in more than a week after a double-header against cross-county rival West Bladen was postponed twice earlier in the week.
The Eagles opened Thursday’s twin bill as if they’d been playing regularly, hammering the Class 4-A Pirates 9-1 behind the stellar pitching of Spencer Scott and key hits from Quentin Bedsole, Devan Stocks, Nick Collins and Sincere Smith.
But Lumberton put the brakes on East Bladen’s quest for a sweep when the Pirates took the nightcap by a 3-2 margin.
On the night, Bedsole led East Bladen with four hits, including a double. Stocks and Smith each belted triples for the Eagles, and each connected on three hits in the double-header. Collins had a double and two hits on the night, and Kyle Tatum laced a pair of singles while Ty Watkins added a double and single.
The Eagles, now 4-2-2 on the season, will travel to Tabor City on Tuesday for a double-header against South Columbus starting at 6 p.m. It’s the first matchup between East Bladen and the Stallions this summer.
Then, on Thursday, the summer schedule regular-season finale has East Bladen hosting St. Pauls in a double-header starting at 6 p.m.
West Bladen idle
The Knights, who haven’t played since a double-header sweep of Lumberton on June 9, had their trip to East Bladen on June 13 postponed to June 15, and then postponed again — each time because of rain.
West Bladen, which carries a 5-4-2 record, is scheduled to play next on Tuesday when it travels to Whiteville for a double-header against the Wolfpack starting at 6 p.m.
It will be the first summer matchup with Whiteville for the Knights.
In the regular-season finale on the schedule, West Bladen will travel to Cerro Gordo for a double-header against West Columbus on Thursday starting at 6 p.m.