LAKE WACCAMAW — East Bladen got a hat trick from Brooks McGill and four assist from Grey Caballero en route to a 7-2 non-conference win over East Columbus on the pitch Tuesday.
McGill put the Eagles on the board halfway through the first half off a feed from Caballero and, moments later, Caballero assisted on another goal, this one by Jake Evans, to give East Bladen a 2-0 lead that stood up until halftime.
The Gators cut the deficit in half with a goal early in the second half, but the Eagles responded with McGill’s second goal on an assist from Greyson Huestess. Shortly after, East Bladen took a 4-1 lead when Heustess scored off a pass from McGill.
East Columbus again cut the deficit in half, but the Eagles went on a relentless offensive barrage — scoring three goals over the match’s final 10 minutes.
The first came from Caballero off a pass from Caleb Hatchell; then McGill got his third goal of the match; and the scoring was completed when Pierce Melvin booted home a goal.
The Lady Knights were handed their first loss of the season when Whiteville knocked them off Tuesday in four sets by the scores of 26-16, 25-11, 23-25 and 25-17.
“They fought hard to come from behind,” West Bladen coach Gaye Davis said. “The girls are improving and working as a team.”
Kathryn Schultz, Morgan Schumacher and Patience Parker each recorded five kills; Logan Autry and Jenna Dove each had four aces; Raegan Davis had three kills; and Laikyn Pait and Schumacher each had two solo blocks.