The West Bladen Knights dominated the Clinton Dark Horses Thursday night with an early advantage and strong defensive strategy that propelled West Bladen to the 10-3 win.
Although a first inning run had the game looking up for the home team, a quick and brutal succession of hard-hitters in the top of the second for the Knights had the bottom of a stale and silent third inning end with with a Clinton deficit at 5-1.
Clinton managed to take home plate once in the fourth and fifth innings to a near-silent offense on the part of the Knights, opening up the top of the sixth at a more manageable 6-3 score.
But it was then that the Knights rallied, however. A three-run blast in the sixth inning and a final capping run in the seventh won the game, leaving a tense gap in the 10-3 score.
“It’s frustrating,” started Clinton head coach Scott Lewis. “We have two games next week, Heide Trask Tuesday and Wallace home on Thursday. Hopefully we can finish out on a positive note.”
This loss drops Clinton’s overall season record to a split 8-8, with a Four County Conference score of 4-8. Their next game is away in Rocky Point on Tuesday, meeting the Heide Trask Titans on their home turf.
The West Bladen Knights’ overall season score moves up to 11-9, with a conference record of 9-3. The Midway Raiders will travel to Bladenboro next Tuesday for another conference game against the Knights.
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