West Bladen pulls away from Clinton


By Phoebe Martin - Sports Writer



Clinton’s Gage Jackson shows a bunt in the Dark Horses’ loss on Thursday.


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.

Clinton’s Gage Jackson shows a bunt in the Dark Horses’ loss on Thursday.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_Gage-Jackson.jpgClinton’s Gage Jackson shows a bunt in the Dark Horses’ loss on Thursday.

By Phoebe Martin

Sports Writer

Reach Sports Editor Daron Barefoot at dbarefoot@civitasmedia.com.

Reach Sports Editor Daron Barefoot at dbarefoot@civitasmedia.com.

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