If you like close baseball games, the Three Rivers Conference was the place to be Friday evening. One run decided each of the five games played.
Whiteville 3 Fairmont 2 at FHS
Fairmont took an early 2-0 lead on two unearned runs, but Jake Harwood’s two-run homer provided the tying and go-ahead tallies as Whiteville defeated the Golden Tornadoes.
Starters Brooks Baldwin (WHS) and Randy Floyd (FHS) hooked up in a pitcher’s duel as neither allowed an earned run. Baldwin was especially impressive with 14 strikeouts, no walks and three hits allowed in six innings pitched. Harwood earned the save by striking out the side in the seventh. Fairmont’s Floyd struck out 12 and walked two.
East Columbus 3 Red Springs 2 at ECHS
Alex Ellis and Daniel Wells combined to hold Red Springs to two runs on five hits despite four Gators errors as East handed the Red Devils their first loss of the season. East Columbus scored twice in the second and plated the winning run in the fifth. Ty Sampson went the distance for Red Springs, striking out six and walking no one.
East Columbus, now 1-1, will travel to St. Pauls Monday for a game rescheduled from February 28.
South Columbus 11 St. Pauls 10 at SCHS
Will every South Columbus home baseball game end 11-10? The first two have! However, the Stallions came out on top this time by holding off a St. Pauls seventh inning comeback.
The teams combined for 15 hits, nine walks, five batters hit by a pitch, nine errors and one balk. Andrew Davoren came on with one out in the seventh to earn the save. Errors allowed three St. Pauls runs to score in the final frame before Davoren recorded the final out with Bulldog runners on the corners.
South Columbus scored in every inning except the first. South put up four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Tate Lee had two hits including a double for South Columbus. Joseph Ward drove in three runs.. Grayson Stocks started on the mound for South, followed by Chandler Ward and Davoren.
South Columbus improves to 2-2 with the win. South travels to East Columbus Tuesday. Game time is 6 p.m.
West Columbus 6 East Bladen 5 at EBHS
Cody Benton’s two-run single in the top of the seventh provided the tying and game-winning runs for the Vikings. Jerry Locklear pitched an inning and two-thirds of scoreless relief to pick up the win.
Dylan Blackwell started the West Columbus rally with a walk. Nigel Ceesay singled and Benton’s hit drove Blackwell and Ceesay home.
Cody Benton was 3-3 with three RBIs. Jagger Haynes started on the hill for West, pitching five and one-third innings, striking out nine.
West Columbus is now 3-3 overall and 3-1 in TRC play. The Vikings host St. Pauls Tuesday evening before taking on North Brunswick in a non-league affair Thursday.
South Robeson 1 West Bladen 0 at SRHS
South Robeson scored an unearned run in the second inning to take the victory. West Bladen’s Logan West was the hard luck loser, allowing just two hits and striking out 10 Mustangs.