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Home field advantage? Depends on the sport.

Revised on: 04.16.2018 at 08:38 a.m.

Posted on: 04.14.2018 at 12:33 p.m.

An abbreviated Friday evening TRC baseball and softball schedule due to proms at South Robeson and East Bladen still provided an interesting contrast in results. All three visiting baseball tams won while the three home softball teams were victorious.

Cole Benton. Grant Merritt photo.



The county-rivalry game between West and South Columbus turned out to be a pitcher’s duel between the Vikings’ Cole Benton and the Stallions’ Jamie Harrelson. Benton and his Viking teammates came out on top 5-1.


Cole Benton earned the win. He pitched six innings, allowed one run, six hits, struck out five and hit one batter. Harrelson pitched well in defeat. He pitched six-plus innings, throwing 98 pitches, his longest outing of the year. Harrelson struck out four, hit two and walked one.

Haynes and Blackwell each connected for two hits and drove in one run for West Columbus. Miller Gore led South with two hits.

West Bladen received a strong pitching performance form Scott Bowen and defeated East Columbus 4-2. Bowen struck out nine, walked four, hit a batter and allowed three hits in six innings. The Knights scored two runs in the second and single runs in the third and fourth. East Columbus scored two runs on a double by Chan Floyd in the sixth.

Fairmont received another strong start by Randy Floyd, The UNC-P commit allowed one-hit, struck out nine and walked one in four innings of work in Fairmont’s 12-0 win over St. Pauls. Fairmont led 5-0 after four innings, but with Floyd’s removal with less than 61 pitches it keeps him eligible to pitch against West Columbus Monday. Seth Thorndyke pitched the final three innings for Fairmont and did not allow a hit. The Golden Tornadoes scored six runs in the top of the seventh.

Baseball (through 4/13)

Conf.      Overall

Whiteville                                11-0        14-1

West Columbus (1A)              9-2         11-5

Fairmont                                 8-3         12-3

Red Springs                             7-5         11-7

South Columbus                     5-6           6-8

East Columbus (1A)               4-6           8-6

East Bladen                             4-7         5-9

St. Pauls                                  4-8         6-10

South Robeson (1A)               2-9         2-13

West Bladen                            2-10        2-13

Alexis Suggs. Grant Merritt photo.


Anna Caroline Suggs turned in a pitching gem of her own in South Columbus’ 7-0 win over West Columbus. Suggs struck out 14 and allowed one hit, a seventh-inning single by Kristen Meares in her complete game pitching performance


Morgan Nye, Alexis Suggs and Hailey Chestnutt had two hits each for the Stallions. Carson Powell, Alexis Suggs and Tressie McQueen each scored twice. Powell contributed two RBIs.

East Columbus pounded West Bladen 13-1 in four and one-half innings. Hannah Andrews allowed four Knights’ hits. Diamond Porter singled and cracked a three-run double in the Gators’ four-run second inning. Muffin Harper contributed two hits. Caitlyn Andrews and Alanna Deal added run-scoring singles.

St. Pauls scored the walk-off, winning run on a wild pitch, defeating Fairmont 4-3.

Softball (through 4/13)

Conf.      Overall

Whiteville                                11-0        13-2

South Columbus                    9-2         10-2

East Columbus (1A)               7-3           9-6

St. Pauls                                  7-5           9-7

West Bladen                            7-5           8-8

Fairmont                                 6-5           8-7

East Bladen                            4-7           5-8

West Columbus (1A)              3-8         3-11

South Robeson (1A)              1-10        1-12

Red Springs                             1-11        3-14







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