ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls baseball team used a six-run third inning, and withstood a late rally, to beat East Bladen, 9-5, in its season opener on Monday.
Freshman Jeremiah Locklear notched the win on the mound for the Bulldogs (1-0), giving up one earned run in four innings of work. Locklear also hit a two-run single to highlight a six-run third inning for St. Pauls.
J.J. Oxendine finished the night with a pair of hits and RBIs to lead the Bulldogs at the plate, with Trevan Locklear adding an RBI single and earning a save in relief. Ted McNeill scored three runs.
Trailing 9-1 heading into the seventh inning, the Eagles (0-1) rallied for four runs before Locklear came in for a two-out save. Kyle Tatum, Ty Watkins, Shy Pone and Quinten Bedsole each logged an RBI for East Bladen.
Xavier Wooten was tagged with the loss after allowing six earned runs in three innings of work.
St. Pauls is back in action tonight against West Bladen. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
In other Three Rivers Conference action, the Red Springs baseball team opened its season with a 16-0 win over Westover in five innigs. The Red Devils scored 10 runs in the second and added six more in the fourth inning.
Red Springs hosts Purnell Swett tonight at 5 p.m.
Marlboro Academy grabs a pair of wins over Lady Rams
The Purnell Swett softball team was the only other county squad in action on Monday. The Lady Rams dropped a pair of games to Marlboro Academy, losing 9-6 and 10-1.
In game one, Marlboro Academy plated five runs in the top of the fourth inning to take the win. JaiLeana Deese went 2-for-2 at the dish for Purnell Swett and drove in three runs, while also scoring a run herself. Hunter Bullard went 2-for-3 with an RBI as well.
Marlboro Academy plated runs in each of the four innings to run away with game two. Deese went 2-for-3 batting and Bullard, Trinity Locklear, Seressa Carter and Madison Strickland each tallied a hit.
Fairmont finishes 2nd, Red Springs takes 4th in opening TRC golf match
WHITEVILLE — The Fairmont and Red Springs golf teams opened the season on Monday at Whiteville Country Club, with the Golden Tornadoes earning a runner-up finish and the Red Devils taking fourth.
South Columbus won the match with a team score of 329, with Fairmont finishing at 349, Whiteville at 361 and Red Springs at 430.
Fairmont’s Zach Parker earned third for the Golden Tornadoes, carding a 79 to finish one stroke back of South Columbus’ Anthony Cartrette and Wesley Bryan. Josh Johnson and Lucas Andrews posted an 88 for the Golden Tornadoes, with Korey Deese carding 92 and Daniel Leonard posting 98.
Jeffery Lewis from Red Springs shot 97 and Zachary Brayboy led South Robeson with a 98.
The Three Rivers Conference golf teams will be back in action Monday at Scothurst Golf Club in Lumber Bridge.