Dallas Mullet, Mallory Chapman, and Abby Durig each had multi-hit games as the Magnolia Lady Blue Eagles continued their successful season by beating the Martins Ferry Lady Purple Riders 6-1 April 16 at the Hydro Fields in New Martinsville.
In the top of the first, the Riders went down in order. Dallas Mullet singled with one out, but Chapman grounded into a 1-4-3 double play to end the inning.
After Tori Tharp struck out the first two Purple batters to start the top of the second, Ferry got a single. However, the next batters flew out to catcher Marissa Bosley to end the inning.
Tharp reached on an error and pinch runner Stephanie Mullett replaced Tharp at first. Mullett scored when Abby Durig smacked a single with two outs. The next batter, senior Mackenzie Dawson, drilled a double over the right fielder's head that scored Durig. Cassidi Wells then struck out to end the inning with Magnolia in the lead, 2-0.
Again, Ferry went down in order in the top of the third. With one out in the bottom of the third, Dallas Mullett, Chapman, Tharp, and Emily Blake got four straight singles that brought home three Lady Eagles to score.
Then, with two outs, Durig doubled to put runners at second and third. However, Dawson struck out to end the inning with the Blue on top 4-0.
With two outs in the top of the fourth, Ferry drew a walk. The next batter smacked a double to score the runner and the next Purple Rider batter walked to put runners at first and second. The next batter up flew out to Chapman to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth with one out, Bosley doubled and Chapman hit a double, scoring Bosley. Tharp popped out to second to end the inning.
The first two Rider batters reached in the top of the fifth. Then, with two outs, Ferry got a single, followed by a grounder to Babe, who threw it to first for the out.
In the bottom of the fifth, Magnolia went down in order, but held the lead 6-1 after five innings of play. In the top of the fifth with one out, Ferry got a single. But, the next two batters got out to end the inning. The Lady Eagles went down in order in the home half of the inning.
Ferry got two singles to open the last frame, but the seeming rally was short-lived. The next two Purple Rider batters got out to end the game
Hitting for the Eagles were: Dallas Mullet with two singles; Chapman, who doubled and singled and drove in a run; and Durig, with a single and a double plus an RBI.
Dawson and Bosley each doubled while Dawson also drove in a run. Blake singled and brought a pair of teammates home to score. Ending the hitting for Magnolia was Tharp with a single.
The Eagles scored six runs on 10 hits, while Ferry scored one run on seven hits. Tharp got the win from the mound, striking out eight and walking three in a complete game effort.
Magnolia 8, Cameron 4
Tharp eclipsed the 700-strikeout level for her career, as she sat down 10 Lady Dragons in an 8-4 victory over Cameron April 12 at New Martinsville's Hydro Fields.
Bosley homered twice - including one over the left field fence that dented the scoreboard - singled once, and had three RBIs in the regularly-scheduled game.
The Dragons got a pair of singles with one out in the top of the first. But, Tharp struck out the next two batters to end the inning. In the bottom half of the first, Bosley singled, Dallas Mullet reached on an error, and Chapman walked to load the bases.
Tharp then reached on a fielder's choice, but Bosley was put out at the plate. Blake stepped to the plate and brought in three runners as she smacked a double to left field.
Blake then scored when Babe grounded out to first base. Durig, a freshman, hit a ball that just missed going over the left field fence and had to settle for a double. However, she was stranded when Dawson struck out to end the inning.
Both teams went down in order in the second inning. But, in the third, the Lady Dragons once again got a pair of singles with one out. After a fly out to Durig at second base, another single loaded the bases and two runs scored when the next batter reached on an error.
However, that was all the damage the Dragons did as the next Cameron batter popped out. In the bottom of the third Tharp reached on an error with one out.
Pinch runner Kennedy Slampak replaced Tharp on the base, but she was left standing when Blake lined out to the pitcher. Babe then grounded out to the shortstop, who fired it to first for the final out of the inning with the Eagles leading 4-2.
In the top of the fourth, the Dragons went down in order. Then, in the bottom of the fourth, Dawson walked with one out.
Then, with two outs, Bosley hit a long ball over the right field fence. Mullet came behind her and struck out to end the inning. But, the first of Bosley's homeruns put the Eagles up 6-2 after four innings of play.
In the top of the fifth, Tharp fielded a ground ball and fired it to Chapman at first for the out. Then, the Dragons got a single. With two outs, a Cameron base runner reached on an error and that was fouled by a single to score a run. But, Tharp struck out the next batter to end the inning with the host up 6-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, Tharp singled and was relieved on base by Slampak once again, who later scored when Blake reached on an error by the left fielder with one out.
Babe flew out to the first baseman and Durig grounded out to the second baseman to end the inning, with Magnolia up 7-3 after five.
The Dragons got a single with one out and scored in the next inning when the batter doubled.
However, the threat was quickly over as the next Cameron batter grounded out to Mullett at shortstop to end the inning.
As the sixth frame started, Dawson grounded out to the pitcher. Meghan Miller hit a dribbler in front of the plate that was fielded by the catcher and thrown to first for out number two.
However, Bosley answered the call again and slammed her second homerun, only this time it was over the left field fence, bounced off the scoreboard, and dented the scoreboard. Mullet then grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning.
In the top of the seventh the Dragons went down in in order and the Eagles got the 8-4 victory.
Offensively for the Eagles, Bosley homered twice, singled once, and drove in three runs while Blake doubled and had two RBIs. Babe got an RBI and Durig doubled. The Eagles scored eight runs on six hits, while Cameron scored four runs on nine hits.
The Eagles are heading down the home stretch of the regular season as this week continues with games at home against Weir on April 19. Weir, 409 on the season, ranks eighth in OVAC Class-4A.
The big game is a twinbill with the Fort Frye Cadets who were 10-2 as of April 15 and ranked second in OVAC Class3-A. The Lady Eagles will visit Bellaire St. John's April 18 and have a rematch with Martins Ferry April 21 at Martins Ferry.