Wheeling Central 9, Magnolia 4
Magnolia scored four times in the sixth inning, but four errors and outstanding hitting by Wheeling Central would doom the Lady Eagles to a 4-9 loss in girls' softball action April 4 at the Blue Eagle Hydro Field.
Central got a pair in scoring position to open the game, but Magnolia hurler Mallory Chapman came through with some added heat to get Magnolia out of a jam.
Neither team did any damage until the top of the third, when Central took the lead. With two outs, Central hit a routine grounder that got through the infield and then stole second. The next Maroon batter would make it count, drilling a Chapman fast ball for a single to plate the game's first tally. Chapman settled down and enticed the next batter to ground out to end the inning.
The Blue Eagles' Stephanie Mullett opened the home half with a solid single down the middle. The Maroon Knight shortstop mishandled the next grounder, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. Chapman blasted a long fly ball to centerfield for a single that scored Mullett and knotted the game at one.
Central put up a two-spot in the fourth, one in the fifth and five more in the sixth to grab a 9-0 lead. Neither team scored in the seventh. However, the never-say-die cardiac kids from Magnolia started to pound the ball in the bottom half of the sixth, scoring three runs, highlighted by a two run double by Kennedy Slampak.
Chapman took the loss from the circle, giving up 13 hits, striking out three and walking two. From the plate, Chapman, Abby Durig and Audrey Gibb each recorded two hits, while Slampak added a two-run double. Mullett and Ashley Moore each lined a single.
Magnolia 9, St. Clairsville 2
Mallory Chapman smacked a long home run in sixth inning to high-light a 9-2 Blue Eagle victory that split a double header with St. Clairsville April 6 at the Eagles' Hydro Field.
St. Clairsville 4, Magnolia 3
Chapman and Abby Durig walked to start the home half of the first and scored without benefit of a hit to give the hosts a quick 2-0 advantage.
The Eagles tacked on three more runs in the second. Katie Blatt walked to open the second and moved to third on a Durig single. She scored when Chapman reached base on an error. After a Audrey Gibb walk, Ashley Moore reached base on another Red Devil error. Stephanie Mullett scored Durig on a fielder's choice and Darianne Croasmun plated Gibb with a sacrifice fly.
In the third frame, Blatt reached on the Red Devils fourth error, and Durig reached safely for the third time. They both scored on a Chapman single. Later, Chapman scored two batters later on a Moore single and finished the Magnolia scoring with her long homer in the sixth.
Chapman also picked up the win from the mound. She struck out three and walked three in going the distance.
However, in the opener, St. Clairsville scored four runs in the third and held off a late Magnolia rally to win, 4-3.
Chapman took the loss, striking out seven and walking a lone St. Clairsville batter. But, the Eagles committed four errors that made a difference in the outcome.
Chapman had a double and Durig knocked in two runs with a single to highlight the Eagle offense.
Shadyside 4, Magnolia 1
Chapman struck out 11 Shadyside batters, but the Tiger pitcher sat down 17 Blue Eagle batters en route to a 4-1 victory April 5 at the Eagles' Hydro Field.
The Eagles lone run came in the third frame. After a Durig single, Chapman smacked a double., But, Durig would be erased on a nice defensive play at third. Chapman would score, when Gibb drilled a fast ball for a base hit to score Chapman.
Chapman doubled twice, while Durig and Gibb singled for the Eagles lone hits.
Magnolia 8, Paden City 0
Magnolia scored eight runs on three hits to win a mercy-rule shortened game 8-0 April 2 at Paden City Park.
The Eagles opened the first, scoring four times on two hits and five walks, while tacking on three more runs in the fourth on one hit, two walks and two Paden City errors.
Ashley Moore drove in two runs on a single, while Chapman drove home the others on a triple and a single. Chapman also got the win from the mound. She struck out six and walked one, while Kelsey Loy took the loss with seven strike outs and 10 walks.
Hannah Stanley broke up the Chapman no-hitter with a single in the third inning.
FRIDAY, 4/12, HYDRO
5 p.m.: MHS-Ritchie County
6:45 p.m.: JM-Mussleman
SATURDAY, 4/13, BRUCE
11 a.m.: Ritchie-Pt. Pleasant
12:45 p.m.: Ritchie-Trinity
2:30 p.m.: Musselman-Harrison
4:15 p.m.: N. Marion-Mussleman
6 p.m.: Trinity-Pt. Pleasant
SATURDAY, 4/13, HYDRO
11 a.m.: N. Marion-Harrison
12:45 p.m.: MHS-Pt. Pleasant
2:30 p.m.: JM-N. Marion
4:15 p.m.: MHS-Trinity
6 p.m.: JM-Harrison
7:45 p.m.: CHAMPIONSHIP