Magnolia 4, River 2
Lady Eagle Mallory Chapman poked a three-run homer in the top of the first inning and struck out 13 batters to lead Magnolia to a 4-2 victory over the previously undefeated River Lady Pilots April 7 in Sardis. Chapman issued a lone base on balls in a complete game.
Chapman's round trip was preceded immediately by a double from Ashley Moore and a single from Audrey Gibb to open the game.
The Pilots' hurler, Monica Curtis, settled down and held the Big Blue in check the next two frames. The Eagles tallied a run in the fourth, when Katie Blatt singled, stole second and scored on another Audrey Gibb single.
Meanwhile, Chapman was mowing down Pilots from within the circle and held the Big Red Machine from making any noise until the fifth and sixth innings, Gabby Goudy and Makayla Cieszeski each chased home runs with a base hit.
Curtis took the loss from the hill for the Pilots, striking out six and walking five. Chapman sat down 13 Pilot batters and walked one to get the win from the mound.
At the plate for the Pilots, Haylee Bowers smacked a double, while Goudy and Cieszeski each drove in a run with singles. Curtis, Mackenzie Marshall and Rosey Romick each had a base hit for the Pilots. In addition, Cieszeski, Curtis and Marshall turned a 3-6-4 double play for River, with Marshall covering first.
At the dish for the Blue Eagles, Chapman let sail a three-run home run, while Moore belted a double. Gibb plated a run with a single, while Blatt, Abbey Durig, Davianne Croasmun and Erinn Clegg each had singles. In addition, Gibb, Blatt and Durig each stole a base, while Stephanie Mullett laid down a sacrifice.
After hosting Tyler Consolidated Tuesday, the red-hot Paden City Lady Wildcats will visit Sardis tonight at 5 p.m., followed by away games at Buckeye Trail and Frontier Local, Thursday and Friday, respectively, at 5 p.m.
The Lady 'Cats will play Caldwell in a double-header home game on Saturday at 1 p.m. Meanwhile, Magnolia will have hosted Fort Frye Tuesday and will go on the road the next two days against Lincoln and Shadyside. The Lady Eagles will return home to host their own tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Steubenville Central 0
Ashley Moore singled twice, doubled and knocked in two runs, while scoring two of the three of Magnolia's runs to lead Magnolia to its third straight win , 3-0 March 31 at Steubenville Catholic.
Moore opened the game with a double and scored on a Mallory Chapman single to give the Blue a quick 1-0 advantage. Chapman kept the Catholic bats silent, while Moore singled in the third, stole a base and scored once again on an Abby Durig double to provide more than enough for the Eagles.
In four games this season, Chapman has struck out 36 batters, while yielding 16 hits and issuing no walks in 27 innings. She struck out four batters and gave up five hits to Central Catholic.
St. Clairsville 6-6,
Abby Durig doubled and singled twice, while knocking in three runs in a double-header, but it wasn't quite enough to get past the Lady Red Devils, 6-3 and 6-4 April 5 in St. Clairsville.
Mallory Chapman singled, doubled and plated a run, while Audrey Gibb singled in a run for Magnolia. Chapman took the loss in the opener, striking out five and walking her first batter of the season. Erinn Clegg took the loss in the nitecap cap, striking out out three and walking three.
River 8, Monroe Central 1
The red hot Lady Pilots defeated Monroe Central 8-1 March 31 and then bested Shadyside 8-0 the following day.
Against the Lady Seminoles, the Pilots scored four in the second and three more in the fourth to take a commanding lead.
Pilot hurler Monica Curtis limited the mighty Lady 'Noles to five hits, while sitting down five on strikes, to get the win. Rosie Romick came in to pitch in the seventh and struck out two for the save.
Curtis helped herself out at the plate, hitting three singles, while Haylee Bowers drove home a run on three singles. Mikayla Cieszeski plated two teammates on a pair of singles, while Emelie Heater smacked a single and drilled a double to power the Big Red Machine.
River 8, Shadyside 0
Rosey Romick drove in four runs, while belting a double and two singles, to help lead the Lady Pilots to a convincing 8-0 victory over the previously-undefeated Shadyside Lady Tigers.
Curtis and Goudy opened the home half of the first stanza with a pair of singles and sprinted home on a Romick single.
Romick would plate two more runs in the third, while Landyn Ramsay singled in a run in the fourth. Madison Taylor would drive in a run in the sixth, while Makenzie Marshall plated the last two runs in the sixth for good measure.
Goudy sat down 11 Lady Tiger batters from the circle, while Romick led the Pilots with four runs that were knocked in on two singles and a double. Taylor singled and doubled, while bringing home a pair of teammates.