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Eagles’ Streak Ended By Knights

April 5, 2017
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer (bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

The Magnolia Lady Blue Eagles six-game winning streak was abruptly halted by Tyler Consolidated and Shadyside, by the scores of 7-2 and 6-1, respectively last week.

The Lady Knights used a six-run third inning to halt the Eagles winning streak, March 30 at Kidwell. Vanessa Templeton helped herself out at the plate with a double, while Madison Lasick punched out a two RBI single to lead the way in the inning.

The Lady Blue Eagles scored once in the fourth and another run in the top of the seventh when Tylar Seckman walked, stole second, and marched to third on a ground-out, and scored on another ground-out for their first run. Their second run took place in the seventh when Emily Shank walked with two-outs, and rushed to third on an error and scored on a Lauren Anderson base-hit.

Besides her two hits from the plate, Templeton limited Magnolia to only three-hits; Anderson and Kayla Brill singled, and a Knydra Pilant double. She struck-out six and walked three.

Ashley Tharp was the hard-luck losing pitcher for Magnolia. She also struck-out six and walked four, in limiting the Lady Knights to the aforementioned double by Templeton and a single by Madison Lasick.

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In the 6-1 loss at Shadyside March 29, the Eagles were tormented by the Tigers Kaitlyn Weaver from the mound and at the plate. From the circle, she struck-out 16 batters, while belting two doubles from the plate.

The Lady Blue Eagles scored their lone run in the seventh when Emily Shank doubled and rushed to third on a Shadyside error, and scored on a Via Anderson single.

Tharp again took the loss from the circle for the (7-3) Eagles. She scattered seven hits, but only struck-out one batter, while giving up no walks.

The Eagles will look to start a new winning streak when they took on Ravenswood Monday, River Tuesday, at Wheeling Central at I-470 ball fields tonight at 5 p.m., Thursday at Monroe Central, before hosting their annual tournament Friday and Saturday.

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Piekarski Leads Eagles To 12-1 Win Over Wildcats

Magnolia's Ashlyn Piekarski limited Paden City to a run on one hit in six innings from the mound, while plating a run on three singles in leading Magnolia to a 12-1 victory over Paden City March 29 on a muddy Paden City Park Field.

The Wildcats opened the scoring in the bottom half of the first inning when Abrey Neff reached base on a two-base Eagle error, and scored on another Blue Eagle miscue for a 1-0 lead.

However, the visitors' Kyndra Pilant opened the second stanza with a double and scored on a Piekarski single. The Eagles tacked on the winning run when Paige Brill lined a one-out single and later scored on an Ashley Tharp single, for a 2-1 Magnolia lead.

The Big Blue scored five runs in the fifth when Kayna Anderson opened the bottom half with a single and scooted to second on a Brill single, and scored on a Lindsay Whiteman double. Tharp plated a pair with a double, while Pilant knocked in a run with her third straight hit. Pikarski, Alex Berger and Brooke Hostetler each added singles.

Magnolia would close the book in the sixth when it scored five more times in the sixth with the help of three Wildcat errors, and doubles by Whiteman and Tharp, along with singles by Piekarski, Kenna Petin and Hostetler.

Piekarski paced the Blue Eagles with three singles and a RBI from the plate and struck out one and walked one, while limiting Paden City to a run one on one hit. Tharp and Pilant also had three hits, while Whiteman plated a run with a pair of doubles. Hostetler, Anderson and Brill each singled twice, while Petin and Berger each added a single.

Neff took the loss from the circle. She struck out four in five innings of work, while Caitlyn Stewart pitched the final inning, striking out one and walking one.

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Long Ball Powers Lady Eagles In 5-2 Win Over Central

Ashley Tharp, Taylor Ludewig and Kyndra Pilant each belted home runs to power Magnolia to a 5-2 victory over Steubenville Catholic March 27 in Steubenville.

With Tharp, Ludewig and Pilant going yard for the Eagles, Tharp kept the speedy base-runners off the bases, and their powerful bats of Steubenville Catholic in check. Tthe (6-1) Blue Eagles made good use of their seven hits, scoring four runs via home runs, and two via singles, sacrifice and Catholic error.

In the second inning, the Eagles started the party with a lead-off Pilant single. Emily Shank sacrificed her to second. After a Lauren Anderson base on balls, Pilant scored the first run of the game on a Catholic error.

However, Steubenville Catholic matched the Eagles run with none of their own in the bottom half of the inning.

But the Blue and Gold upped the ante with a two-run third. Tylar Seckman opened up with a single. She raced to second on a ground-out, and scored on a Tharp two-run home-run.

Again, Central followed up with a unearned run in the bottom half of the inning to bring the score down to 3-2 Magnolia.

The Eagles plated back-to-back solo shots by Ludewig and Pilant to end all the scoring in the sixth.

Meanwhile, Tharp won her fifth game of the young season with a five strikeout and two walk performance.

Tharp singled and belted a two-run homer to pace the seven Magnolia Blue Eagle hits, while Pilant singled and homered. Ludewig also homered, while Seckman and Kayna Anderson each belted singles.

 
 
 

 

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