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Knights Walk Away With 18-13 Sectional Win

May 16, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer (bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

The Blue Eagles Patrick Mirandy doubled and singled twice, while knocking in four runs, but it wasn't enough to get past Tyler Consolidated, 18-13 in the WVSSAC Class-A Region I, Section II Semi-Final May 12 at Tyler Consolidated.

In the first inning, the Blue Eagles' starter Jake Gamble couldn't find the strike-zone, walking the Knights first three batters before being relieved by Mirandy. Mirandy walked in the first run before Gage Huffman cleared the bases with a triple. Bill Seckman followed with an RBI single, scoring Huffman that gave Tyler Consolidated an upper-hand, 6-0.

Magnolia couldn't get anything going again in the second stanza, but the Knights added a run in the bottom half to take a 7-0 lead.

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Magnolia’s Leo Herrick reaches first base safely during a recent sectional game

In the third inning, the Blue Eagles started a comeback, scoring four runs when Matthew Gaiser opened with a double, and after a fly-out Gamble was HBP. Will Nice followed with an RBI single with everyone moving up on the throw home. Leo Herrick then singled in two more runs, while Gamble scored on a Tyler wild pitch to pull to within, 7-4.

After the Knights went down in order, the Eagles scored twice more in the top of the fourth when Jared Kocher doubled, while Eli Nice drew a walk from Dylan Roberts who replace Tyler West. West struck-out Gaiser, but Mirandy drilled a single, knocking in Kocher. Mirandy would score on a Will Nice base hit to pull to within, 7-6.

But, the Knights would send 12 batters to the plate, scoring seven runs with the help of five walks and three base hits to put the nail in the coffin, making it 14-6.

Magnolia would not go down quietly, scoring six more runs in the fifth. After a walk to lead-off the inning, Dalton Pritchard hit an RBI double, and after two more walks to load the bases, Gaiser stroked a two-RBI double, followed by a Mirandy two-RBI double. Billy Nice ended the Blue Eagle scoring with a RBI single to pull Magnolia to within a deuce at, 14-12

However, the Silver Knights received singles by Luke Daugherty and a RBI single by Noah Smith. Tyler ended their four-run sixth that was aided by a pair of Gamble wild pitches.

Magnolia used four different pitchers with Gamble taking the loss, struck-out two and walked six, while the other three pitchers walked eight.

Mirandy paced the Magnolia 13 hit attack with a double and two singles, and knocking in four runs. Billy Nice singled home three runs, while Herrick brought home two with his base hit. Pritchard smacked a RBI double, while Gaiser knocked in a pair with a single and a double.

Tyler Consolidated also used four different pitchers with Tyler West picking up the win, struck-out one, and walked two.

Daughtery had three singles with three RBIs, while Huffman added a single and a triple, while knocking in four teammates. Seckman provided two singles with three RBIs to lead the eight-hit Tyler base hits.

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Magnolia 13, St Marys 2

The Eagles' Silas McKeever singled twice and doubled, while Patrick Mirandy shut down the top seeded bats of St. Marys with two-hit in four and two-thirds innings pitched, striking out six and walking three, en route to a 13-2 Blue Eagle victory May 8 at St. Marys High School in the Region I, Section II second game.

Magnolia picked up one run in the top of the first when Mirandy drilled a St. Marys fast ball to left-center for a stand-up double and went to third when the ball went to the out-field, trying to pick him off at second. Jake Gamble knocked Mirandy in with a long sacrifice fly.

Mirandy struck out the first batter, but the next batter got on via an error. However, Mirandy induced a double-play to get out of the first, one-two-three.

The Eagles' bats were hotter than a fire-cracker in the second as they scored three more runs on three hits, including a Mirandy double, one Blue Devil error to grab a 4-0 lead.

Mirandy gave up a two-strike single to the first batter in the bottom half, but struck-out the next three. Leo Herrick opened the third when he was HBP and motored to third on a McKeever double. Dalton Pritchard then walked to load the bases. Jared Kocher hit a hard drive to third base for the first out, and Eli Nice struck-out for the second out. However, Matthew Gaiser drilled Herrick and McKeever in with a single to push the Magnolia lead to 6-0.

Mirandy walked the first Devil batter on four straight out of the strike-zone, and walked another batter to set the table for what was to come.

St. Marys drilled one to left, but Eli Nice made a diving circus catch to rob a base-hit, got up and threw-out the runner out at second for a routine double-play. Mirandy hit the next batter, but got out of the inning unscathed with a harmless pop-out to Gamble at short.

The Eagles' bats were just getting warmed up as they scored four more times in the fourth, starting with a Gamble walk and a pair of steals. Herrick drove him home on a single, and McKeever moved Herrick to third on a single, and raced to second on the play.

In addition, Pritchard knocked in two with a stand-up double. After a strike-out, Eli Nice knocked in the fourth run of the inning with a solid single to give the visiting Eagles a 10-0 lead.

St. Marys started to get something going in the bottom half with a Magnolia error. After a ground-out, Mirandy struck-out two of the next three batters in between a walk to get out of the inning.

But the Eagles weren't done as they gave Mirandy some insurance runs with three runs in the top of the fifth when Gamble opened with a walk. Will Nice drove Gamble to third with a blast off the third-baseman's glove for a single. Herrick drove home Gamble with a sacrifice-fly to right. McKeever added another base-hit before a fly-out for the second out. Brody Cartwright pinch-hitting was walked to load the bases, and Eli Nice drove in a pair to push the lead to 13-0.

Mirandy gave up his second single of the night to start the bottom of the fifth. After a stolen base and a ground-out, the Eagles committed an error, but on the play got the runner out at home on a nice throw from Gamble to Will Nice at home for the second out.

However, MHS Head Coach Dave Cisar pulled Mirandy as his pitch count was close to force him to sit-out some time at the mound. In entered Pritchard, who gave up the first run charged to Mirandy that halted the shut-out. After two straight walks to load the bases, in came Dared Kocher. He threw a wild-pitch, that resulted in the Blue Devils second run, but Kocher got a ground-out to end the game with Magnolia on top 13-2 in a mercy-rule shortened game.

Mirandy got the win, struck-out six and walked three, while helping himself out at the plate as well, with a pair of doubles and a run batted in. McKeever had a solid outing as well. He doubled and singled twice, while Eli Nice and Herrick each singled twice with Herrick driving in two and Eki one.

In addition, Gamble singled and drove in three runs, while Pritchard double in two runs, and Gaiser singled in two more.

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Magnolia 11, Frontier 2

Will Nice and Patrick Mirandy tossed a four-hitter against Frontier to lead Magnolia to a 11-2 victory May 3 at Mullett Field.

Nice got the win, striking out five and walking five, while Mirandy finished up, struck-out three and didn't walk a batter.

At the plate, Mirandy and Leo Herrick each smacked a pair of doubles, with Herrick driving in a run, while Gamble singled and doubled.

In addition, Brody Cartwright singled in three runs, while Jared Kocher drove home two with a single. Will Nice and Dalton Pritchard each added a single for Magnolia.

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Magnolia, One Win From Sectional Crown, Beats Tyler 11-9

The Eagles' Dalton Pritchard laid down a two-strike suicide squeeze, scoring Jake Gamble from third in the sixth inning. Meanwhile, Leo Herrick tacked on three-hits and five RBIs, while getting the final out from the mound, to help lift Magnolia to a 11-9 victory over a stunned Tyler Consolidated crowd in the Region I, Section II sectional semifinals May 9 in Kidwell.

The No. 5 seeded Blue Eagles beat the No. 4 seeded Ritchie County bunch, 13-3, on May 7; they beat No. 1 seeded St. Marys, 13-2, on May 8. The Eagles were looking to push their five-game winning streak to six when they hooked up with the No. 2 seeded Tyler Consolidated on May 9.

The Knights have defeated the Eagles twice, by the scores of 8-2 and 12-11. Magnolia had defeated the Knights, 5-3, in the season opener. The Eagles have won their last five games by a combined 54-15 total, entering the game.

Patrick Mirandy was HBP to start the game, stole second and third. Jake Gamble followed with a walk, stole second, and Will Nice drove in Mirandy with a sacrifice fly. Leo Herrick drove in Gamble with a single and scored later on a Tyler Knight throwing error to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

However, Tyler Consolidated fought back and scored twice when Kyle Mason tripled and scored on a Dylan Roberts ground-out. Tyler West walked and later scored on a Noah Smith single to narrow the gap to 3-2, Magnolia.

The Eagles, in return, scored four runs in the second on four hits, including a 2-RBI by Herrick, a fielder's choice and a Tyler Consolidated error.

The Knights would add another run in the home half on two walks, a single and a Magnolia error, making the game 7-3.

The Eagles threatened in the third when Eli Nice singled and got to third on a Tyler error but was left stranded while the Knights went down in order to close out three innings of play.

Tyler Consolidated would close the gap in the fourth with some two-out lightning, when Jake Rice started with a double. Creed Ammons struck-out, but the ball hit the dirt and the Blue Eagle catcher threw to high scoring Rice, while Ammons shuffled on to second. After a walk to Mason, Ammons tried to steal third, but the Blue Eagle catcher threw widely to third, scoring Ammons while Mason moved on to second. Roberts followed with an RBI single before the Eagles got the third out, still holding a 7-6 lead.

The Eagles failed to score in the fifth, but the Knights added two runs to take the lead for the first time after five innings of play, 8-7.

A one-out walk to Gamble started a four-run sixth inning rally. Will Nice doubled, while Gamble was trying to go to the third on the base hit, was obstructed and was awarded home to knot things up at 8-8.

Herrick followed up with a RBI infield single. He then stole second, and both Herrick and Nice scored on a Silas McKeever double. McKeever raced to third on a pass ball, and scored on the Pritchard suicide squeeze. Pritchard was doubled off first on a pop-up to end the sixth, but took a 11-8 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Mason opened the sixth with a single off the glove of Will Nice, and stole second and scored on a wild-pitch to pull to within 11-9.

Magnolia went down in order in the top of the sixth.

After a nice catch by Pritchard, behind the back-stop for the first out, Will Nice gave up two straight singles and a walk to load the bases. Magnolia Head Coach Dave Cisar replaced Nice with Herrick, who got Mason to ground-out to Kocher at third to end the wild and crazy game.

Herrick led the way offensively with three singles and five RBIs, while McKeever and Will Nice each added RBI doubles. Pritchard and Kocher each had RBI singles, while Matt Gaiser, Eli Nice and Patrick Mirandy each had a base hit. Gamble didn't get a hit, but he scored two runs and stole just as many bases.

Will Nice got the win from the hill. He struck-out four and walked five, while Herrick got the save.

Roberts took the loss; he didn't strike-out a batter and walked three, while West struck-out one and didn't walk a batter.

Mason tripled, while Smith and Rice each had a double. Ammons and Smith both had RBI singles for the Knights.

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Eagles Smack Rebels, 13-3

Magnolia fought off an early 2-0 deficit and blasted Ritchie, 13-3, in the Region I, Section II opener May 7 at Ritchie County Ballfield.

After the 0-2 deficit, Magnolia scored a run in the top of the fourth and five more in the fifth to grab a commanding 6-2 advantage. Magnolia scored its initial run when Jared Kocher reached safely to lead things off, and two straight singles by Eli Nice and Matthew Gaiser to load the bases, scored on a Patrick Mirandy single.

In the fifth, Leo Herrick drilled a triple to start the onslaught, and Billy Nice ended the fifth with a two-RBI single.

Magnolia wasn't done as they scored seven runs on seven hits, including a Gaiser double to give them 13 runs.

Caden Cisar knocked in two runs with a single in the top of the seventh to give the visitors a 13-2 lead.

Ritchie scored its final run in the bottom of the seventh on a pair of singles and fielder's choice.

Jake Gamble tossed six innings, struck-out eight and walked four and got the win, while Kocher tossed the seventh and gave up a pair of hits.

Billy and Eli Nice were both 3-3, with Billy knocking in a three runs, while Herrick plated two with a single and a triple to pace the Eagles' 19-hit attack. Gaiser and Silas McKeever each singled and doubled, while Gamble, Kocher and Mirandy each had two singles, with Caden Cisar knocked in two runs with a single.

Both teams left 25 runners on base with Ritchie leading the way with 13 left on base, including eight in scoring position.

 
 

 

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