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Tharp Dominant in Blue Eagles’ 11-2 Triumph

April 24, 2019
By Bruce Crawford - Staff Writer , Wetzel Chronicle


Staff Writer

Magnolia senior Ashley Tharp was dominant in all aspects of the game, which helped the Eagles beat Fort Frye, 11-2, in girls high school softball action on April 18 at Beverly, Ohio.

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Lindsay Whiteman scores the game winning run for Magnolia.

Tharp not only struck out 12, but limited the high-flying Cadets to three hits, while belting four doubles and blasting a three-run home run while scoring three runs.

Magnolia scored two runs in the first and second innings when Paige Brill led off with a single, while Kayna Anderson sacrificed her to second, and Brill came home on Tharp's double.

Ashley Kelly reached on a fielder's choice; Ashlyn Piekarski was HBP, and Lindsay Whiteman knocked in Tharp to grab a 2-0 lead after one.

In the second inning, Bayli Fluharty opened with a hit, while Sydney Scott walked, stole second, and Brill got them both in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. Anderson brought home a run on a fielder's choice, and Tharp pounded her second RBI double that pushed the Magnolia lead up to 4-0.

Brill opened the fourth with a one-out base hit, sole second and waltzed home on an Anderson RBI double, while Tharp cleared the bases with a blast over the fence to go up, 7-0, heading into the home half of the fourth.

Fort Frye scored its first run in the bottom of the fourth on a walk, single and an error, but Tharp struck-] out the next two batters to get out of a pickle.

In the sixth, the Eagles tacked on two more runs when Anderson opened with a single; Tharp belted an RBI double, and Piekarski followed with a RBI single.

Fort Frye tallied another run in the home half of the sixth with a single, two stolen bases and a fielder's choice. Magnolia finished its scoring in the seventh when Sydney Scott walked, Brill doubled, and then Anderson got an RBI groundout. Tharp added her fourth double that knocked in Scott. Kelly and Piekarski each walked to load the bases. However, a infield fly and another groundout kept Magnolia from doing anymore damage, leading 11-2.

The Cadets sent four to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, but failed to score.

Tharp had a night to remember; she knocked in six runs on four doubles and a home run, while getting the nod in the circle - striking out a dozen and walked two.

Magnolia 10, Paden City 0

Magnolia scored seven runs in the bottom of the third to break up a close game, and went on to defeat Paden City, 10-0, in a mercy-rule shortened game April 17.

Tharp was once more on her game, limited Paden City to one hit, and striking out nine of a possible 12 outs, while six different Eagles had at least two hits in leading Magnolia, with Ashley Kelly leading the charge with 3-hits and a pair of RBIs.

In addition, Lindsay Whiteman and Rian Dawson each plated two teammates on a pair of singles, while Tharp and Shyanna White each knocked home a run on a pair of singles. Anderson finished the Blue Eagle stats with a pair of base-hits.

Paden City's Ashyln Moses broke up the no-hitter with a single in the first inning, while Erin McIntire took the loss from the circle, struck-out one and walked one.

Blue Eagles Knockout Pilots

The Blue Eagles seeing-eye single by Shyanna White scored Lindsay Whiteman in the top of seventh inning to lift Magnolia past the River Pilots, 4-3, April 16 in Sardis.

Paige Brill opened the first with a gapper to right center and went to second on a Kayna Anderson groundout. She scored on an Ashley Tharp double, who scored on an Ashley Kelly base-hit to grab a quick 2-0 lead.

The Magnolia lead didn't last long as the River Pilots mustered a pair of runs on a pair of HBP, steal, walk, and a Eagle error to even things up at 2-2.

Both Tharp and the Lady Pilots' Katie Lively kept each other from scoring until the Blue Eagles tallied a run in the sixth when Anderson was HBP, stole second, and scored on a Tharp double off the top of the right-center-field fence to grab a 3-2 lead, and knocked Lively out of the game.

Whiteman drilled a one-out single in the seventh off Livi Rose, while White drove her in with a seeing-eye single to give the Blue Eagles a two-run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Riley Lollathin opened the home half with a stand-up double, was sacrificed to third, and scored on a Rose single. Tharp got out of a pickle with three groundouts, including two come-backers to end the game.

Rose paced the Lady Pilots with two singles and an RBI, while Jonayah Moeller singled twice. Lollathin doubled and stole a base. Candace Caldwell singled, while Lindsey Huffman had two sacrifices.

Rose took the loss in relief; she struck out two, while Lively struck out three and walked three in 6.2/3 innings.

Tharp got the win from the circle, striking out eight and walking three in going the distance. She also was HBP two times, doubled twice, and knocked in a pair, while Brill singled twice. White and Whiteman each plated a run and singled twice. Anderson was HBP twice and stole two bases, while Kelly drilled a single. Sydney Scott walked twice.



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