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Ritchie Ends Magnolia’s Run

May 22, 2019
By Bruce Crawford - Staff Writer , Wetzel Chronicle

The Ritchie County Rebels scored SIX runs in the second inning and four more with two outs to end Magnolia's season in a 10-0 win in the Region I, Section II sectional finale May 15 at Ritchie County's Schofield and Butcher Field.

The Blue Eagles had the bases-loaded in the fourth but couldn't pull the trigger.

Patrick Mirandy took the loss from the mound, while Silas McKeever and Jared Kocher also saw duty. They combined on a six-hitter, but walked three and hit two batters. The Eagles committed five errors.

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Magnolia first baseman Matthew Gaiser stretches out to get a St. Marys’ baserunner.

McKeever and Matthew Gaiser were the only two hits for Magnolia. In addition, the Big Blue had some shots that didn't fall, while the Rebels made some nice defensive plays that hurt a few chances to score.

The Eagles finished the season with double-digit wins and will lose Patrick Mirandy, Matthew Gaiser, Jared Kocher and Eli Nice to graduation.

The famous "Tallman" Play in the eighth, as well as Caden Cisar game-winning RBI single, and several Devil wild-pitches spring-boarded the Blue Eagles into the Region I, Section II Championship with a won or go home, 8-7 win over St Marys May 14 at Blue Devil Stadium at St Marys High School.

The #2 seed St Marys club scored 2-runs in the home-half of the first on a walk, error, wild-pitch, ground-out and RBI single to take a 2-0 lead after one inning of play.

The Eagles Silas McKeever was robbed on a sensational defensive play and throw by their short-stop, as well as grabbing a line-drive by Matthew Gaiser in the second frame of sectional baseball action.

The Blue Eagles hurler Jake Gamble walked the first batter in the second, before giving up a single. But, got out of the second with out any more damage by delivering a pair of ground outs and a strike-out.

In the third inning of play, Jared Kocher opened with a walk, while Austin Scheibelhood reached on an error, and Kocher racing to third. Pat Mirandy walked to load the bases, with Gamble drilling a liner to first for the second out. A wild-pitch scored Kocher, while Caden Cisar plated two more with a two out single to give the visitors a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the third.

The Eagles gave up a walk and another error, but the Big Blue got out of it once again. However, a walk and a nifty sacrifice bunt by Brendon Mirandy didn't pan out for any more Blue Eagles gold.

But, in the bottom of the fourth, the wheels fell-off and the home-standing Blue Devils took advantage and scored five-runs with two-outs on 3-hits, including a 2-RBI double by Brayden Wilson, 3-HBP and one very costly error to grab a 7-3 lead heading into the fifth inning of play.

The Blue Eagles got Gamble and Cisar on with a pair of base-hits, but a nice catch by Austin Ebert in deep center-field robbed McKeever of an extra-base hit, and couldn't get anybody home.

The Blue Devils also threatened in the bottom half, but a nice defensive play and a single by Jack Hadley, turned into an out at home on a nice defensive play by Caden Cisar at home to end the inning at keeping it a 7-3 game heading into the sixth inning.

However, three walks in the inning went astray, with the Blue Devils pitcher catching a MHS base-runner napping to keep it a four-run St Marys lead.

Gamble got the first two batters out, but after a HBP, MHS Head Coach Dave Cisar went to Brendon Mirandy who attempted to pick-off the St Marys base-runner at first, that raced all the way to third and followed that with a walk, that got Coach Cisar to go with Brendon's brother Patrick to put out the fire, who did in a pop-out to Gamble at short to get out of a pickle.

Gamble started the party started when he was HBP, Cisar then struck-out, while Gamble scored on a long triple by "Superman" himself Patrick Mirandy, who later scored on a wild-pitch. Matthew Gaiser then walked, and raced to third on an Eli Nice base-hit, who scored on another Blue Devil wild-pitch, with Nice going to third who tied the game at 7-7 by scoring on another wild-pitch.

The Eagles got the first Blue Devil out, but Eric Illar infield single got him to second on a throwing error. However, the Blue Eagle defense rose to the challenge to halt any type of St Marys walk-off. Coach Cisar brought in the right-fielder to keep the base runner close, with McKeever going to right and played with 2-outfielders and an extra infielder. A come-backer to Patrick got the second out, putting the tieing run on third, but now with two-outs.

Coach Cisar put McKeever back in centerfield sending Brendon Mirandy back to rightfield. The next batter drilled a hard-one to center-firld, but McKeever was 'Johnny on the Spot, and jumped up to make the out sending the game to the eighth.

After a strike-out, to open the eighth, Pat Mirandy tripled and scored what would be the game-winner off a Caden Cisar single to give the Eagles a one run lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, up 8-7.

After a Kaleb Starkey catch at second base and a Jacob Hoyt single, the Devils then walked and Hoyt going to second. This is where the Blue Eagles pulled off the famous Magnolia "Tallman" play. Patrick Mirandy looked like he was going to try to pick-off the runner at second, but held on to the ball, while the short-stop, second baseman along with the extra infielder all yelling Tallman, while pretending that the ball went onto the outfield and the St Marys base-runner headed for third, but Patrick tagged him out going to third, with the Blue Devil other base-runner reaching second on the play for out #2.

Gamble bubbled a hard shot at second, but got his composure and threw him out at first with Gaiser (6-4) body fully stretching to haul in the final out to end the game.

Pacing the Magnolia offense was Caden Cisar with two-singles and three RBIs, including the game-winner. McKeever belted a pair of doubles, while Nice was bad, walked, scored and singled twice. Gamble was HBP, scored and singled twice, while Patrick Mirandy walked, scored and tripled. Gaiser walked and scored, while Kocher walked three times and scored. Scheibelhood also walked scored and drove in a run.

Gamble started and struck-out a pair, while Patrick Mirandy got the win, stuck-out one and walked two, and Brendon Mirandy walked one in relief.

For St Marys, Marshall Norman, Braden Wilson and Brendon Fox each had two hits, while Illar took the loss, struck-out three and walked one. Three other pitchers saw time on the mound in the last two-innings.

The win, the Eagles head to Ritchie where threy will need two-wins to capture the Region I, Section II title for the opportinity to keep their season alive and move onward rowards another WVSSAC Class-A State Title.

"What can I say, the guys battled and batteled and did what they needed to do to win the game," said Coach Cisar. "That Tallman play hasn't worked for awhile and the boys did an exceptional job to pull it off. I must say it was the whole team, including the bench, who never gave up and their enthusiasm was instrumental, too. Boy was this fun. If the boys messed up in one way they did did the job somewhere else, that's these guys knowing what is needed to do to get the job done."

 
 
 

 

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