The much anticipated matchup between the Magnolia Blue Eagles and Head Coach Dave Cisar with Union Local and Head Coach Mark Cisar took place April 16 at Mullett Field at MHS that pitted father versus son had several story lines.
The Eagles' Chandler Sapp twirled a two-hitter for four-and-two-thirds from the mound, and drilled a single and a double from the plate to help give the Big Blue a 8-0 lead before the thunder. lightning, and pouring rain hit the area and halted play the rest of the way.
Magnolia's Ryan Walton led the game off with a hit and would score the game's first run on a Tanner Hanna ground out, while Sapp and Kyle Elliott touched home on a Chase Miller base hit to give the hosts a 3-0 lead after one inning of play.
Miller would score the Blue Eagles' next run in the third frame to give Magnolia a four-run cushion.
The hits from Magnolia bats sounded like thunder in the bottom of the fourth in a four-run four-hit barrage to give the hosts an 8-0 lead heading into the top of the fifth.
Sapp was in complete control from the mound and was throwing lightning strikes, when Mother Nature took over and the natural thunder and lightning appeared that would post-pone the game with Jets at the plate. It will resume from the point of interruption on May 1 at Union Local High School at 5 p.m. right before a regularly scheduled game with Union Local.
"If we got 10 runs the game would have been over. I wish we could have got the game in, but the kids' safety comes first," said MHS Head Coach Dave Cisar.
Sapp led the Eagles with a single and a double, while Miller drove in a pair of teammates with a pair of singles. Tyler Anderson added an RBI double, while Hanna knocked in a pair of runs.
In addition, Zach Wilhoite and Grant Cain each recorded a RBI single.
Magnolia 3, River 0
The Eagles' Kyle Elliott pitched a masterful game against the River Pilots to help Magnolia avenge its only defeat of the season in 16 games, 3-0 in Hannibal April 15.
Elliott struck out 13 Pilot batters, while tossing a complete game one-hitter in the victory. Cain, Sapp, and Yale Wetzel each knocked in a run for Magnolia, while the Pilots Eric Dierkes broke up the no-hitter with a single.
Monroe Central 7
The Cardiac Kids from Magnolia did it again. After trailing 7-5 after five complete innings, the Big Blue responded with a three-run sixth and an insurance run in the seventh to get by Monroe Central, 9-7, in Woodsfield April 18 to run its record to 17-1 on the season.
MHS freshman Chase Miller was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, with a single, double, and a home run, while knocking in two RBIs, and fellow classmate Derrick Blain added three singles and a RBI.
In addition, Kyle Elliott knocked in three runs and plated three runs, while Tanner Hanna and Jake Starkey worked the first five innings, combined to strikeout three and walked three. Chandler Sapp pitched the final two frames, struck out two and walked two, gaining the nod from the mound.
Magnolia's Zach Wilhoite and teammate Kyle Elliott blasted a two-run home run at the plate in the first and sixth innings, respectively, while Elliott struck out nine and walked two in leading the OVAC Class-3A leader to a 10-2 victory over Clay-Battelle at Mullett Field at MHS April 20.
The Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning, led by a Wilhoite long ball. They increased their advantage by one in the fifth, and tacked on five more in the sixth, paced by an Elliott round-tripper for all the Eagle scoring.
The Cee-Bees broke up the shutout in the fifth with two runs, but were unable to make any more noise the rest of the way.
Wilhoite added a pair of singles to go along with his three-run blast, while Ryan Walton smacked two singles and Grant Cain knocked in a run.
Magnolia 5, Fort Frye 3
Wilhoite had a no-hitter through six innings of play and settled for a 5-3 two-hitter against the Fort Frye Cadets April 20 in Beverly, Ohio.
Wilhoite smashed a pair of singles and plated a run, while striking out five Cadet batters in helping Magnolia to its 18th win of the season against only one defeat.
Blue Eagle outfielder Ryan Walton paced the 13-hit Magnolia attack with a double and two singles, while bringing home a run. Grant Cain tacked on a pair of singles, while Tanner Hanna brought home a run on three singles. Chase Miller delivered one home with an RBI single.
Magnolia 10, N. Marion 3
After falling behind, 1-0 in the top of the first, the Magnolia Blue Eagle Baseball Team took over and scored runs in bunches, with two tallies in the first, third, and fourth innings, and posted a four spot in the second inning to beat the North Marion Huskies, 10-3 April 17 in Marion County.
Chase Miller got the win, striking out three and walking four, with Mason closing the game out in the seventh.
Miller helped himself out at the plate with a pair of singles, while teammate Kyle Elliott smashed a pair of singles, and blasted a home run with four RBIs.
In addition, Ryan Walton singled, and doubled twice, while Zach Wilhoite doubled in a pair of RBIs and Drew Keller added an RBI single.
Magnolia 14, Tyler 0
In his second start of the season, Magnolia's Jake Starkey sat down 13 of the 16 batters he faced in his first career no-hitter, a 14-0 shutout of Tyler Consolidated in a mercy-rule shortened game at Mullett Field, April 22.
Starkey helped out his cause at the plate as well with a pair of hits, including a double, while Zach Wilhoite knocked in four runs on a double and a single.
In addition, Ryan Walton, Chase Miller, and Grant Cain each had multiple hits, with Miller and Cain knocking in two and one runs, respectively.
The top-ranked OVAC Class-3A Eagles were scheduled to host Cameron April 23 and will go on the road April 24 and 25 against Shadyside and Liberty Harrison at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Magnolia will host OVAC Class 5-A John Marshall April 29 at 5 p.m. at Mullett Field.