Blue Eagle Bats Sizzling Hot; Win Six More
North Marion 13
The Magnolia Blue Eagles scored 11 runs in the seventh inning to come from behind in a 23-13 defeat of the North Marion Huskies April 10 in sled dog country.
The Eagles scored four runs in the first, two in the second, and five more in the third for 11 runs, but the Huskies tallied three runs in the bottom half of the first, four in the second, and six more in the third for a 13-11 advantage.
Both teams then pulled their starting pitchers and it was the Eagles that took advantage, scoring a run in the sixth and 11 more in the seventh to pull the game out of reach for the Huskies.
The two teams combined for 36 runs, 34 hits, and six errors, with Magnolia on the top side of each. Four Magnolia batters pounded Husky pitching for three or more hits, while three other Blue Eagles each added two hits.
Leading Magnolia’s offense was Chandler Sapp with a triple, three singles, and five RBIs, while teammate Zach Wilhoite also RBIed five on a double and three singles. Grant Cain came out of a mini slump to belt a double, three singles, and an RBI, while Ryan Walton smacked three singles.
In addition, Chase Miller knocked in four runs with a double and a single, while Kyle Elliott knocked in three more on a pair of singles. Tanner Hanna also had multiple hits with a pair of singles and one RBI.
From the hill, Wilhoite started for Magnolia and struck out three and walked three, while Jake Starkey struck out one and didn’t walk any. Elliott got the win in relief with three strike outs and no walks.
Ritchie County 7
The Cardiac Kids from Magnolia did it again April 9, scoring two runs in the seventh to come from behind to beat the Ritchie County Rebels 8-7 in Ritchie County.
With Magnolia down two runs in the top of the seventh, Blue Eagle freshman Chase Miller drove in the winning run to seal the win.
Chandler Sapp and Ryan Walton each paced the Eagles with a 15-hit attack of four hits and an RBI, while Tanner Hanna added three singles and plated two. In addition, Zach Wilhoite brought home three runs on a pair of singles, while Chase Miller pounded out two singles and RBIed one.
Hanna and Elliott combined to strike out eight batters and walk four, but Sapp was the pitcher of record who got the win.
Host Magnolia won its eighth straight game April 11 with a 9-4 win over Robert C. Byrd, as freshmen Derrick Blain and Chase Miller combined on a three-hitter and Blue Eagle bats pounded RCB pitching with 13 hits
Blain walked the Flying Eagles’ leadoff batter, but two Magnolia errors and a single would give the visitors a 2-0 lead. But, Blain took matters into his own hands and struck out three batters to retire the side.
In the home half of the first, Ryan Walton walked and Chandler Sapp sent a fastball out of the park for a two-run homer to knot the game at two. After a Tanner Hanna single, Miller belted a single off the pitcher’s glove that moved Hanna to third. Grant Cain then walked to load the bases. However, RCB got out of it without any further damage.
Neither team scored in the second, but MHS missed a routine out-of-bounds pop-up between third and home to give the visitors new life. RCB singled and then got a free base on a hit batsman with nobody out. However, Blain would nip the runner at third on a nice force out and Cain would pickoff an RCB runner trying to steal third. Blain would get out of the jam by striking out the next batter, keeping the score knotted up at two.
Blain opened the home half with a shot up the middle and Walton would walk for the second straight time. After a fielder’s choice, there were runners at the corners with one out. Magnolia was caught stealing and lost another chance to cash in with a flyout to end the second inning.
In the third frame, Blain got a little wild and walked in two RCB base runners. That prompted MHS Head Coach Dave Cisar to bring in Miller, who put out the fire by striking out the only batter he faced.
Zach Wilhoite opened the frame with a standup double and Hanna knocked him in with a single and moved to second on the play. Miller followed with his own single, scoring Hanna to tie the game at four.
After Cain singled, Jake Starkey laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt that put runners at first and second. Blain was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Walton knocked in a run with a bloop single and Sapp would RBI another Blue Eagle on a fielder’s choice to give Magnolia a 6-4 advantage. Kyle Elliott walked to load the bases, but a Wilhoite shot down the third base line was hauled in for the force out, ending the MHS rally.
The Magnolia defense held Byrd in check the rest of the way and scored three more runs in the fifth to seal the deal.
Blain started on the hill, striking out four and walking seven, while Miller picked up the win in relief with six Ks and a walk.
At the plate, Sapp continued his torrid hitting with two singles, a home run, and three RBIs to lead the 12-1 Blue Eagles. Hanna and Miller each recorded three hits, while Wilhoite added a double. Blain, Cain, and Walton each smacked singles in Magnolia’s 13-hit attack.
Magnolia claimed a 13-5 victory over Lincoln County April 13 in Shinnston, as Tanner Hanna hit a three-run homer and struck out four Cougar batters, while Chandler Sapp was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.
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The Blue Eagles scored five runs in the second and four more in the seventh to highlight the 11-hit Big Blue attack. Sapp led the hitting with two singles, a double and a triple, while plating two.
In addition to Hanna’s home run, Chase Miller, knocked in two teammates with a pair of singles, while Ryan Walton pounded Cougar pitching with a pair of singles. Zach Wilhoite added a double, while Kyle Elliott drilled an RBI single.
Tyler Consolidated 1
The red-hot Blue Eagle bats scored 15 runs and pounded out 15-hits to take care of Tyler Consolidated April 12 at Kidwell in a 15-1 mercy-rule shortened white-washing.
From the mound, Sapp limited Tyler to three hits, striking out six and walking two. At the plates, he belted three singles to lead the Blue Eagle attack.
In addition, Miller and Hanna each pounded out two doubles and two singles, while bringing home four base-runners. Mason had a two-RBI single.
Evan Davis broke up the shutout with an RBI single in the fourth inning for the Silver Knights.
Magnolia 3, River 0
The Blue Eagles avenged its only loss of the season with a 3-0 shutout over cross-river rival River Monday, April 15 in Hannibal.
There were no stats available.