Lady Eagles Upset Pilots
The Magnolia girls’ softball team won identical 7-3 victories over the River Lady Pilots April 16 at MHS Hydro Field and April 18 in Sardis.
The fireworks started at the Hydro Field. With Magnolia on top, the Lady Pilots’ Rachael Hutchison blasted what appeared to be a home run over the right field fence. But, when she came into home to a flock of teammates, she accidentally missed touching it. Magnolia Head Coach Mark Batton appealed it, the men in Blue agreed and called her out. The Lady Pilots weren’t the same and Magnolia went on to claim the victory.
Kasey Hilbert led the Eagles with a single and a RBI double, while Audrey Gibb and Abby Durig each pounded a pair of singles.
Mallory Chapman got win from the mound. She struck out seven and walked three, while scattering five hits.
For the Lady Pilots, Hutchison brought home two runs with a triple, while Makenzie Marshall provided a pair of singles.
From the rubber, Monica Curtis took the loss, sitting down four and walking one in five innings, while Gabby Goudy finished up the final two frames with three Ks and two walks.
In the April 18 meeting of the teams, at Sardis, the fireworks came off the bat of Chapman, who blasted a pair of home runs and plated four teammates to help win another 7-3 victory.
Kennedy Slampak followed with a double and a single, while Durig and Gibb each smacked a pair of singles and Hilbert a double.
Chapman also got the win from the mound in a complete seven-hitter game, striking out six and walking none.
For the Pilots, Hutchison and Haylee Bowers each had a pair of doubles, with Gaudy getting the loss from the mound. She struck out seven Blue Eagle batters and walked two.
Steubenville Catholic 1, Magnolia 0
In a pitching duel, it would be Catholic getting the W April 17, with their pitching ace limiting Magnolia to two hits while striking out seven. The hard-luck Chapman took the loss, giving up an unearned run in the top of the seventh, while scattering a complete game three-hitter in which she struck out eight and walked none.
Fort Frye 3, Magnolia 2
Fort Frye scored the winning run in its final at bat of a double-header last Saturday, defeating Magnolia by the scores of 1-0 and 3-2 in Cadet territory.
The Eagles’ Mallory Chapman was the hard-luck losing pitcher in both games, striking out eight and walking one in the opener. In the second contest, she limited the undefeated Cadets to three runs on eight hits, while she struck out six and walked zero.
Audrey Gibb broke up the first game no-hit bid with a single, while Abby Durig blasted a double and a single in the second contest. In addition, Kennedy Slampak smacked a double.
The Lady Eagles’ next contest will be on the road April 25 against the Shadyside Tigers at 5 p.m.
River 19, Caldwell 2
Mixed between two defeats from Magnolia, the Lady Pilots took care of business against Caldwell, winning 19-2 in a mercy-rule shortened game April 17 in Sardis.
Curtis and Rosie Romick combined to erase 10 Lady Redskins in the 15-out five-inning game.
Marshall had the big bat for the Pilots. She belted a double, a home run and plated two, while Mikayla Cieszeski brought home three teammates with a double and a triple.
In addition, Goudy drilled double and a triple with one RBI, while Hutchison contributed a double, two singles, and an RBI. Romick helped herself out at the plate with a single, a double and three RBIs.