Eagles Robinson And Pay Toss Shutouts
North Marion 0
It took Magnolia senior hurler Andrew Robinson only 62 pitches to strike out 10 North Marion batters and dispose of the Huskies 6-0 in a mutual season opener March 23 at North Marion High School.
Mason Rine paced the Blue Eagle offense with two hits and one RBI, while Jordan Moore contributed a two RBI single. Ben Clark doubled, while Justin Fox and Jordan Ash each singled for Magnolia.
St. Marys 0
The Magnolia Blue Eagle Baseball Team blanked the St. Marys Blue Devils 12-0 March 24 – the second consecutive shutout in as many days.The game, played at St. Marys’ Dave Wilson Field, went five innings.
After Magnolia’s Davey Howell struck out looking to start the game, the Blue Eagle bats got hot, starting with Andrew Robinson, who got things started with a stand up triple. Robinson was brought home when Jordan “Po” Ash hit a seeing eye single to put the Eagles up 1-0. Ash stole second and Justin Fox followed with a single to chase Ash home, while Fox sneaked to second. After Mason Rine grounded out, Fox trotted home after a Jordan Moore single, pushing the score 3-0 in favor of the Eagles.
Moore scored later when the Devils’ catcher tried to make a play on him at second. But, the pickoff attempt ended up in the outfield. A short time later Ben Clark walked and later scored on a Devil wild pitch. Traeh Keller singled, but was stranded at first as Landon Herrick struck out to end the inning, after batting around.
In the bottom of the first, Eagle pitcher Seth Pay got himself in a little bit of trouble, as he put the first two batters on. But, he buckled down and struck out the next three to end the threat.
Howell started the second inning by reaching on an error and was chased home on a Robinson double. Robinson stole third without a throw and scored on an Ash single. Ash would steal two bases and walk home on another Blue Devil wild pitch.
Neither team mustered any offense the next inning. However, in the top of the fourth frame, Robinson walked to first, then stole second, and was once again chased home on Ash’s third RBI single.
The Eagle defense rose to the occasion on a nice all-around play by Robinson and Pay. Pay was hit hard on a liner to second, but Robinson quickly made the diving stab and tossed it to a fast moving Pay at first for the out.
In the top of the fifth, the Eagles would score three times, starting with a Clark walk. He then stole second and was chased home on a Keller double. Howell singled home Keller and later scored on a single by pitch-hitter Drew Simmons.
The Devils got a couple runners on base but, all was lost when a Devil missed the third swipe at the ball to end the game.
Ash led the Eagles with three RBI singles, while Robinson, who smacked a triple and a double, scored three times. Keller knocked in an RBI with a double, while Fox, Moore and Simmons each chased home a teammate on singles.