Blue Eagles Pound Patriots In Return Matchup
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Magnolia freshman Chuckie McElaney struck out five batters in five innings, pounded out a single and a double to lead the red-hot Blue Eagles to a 6-2 victory over the Parkersburg South Patriots April 5 at Mullett Field in New Martinsville.
The Blue Eagles tallied a run in each of the first two frames and put the game out of reach in the sixth, scoring three times for the victory.
Justin Fox came in and pitched the final two frames and struck out four to pick up the save. Mason Rine doubled in a run, while McElaney singled and doubled. Andrew Goddard brought home a run on a double, while Davey “Hitman” Howell smacked his first home run of the season. He also added a single.
The Eagles take on another Class-AAA baseball power in the North Marion Huskies April 7 at 5 p.m. They will visit Oak Glen April 8 at 5:15 p.m. before hosting the John Marshall Monarchs at 5 p.m. at Mulett Field in New Martinsville, April 9.
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The Magnolia Blue Eagles lost a pair of one-run games last week. On March 30 at Pakersburg South High School, the Eagles lost 6-5, while dropping a 7-6 decision to Robert C. Bryd at Mullett Field March 31.
Parkersburg South scored three times in the bottom of the seventh to post a 6-5 victory over the Blue Eagles. Justin Fox singled, tripled and plated a run to lead the Magnolia offense. Mason Rine and Drew Simmons each added a single and a double, while Landon Herrick delivered an RBI single.
MHS freshman Kyle Elliott started and struck out two from the mound. Seth Pay and Mason Rine came in relief with Pay picking up the loss.
RCB scored a run in the top of the eighth frame to get the win over Magnolia. Fox singled and belted a two-run home run to lead the Eagle offense, while Rine doubled and singled. Herrick added an RBI single, while Chuck McElaney added a single and two doubles and plated one run for Magnolia.
Pay started and struck out five batters. Rine came in relief and struck out three. McElaney came in the seventh and took the loss from the rubber. He struck out two. All three pitchers gave up eight walks and the defense yielded four errors.
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Blue Eagle Justin Fox was just what the doctor ordered, as he helped lift Magnolia past Wheeling Park 10-3 April 1 in Wheeling, after dropping two straight one-run games to two Class-AAA teams.
Fox scattered nine hits, struck out 10 batters and walked only one in gaining the nod from the mound. Fox also plated three runs on a single and a double to help himself at the dish, while picking up the Eagles’ second victory of the season.
Park scored once in the bottom half of the first, but the Eagles exploded for five runs in the top of the second, with a little help from the Patriot defense. MHS right fielder Davey Howell reached base on a error and went to third on a Landon Herrick single. Chase Cain’s fielder’s choice plated Howell on what appeared to be an inning-ending double-play, if it wasn’t for another Park miscue.
Herrick later scored on a Andrew Goddard squeeze, which ended up with everyone safe.
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Fox sent home two teammates with a base hit, while Mason Rine doubled home the fifth run of the frame.
Consecutive singles by the Patriot bats cut the deficit to 5-2 in the third, but another pair of Wheeling Park miscues led to a Traeh Keller RBI single to match Park’s run. Magnolia upped their advantage by one in the fifth inning when Howell led off with a double. He scampered to third on a throwing error and scored on another Patriot error.
Magnolia scored twice in the seventh, while Park tallied one to end the game. Magnolia scored 10 runs and stranded nine runners, including six in scoring position. “Overall, I thought the kids played a solid game,” said Magnolia Head Coach Dave Cisar. “But, there are still things that need shoring up. We were aggressive and I felt that we brought our A-game and Wheeling Park didn’t have theirs.”
Goddard paced the Blue Eagle bats with a three-hit night. He drilled a single and smacked a pair of doubles, while plating a run. Fox, Keller and Herrick each had multiple hits for the Big Blue. Fox had a single and a double, while sending home three runs. Keller knocked in a pair on a couple singles, Herrick singled twice, while Rine plated a run with a double.