Area Baseball Action Summarized
The Magnolia Blue Eagle Baseball Team took advantage of seven Weir Red Rider errors en route to a come-from-behind 11-6 victory April 15 at Mullett Field.
After falling behind 3-0 in the third period, the Big Blue responded with a six run third and a four-run fourth innings.
The Eagles’ Seth Pay reached on a Red Rider error and went to third on a Traeh Keller double, in the third. Justin “Tank” Fox walked for his second of three free passes to load the bases with nobody out. However, Fox was quickly erased on a double play at first when teammate Mason Rine drilled a liner to first that the Weir first basemen turned into a double play.
But, Chuckie McElaney doubled to knock in Pay and Keller. And, after a pair of walks, Landon Herrick smacked a two-out double that plated both McElaney and Davey Howell, who walked earlier. Drew Simmons followed with a solid single down the middle to score Jordan Moore and Herrick.
In the fourth, Keller led off with a solid single to right, and, after a pop out, Rine reached first on another Weir miscue. McElaney also reached on a Rider error and Howell drilled a single to clear the bases. Moore walked a Howell moved to third on a pass ball and scored on a fielder’s choice.
Magnolia scored its final run in the fifth when Simmons singled and later scored on a single by Rine.
McElaney got the win from the mound. He struck out two and walked three. Kyle Elliott came in, but couldn’t get an out. Fox entered and shut the door. He struck out six in two and one-thirds innings to pick up the save.
“I’m proud of our kids with the way we battled back after giving Weir three gift runs in the third,” said Magnolia Head Coach Dave Cigar.
Herrick led the charge with a single and a double, while knocking in three runs. Keller singled and doubled, while Simmons added two runs on a pair of singles. McElaney and Howell each brought home a pair of runs, while Rine knocked in a run. Fox didn’t have a chance to hit, as the Riders walked him three times. He chased one late in the game and popped out.
The Eagles will look to keep their winning streak alive when they visit Wheeling Central at the I-470 Complex in Wheeling tonight at 5 p.m.
Eagle standout Justin “Tank” Fox – a home run shy of hitting for the cycle – pounded Tyler Consolidated pitching for two singles, a double and a triple, while plating two teammates as the Eagles defeated Tyler Consolidated 19-2 April 13 at Kidwell.
Magnolia scored two runs to start the game, but the Silver Knights’ Garrett Amos plated two runs on a triple to knot the game at two after one inning of play.
The Eagles ripped the Knights for a nine-run second and added two more in the third and fifth, while plating four runs in the fourth to gain the mercy-rule shortened game.
Besides Fox’s feat at the dish, Jordan Moore added a pair of singles and knocked in a run, while Drew Simmons knocked in a run on a double. Tanner Hanna and Andrew Goddard brought home two runs on singles.
Mason Rine picked up the win from the rubber. He struck out four, while Fox mopped up, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
The Valley Lumberjacks scored five runs in the sixth inning, breaking a 3-3 tie to knock off the Beallsville Blue Devils 8-3 April 14 in Beallsville. It was Valley’s second straight win.
Drew Wade notched the victory from the mound for the Lumberjacks. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.
Cody Scott didn’t show an after affects from losing a tooth the week before in a game with Hundred. He drilled a double and a single, while plating a run to lead the ‘Jack offense. Alex “Hondo” Henderson followed with a single and triple, while Cody Bates knocked in a pair of runs on a double and Anthony Quinet added an RBI single.
The River Pilots scored 22 runs on on 26 hits April 17 in a double header sweep against Caldwell.
The Pilots scored eight runs in the first inning and held off a late Caldwell rally to win the opener, 12-10 in a slugfest. The Pilots’ Devann Potts hit a triple, smacked a home run, and knocked home three runs, while Brett Price drilled a pair of singles and touched all the bases with one swing of the bat for a home run. He also belted three runs.
Tucker Brown contributed a single and a double, while bringing home two base runners. Tyler Stewart also contributed an RBI single in game one.
Tanner Wright picked up the win from the mound, striking out three, while Jordan Potts came in to get the save. Potts also struck out three.
In the nightcap, the Pilot bats stayed hot as the Big Red Machine scored early and often in gaining a 10-2 victory over the Redskins. Kyle Fisher started and struck out one, while Zac Wax picked up the win, in relief, striking out four.
Five different players had multi-hits for the Pilots. Devann Potts had a single, a double and three RBIs, while Brown added a single and a double and knocked in two base runners. Jesse Merkle added two singles and plated a run, while Stewart drilled a pair of doubles. Price added two singles and Blake Price added a base hit for the hot-hot River Pilots.
The River Pilots’ Devann Potts singled and blasted a grand slam home run enroute to a 8-6 victory over the talented Linsly Cadets April 14 in Wheeling.
The Pilots scored six runs in the second frame, as Kyle Fisher singled to start the ball rolling. Tucker Brown walked and Zac Wax walked to load the bases. Brett Price singled in a run and Blake Price got on base on an error that plated a run. Potts was up next and smacked a grand slam home run to give the good guys a 6-2 lead after two innings.
Linsly crept to within two with a two-run fourth. However, the Pilots added a run in the fifth, with a Jesse Merkle walk, while Brown doubled moving Merkle to third base. Price played down a perfect suicide squeeze to score Merkle and reached first without a throw.
Linsly added a run in the sixth and one in the seventh, but the Pilots added a run in the sixth for the win. Tyler Stewart walked and stole second and scored on a single by Fisher.
Fisher also picked up the win from the mound in the complete game victory, while striking out one and walking three. Potts led the Big Red Machine with a single and a grand slam home run, while Brown added a pair of doubles. Fisher and Price each single twice, while plating a run. Joe Asturi and Stewart each singled.
“It’s the first time this season that we had everyone on the team make contact and put the ball in play,” said Pilot Head Coach Greg Bayes. “And the few mistakes that we did make didn’t hurt us.”
The Valley Lumberjacks lost a double header to Bishop Donahue, 10-0 and 11-4 March 27 in McMechen.
In the opener, Valley had only one hit and two errors in the game. Alex Henderson took the loss from the mound. He struck out five and walked two.
In the second game, the ‘Jacks out hit the Bishops 9-8, but fell 11-4 as five miscues cost Valley in the nightcap.
Anthony Quinet took the loss from the mound. He struck out three and walked two batters. Cody Bates had a double and plated a run, while Hunter Ring tallied two singles to lead the Lumberjack batters.
The ‘Jacks will host Hundred tonight at 5 p.m. and will play a double header against Erie, Pa., at Oak Glen High School on April 3. They then head to Myrtle Beach to play several ball clubs in the Mingo Bay Classic.
The Magnolia Blue Eagles pounded the Wildcats into submission in a mercy-rule shortened game, 11-0, on April 14 at Mullett Field in New Martinsville.
Five different Eagle pitchers combined on a five-inning contest, while striking out nine batters. Mason Rine started and pitched two innings, striking out three. Traeh Keller pitched an inning and Kyle Elliott threw for two frames. Justin Fox pitched one inning and sat down three ‘Cat batters. Rine helped himself out at the plate. He had two singles, one double and knocked in five runs, while Davey Howell added two singles and plated a pair of teammates. Seth Pay also added a single. Pay and Fox each scored three times for the Eagles, while Keller and Rine touched home twice and Chuckie McElaney once.
Mitchell Stewart took the loss from the mound for the ‘Cats. He struck out one and walked five, while smacking a double to lead Paden City.
The Valley Lumberjacks scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to come away with a 10-9 victory over Jefferson County Christian in the opener and scored 14 runs in the second game to win a double header April 17 in Pine Grove.
In the opener, the ‘Jacks’ Cody Scott drilled knocked in four runs on a single and home run, while Albert McGuane and Alex Henderson each singled and doubled, while plating a run. Brock Stackpole and Drew Wade each added a pair of singles and knocked in a run.
Anthony Quinet started on the mound for the ‘Jacks. He struck out four and walked four, but didn’t get the win as Scott came in relief and struck out one to notch the victory from the mound.
In the second game, Jefferson scored six runs in the first frame to grab an early lead, but the ‘Jacks responded with nine runs in the home-half. Valley went on to score a run in the second and four in the third. Valley pitching and defense held Jefferson in check the rest of the way to secure a Valley 14-6 win.
Scott continued his hitting barrage in the nightcap with a double and a triple, while plating five runs. In the two games, Scott hit for the cycle. He had a single, double, triple and home run, while knocking in nine runs. Better yet, he won both games from the mound in relief. He won the second game after taking over for Cody Bates and striking out five JCC batters.
Alex Henderson and Travis Villers each added an RBI single for the good guys.
The ‘Jacks next home game is April 22 at 5 p.m. against the River Pilots.
The Paden City Wildcats won the battle of Wetzel County teams as they defeated the Valley Lumberjacks 7-4 in Pine Grove on April 15 to snap the ‘Jacks winning streak since returning from Myrtle Beach.
Valley tallied a run in the second frame to grab the first lead, but the Wildcats put up a two spot in the third to grab a 2-1 advantage. Paden City tacked on a run in the fourth, but Valley scored a run in the fifth to close the gap to 3-2 before Paden City plated four more runs in the sixth for a 7-2 lead.
The ‘Jacks scored two runs in the seventh, but the damage was already done and Paden City left Pine Grove with a much-deserved 7-4 victory. Valley did out hit the ‘Cats 10-6, but four costly miscues cost the ‘Jacks in the end.
For the Lumberjacks, Hunter Ring led the charge with two singles and two doubles while knocking in a run. Cody Bates added a pair of singles and brought home a base runner, while Alex “Hondo” Henderson doubled for the Lumberjacks. Other ‘Jacks contributing hits include Drew Wade, Anthony Quinet and Cody Bassett, each adding a single. In the pitching department, Henderson started and struck out eight, while walking seven. Quinet came in relief and struck out three.
For the Wildcats, Mitchell Stewart went yard and smacked a double, while knocking in three runs. Malakai Anderson contributed a single and a double, while plating a run. Zach Yost drilled a pair of singles, while Jay Billiter added a base hit. Anderson started and struck out four, while walking a pair to garner the win from the mound. Josh Bennett, who came in to get the save, struck out two.
The ‘Jacks will host the hot River Pilots April 22, while the ‘Cats travel to Beallsville tonight and host Wood County Christian April 22 with both games getting underway around 5 p.m.