Eagles Handle Bears, Smash Knights And Nip Bruins
Magnolia 5, Oak Glen 5
The 2011 Magnolia Blue Eagle Baseball Team defeated Oak Glen Tyler Consolidated a Brooke last week to open the campaign with a 3-0 record.
In their home opener against Oak Glen March 25. Magnolia scored five runs in their last two at bats to come from behind to win, 5-3.
Kyle Elliott got the start and worked three innings, giving up three unearned runs. He struck out four and walked two, while Drew Goddard struck out one in the next three frames to get the win from the rubber. Justin Fox came in to shut the door. He sent all three batters down in order, striking out one to get the save.
Goddard paced the Eagles with a pair of RBI singles, while Fox plated a pair on a single. New to the game of baseball since little league was Cameron Benson. He plated the game winner with a triple.
Magnolia 19, Tyler 0
After only scoring one run in the first inning, Magnolia bats would tally 18 runs in the next three frames to gain a mercy-rule 19-0 shutout over sectional rival Tyler Consolidated March 26 at Mullett Field in New Martinsville.
The Eagles Goddard started the game and worked three innings, struck out four and walked three to get the win from the mound, while Chandler Sapp pitched the last three frames, struck out one and didn’t walk a batter, in a two-hit shutout victory.
Magnolia scored 19 runs and had 17 hits was paced by Traeh Keller from the plate. He was on base all five times, scoring each time. He had a double and a pair of singles, while plating four teammates. Fox also doubled and singled twice and plated five runs, but reached base only four times and scored twice.
Benson the hero in the opener, added a single and drilled a pair of doubles, while bringing home five Eagle base runners. Ryan Walton added a pair of singles, while Elliott knocked in a pair of runs with a single. Not to be out done designated hitter Bentley Knight scored four times, while blasting a pair of doubles and knocked in three runs. Derek Fruner in his first start of the season, lined three singles and plated one and scored three times.
Magnolia 6, Brooke 5
In the nightcap March 26, the Eagles Justin “Tank” Fox sat down 16 Bruin batters on strikes, while limiting the powerful Brooke team to back to back singles. However, he didn’t get the win. After leaving the mound after six frames and holding a 4-1 lead, Brooke tallied four runs in the top of the seven inning to grab a 5-4 advantage heading into the bottom half of the seventh. But, Magnolia tallied a pair of runs in the bottom half without the benefit of a hit to walk away with a 6-5 home victory.
With Fox playing the field, Brooke would score four runs. MHS sophomore lefty Chandler Sapp in for Fox because of innings pitched during the week sat down the first batter on a harmless pop-out to second. The next batter drilled a triple over the head of Benson in centerfield. The next Bruin batter knocked him in on a seeing eye single to cut the deficit to 4-2. Fox couldn’t handle a shot at third and the Bruins were knocking on the door with runners at first and second and one out.
Sapp struck out the next batter with a nasty curve, and was only one out away from ending the game. But, the next batter cleared the bases with a home run to grab the lead at 5-4. Sapp got out of the seventh without any further damage.
The Eagles worked the Bruin starter for a pair of base on balls. Benson was hit by a pitch to load the bases on a Bruin reliever. With the momentum now on the Big Blue side, the Eagles knotted the game on another walk to score Fruner. The Eagles tried a suicide squeeze to end the game, but the batter missed the ball and Fox was erased in a run down at third for the first out of the inning.
Fruner would then line a ball off the glove of the Brooke Bruin third baseman on a hard hit ball and Benson would tally the games final run to end the thriller in New Martinsville.
“This is what you call high school baseball,” said veteran Magnolia Coach Dave Cisar. “We didn’t make two plays in the seventh and let them get ahead. They didn’t make a play or two in the last of the seventh which allowed us to win the game.”
Fox was superb on the mound, but because he pitched one inning the other day it was all the innings he was allowed. The Bruin pitching hit five Magnolia batters and walked four batters, while Magnolia didn’t walk a batter, or hit a batter.
“I thought this was a great ball game for March. We were fortunate to beat a senior-dominated team that has high expectations. While we only had five hits, that was just because Brooke had plenty of good players on the mound, too,” added Cisar after the game.
Sapp got the win from the mound. He struck out one in a inning of work. Fox had a pair of singles,and scored twice, while Goddard singled and knocked in three base runners. Tanner Hanna singled, and Benson singled and scored the game winning run.
You can see the 3-0 Eagles at home tonight at Mullett Field at 5 p.m. against Class-ABA power Parkersburg South.