Magnolia Blue Eagles Win Own Tournament
Magnolia 4, Morgantown 3
The Magnolia Lady Eagle Invitational Softball Tournament ended this past weekend with the Lady Eagles claiming a come-from-behind 4-3 extra inning thriller over Morgantown at the Hydro Field.
The Lady Eagles took the game’s first lead against the Class-AAA Mohigans with a run in the bottom of the third. However, Morgantown knotted the game at one in the top half of the fourth inning on a pair of Eagle miscues.
The game stayed knotted until the Mohigans finally got to the Eagles’ starter Tori Tharp on back-to-back-to-back hits to grab what appeared to be the winning runs in the top of the eighth inning. The Morgantown pitcher also was on her game.
However, the-never-say-die Eagles got a mammoth two-run homer by Marrissa Bosley to send the game into the ninth tied at three.
Tharp, who had pitched the allowable 14 innings on the day, switched places with freshmen first baseman Mallory Chapman, who sat down the Mohigans in order.
However, Morgantown went to their top pitcher, who just beat John Marshall a game earlier, 3-2. But, the Eagles’ Makenzie Dawson greeted the star reliever by drilling a single down the gut and Gabby Hostetler bunted her to second. Dallas Mullett, who had seven hits already in the tournament, including a home run, lined a rocket in the gap, plating Dawson for the victory.
Bosley had a single and a two-run homer, while Mullett singled, doubled twice and brought in two runs. Dawson and Jordan Babe each singled. Tharp worked eight innings, striking out nine and walking none. Chapman got the win from the mound in her one inning of work.
Magnolia 11, Point Pleasant 3
To get to the finals, Magnolia would have to get by regional rival Point Pleasant, who had already beat North Marion and Linsly earlier in the day.
The Black Knights took the game’s first lead, scoring twice in the second frame. But, the Lady Eagles doubled the Knights in the bottom half to take a 4-2 lead.
Point Pleasant closed the gap to a run in the third before Magnolia tallied three runs in the fifth and four more runs in the sixth to gain the mercy-rule shortened game.
Mullett was the hitting star for the Eagles, pounding out a single and a solo home run, while Bosley added a pair of singles and a RBI double. Emily Blake smacked a pair of singles, while Chapman added a single and a double.
Tharp got the win from the mound. She scattered three singles, while striking out four and walking two.
Magnolia 9, North Marion 1
Chapman tossed a one-hitter against Class-AAA North Marion, striking out nine and walking none. She also plated two runs on a single and a double to lead the Big Blue to a 9-1 mercy-rule shortened game.
Abbey Horner added an RBI triple, while Tharp singled twice and doubled in a 11-hit Blue Eagle attack.
Magnolia 8, Linsly 0
Tharp opened the tournament with a no-hitter against Linsly Friday, April 8 en-route to a 8-0 mercy-rule shortened game. Tharp struck out nine and walked three, while helping herself with a single, a double and two RBIs.
Blake and Babe each added a single and a double and knocked in a pair of teammates. Bosley singled twice and Mullett smacked her first of five extra base hits in the tournament with a stand-up double.
The Blue Eagles will look to keep their undefeated season intact when they host the Weir Red Riders April 13 at 5 p.m.