Area Baseball And Softball Action Is Detailed
Magnolia 11, Wheeling Central 1
The Magnolia Lady Eagles trounced Monroe Central 11-1 in 12 innings April 15 in the Undo’s Softball Tournament at Wheeling’s I-470 fields. Magnolia did all its scoring in the eighth inning under the International Tie-breaker.
Marissa Bosley singled, doubled, tripled and brought home three teammates, while Dallas Mullett hit two singles, a double and plated a base runners.
Emily Blake hit two singles and brought home three, while Mallory Chapman got a single and a double. Mackenzie Dawson plated a run , while hurler Tori Tharp reached on a single and knocked in a teammate.
Fort Frye 3-9, River 0-0
The Lady Pilots committed 10 errors in a double-header loss to Fort Frye April 14, 3-0 and 9-0.
In the opener, the Pilots’ Renae Riley limited the Cadets to three hits and struck out seven, but three miscues cost the Pilots dearly. In the second game, Lexy Wells smacked a pair of doubles and lined a single to lead the Pilot attack. Gabby Gaudy took the loss from the mound. She struck out four and walked three, with her defense yielding seven errors.
Magnolia 7, Brooke 1
The Magnolia Blue Eagles broke open a close game in the top of the fifth, scoring six runs, and hurler Kyle Elliott scattered seven hits enroute to a 7-1 white-washing of the Brooke Bruins April 15 at Brooke High School.
In addition, Elliott struck out six and walked one to pace the red-hot Eagles. Six different Eagle batters had two or more hits in the game, led by Justin Fox, who had three singles, while Jordan Moore added a single and a double. Elliott, Derek Fruner, Matt Sapp, and Traeh Keller each contributed a pair of singles for the top-ranked OVAC Class-AAA Blue Eagles.
Cameron 8-5, Paden City 0-0
Cameron hurler Tara Paczewski combined for 26 strike outs and allowed only one hit in two games in beating Paden City 8-5 and 5-0 in a double-header sweep April 15 in Paden City.
River 13, Bridgeport 3
The River Pilot Baseball Team beat the Bridgeport Bulldogs 13-3 April 15 in Bridgeport.
Tanner Wright and Chad Isaly paced the Pilots with three singles each, while Tucker Brown smacked a two-RBI triple and Jesse
River 5, Paden City 3
The Lady Pilots scored four times in the second inning and held off the Paden City Wildcats enroute to a 5-3 victory April 14 at Sardis.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the ‘Cats clawed back to score a run on one hit and also took advantage of a pair of Pilot errors to knot the game at one run apiece, with the Pilots coming to bat in the second.
River scored four runs on a pair of hits and took advantage of a pair of Wildcat errors to grab a 5-0 advantage after two frames.
However, the ‘Cats put up a two-spot in the top of the third on one hit and took advantage of several Pilot miscues to pull to with in two runs.
From there on, both teams settled down defensively, and pitchers Gabby Gaudy and Kelsey Loy from River and Paden City, respectively, held each others’ teams in check the rest of the way.
Gaudy struck out nine and limited Paden City to a pair of Katie Kline singles, while Loy struck out eight and gave up five Pilot hits, including two by Gaudy.
The win pushes the Pilots win total to 6-1, while the ‘Cats dropped to 2-4 on the season.Merckle added a pair of RBI singles.
Valley 2-8, Tyler 5-4
The Valley Lumberjills smacked 10 hits and scored six runs April 16 to upend Tyler Consolidated 5-2 in the night cap of a double header, thus avenging an 8-4 loss to Tyler in game one of the double-hitter.
The visiting Lady Knights took advantage of three ‘Jill errors and smacked a season-high 14 hits to gain the win in the opener. Jessica Ashcraft led the way with three singles, while Holli Schell, Brittany Guthrie and Megan Bucher each had two hits for Valley. Morgan Starkey and Ashley Staley singled and doubled, respectively. Schell took the loss from the hill. She struck out one and walked one.
In the night cap, Valley’s bats heated up as they smoked 10 hits and scored five runs in a 5-2 victory. Schell got the win from the mound. She struck out one and walked two, while scattering six hits.
Guthrie led the way offensively with a single and a double, while Starkey and Staley each hit a pair of singles. Shell, Bucher, Ashcraft and Heidi Shaw each contributed a single.
Magnolia 4, St. John 3
The Eagles’ Abbey Horner had a pair of RBI singles and Marissa Bosley jacked a solo home run, while Tori Tharp struck out nine to propell Magnolia to a 4-3 victory over the stubborn St. John Lady Irish April 14 in Bellaire.
Mallory Chapman contributed a single, double and brought home a run.
Barnsville 7, River 2
Tyler Stewart singled twice and drove home a run, but it wasn’t enough for the Pilots to get by Barnesville, which won 7-2 April 14 in Barnesville.
Cody Caldwell took the loss on the mound. He struck out six and walked four.
Paden City 7, Valley 3
Paden City scored five runs in the first two innings and Kelsey Loy held the Valley Lumberjills to three hits enroute to a 7-3 victory April 14 in Paden City.
Holly Schell took the loss for the ‘Jills. She limited the Lady ‘Cats to five hits and struck out three, but walked seven. Her teammates didn’t help her much in the field, committing three errors. Morgan Starkey paced the Valley offense with a pair of doubles. Kelsey Loub paced the Lady Wildcats with a triple.
Notre Dame 13, Hundred 2
Notre Dame took advantage of four Lady Hornet errors in the third inning, scoring a dozen runs to garner a 13-2 victory over Hundred at Cosgray Field April 14.
Raven McDiffitt and Macy Woods each had a pair of singles, while Haley Hayes, Emily Ebert and Cheyenne Myers each belted a single for the Lady Hornets.
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Mercedes Goff struck out two and walked two took the loss from the rubber.
“I have told the girls if we can start making the plays on the field for our pitchers and quit making errors we are going to be a dangerous team,”said Hornet Head Coach Brian Bartlett. “But, if we continue to make errors we are going to have a long season. In this game, we had only one player strike out and all the others made good contact and put the ball in play.”
Beallsville 9, Paden City 5
Beallsville scored five runs in the last two innings to break open a close game and hand Paden City a 9-5 loss April 14 in Paden City.
James Baker singled, doubled and brought home a run, while Jamie Billiter brought home a pair of teammates with a single. Kyle Postlewait took the loss from the mound. He struck out three and walked three. Zach Yost came in relief in the seventh, struck out a pair and walked a pair.
Valley 11, Jefferson County Christian 1
Valley Lumberjacks Cody Bates and Alex Henderson each drilled three hits, while Phillip Bassett held Jefferson County Christian to a single to help lead Valley to a 11-1 mercy-rule whitewash April 14 in Pine Grove.
Albert McGuane added a pair of singles in the nine-hit ‘Jacks’ barrage, while Bassett struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
Valley 6, Jefferson County Christian 4
The Lumberjacks made it a clean sweep as they scored six runs on six hits to beat Jefferson County Christian 6-4.
Valley freshman Tristen Kocher struck out four to get his first varsity victory, while Henderson ripped a pair of singles for a five-hit night in five bat attempts.
Magnolia 11, Weir 0
A walk-off grand slam homer run by Magnolia’s Cameron Benson sealed an 11-0 mercy-rule shutout victory over regional rival Weir April 14 at George Mullett Field Complex.
The Eagles’ Matt Sapp, Kyle Elliott and Justin Fox pounded out three straight singles to open the first frame and grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first frame. Tanner Hanna and Matt Sapp singled in the second and Elliott hit a sacrifice fly that plated Hanna. Fox would then drill a rocket that handicapped the Riders’ shortstop for an error that allowed Sapp to cross the plate for a 3-0 Magnolia lead in the second frame.
After getting the bases loaded in the fourth, Traeh Keller knocked in a run the easy way — a walk — before the fireworks in the fifth when Benson ripped his game-winning grand slam homer.
In his first season of baseball since little league, Benson made a big impact. Besides his grand slam homer, he was a triple away from the cycle, adding a single and a double, while bringing home eight base runners. Elliott and Sapp each added three hits, while Fox added a pair of RBI singles.
On the mound, Fox wiffed 12 Red Riders, while scattering a pair of singles and didn’t issue a walk.
Magnolia 12, Cameron 0
The first four Magnolia Blue Eagle batters accounted for eight of the team’s 11 hits and scored eight of the 12 runs enroute to a convincing 12-0 shutout of Cameron April 18 at Mullett Field in New Matinsville.
Matt Sapp, Kyle Elliott, Justin Fox and Cameron Benson each scored at least one run and had at least one hit. Fox was a home run away from hitting for the cycle, while Sapp and Elliott each added two hits and scored three runs for the 7-1 Eagles.
Fox, Sapp and Andrew Goddard combined for seven strike outs and two hits, with Fox getting the win from the rubber. Traeh and Jayson Keller each had a hit for Magnolia, with Jayson touching home twice. Derek Fruner didn’t get a hit, but he did score a run and hijacked a couple of bases, including a heads-first slide into third.
With all the rain causing many of our local teams to scramble, the Eagles will try to get in games with Wheeling Central April 20, North Marion, April 21, and play in the OVAC tournment April 23, all away.
Valley 8-5, Tyler 5-6
The Valley Lumberjacks took an early 6-2 lead and held on for an 8-5 victory over Tyler Consolidated in the nightcap of double header and avenging 6-5 loss in the opener, April 16 in Pine Gove.
In the opener, the Tyler’s Garrett “Famous” Amos smacked a double and then Cody Laugh followed with a towering home run off the Lumberjack press box in the ninth inning to beat Valley 6-5. The ‘Jacks had their chances in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings with guys in scoring position to get the win, but couldn’t dent the scoreboard.
Valley freshman hurler Brandon Stoneking tossed seven innings, striking out seven Knight batters, while Phillip Bassett was credited with the loss in relief. He struck out one and walked one and was greeted by Amos and Laugh in the ninth with their heroics.
Amos had a single to go with his double to lead the Silver Knights. Albert “A-Train” McGuane doubled and Hunter Ring smacked his first career home run to pace the ‘Jacks. Stoneking and Cameron Price each doubled, while Bassett, Drew Wade, Cody Bates and Brock Stackpole each singled for the Lumberjacks.
In the second game, the Lumberjack’s brought out the whooping-stick and split with Tyler, 8-5, scoring six of their runs in the first three innings for the win.
Alex Henderson picked up the win from the rubber. He struck out five and walked one, while McGuane got the save in relief. Wade, Henderson and Bates led the charge with a pair of base hits, while Amos and Wells both got two hits and Justin Carpenter smacked a home run for Tyler Consolidated.