Magnolia blanks Cameron
A small 2-0 lead swelled to 12-0 in the second as the Magnolia Blue Eagles claimed a 15-0 shutout in the semi-final matchup in the WVSSAC Class-A Region I, Section II contest at Paden City Park May 13.
The Eagles didn’t take long getting on the board, as Magnolia scored two runs to open the first frame when Chase Miller walked, stole second and scored on a Derrick Blain single. With two outs, Brandon Mason walked and Tanner McAdams reached first on a hard liner to third that loaded the bases. Joe Ledergerber then walked to score the Eagles’ second run of the game.
Cameron threaten to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. However, a Dragon runner tried to steal home but was dead on arrival to keep Cameron off the board.
The Big Blue would then score 10 runs in the second, beginning with a Shane Mason walk. Miller singled and Blain was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Nick Priem also was hit by a pitch that scored Shane Mason.
Brandon Mason then walked to bring home another run. McAdams added an RBI single and Tyler Anderson drew a walk that scored another run. Ledergerber was hit by a pitch that scored another run and Price lofted a long sacrifice fly. Shane Mason drilled one off the third baseman’s glove for an RBI single and Miller drew a walk to load the bases once more.
Blain added a second sacrifice fly of the inning and Priem drilled a two-RBI single. Brandon Mason hit safely with a single right before the inning ended with a pop out. In the frame, Magnolia scored 10 runs on five singles, four walks, two sacrifice flies and one Cameron error.
The Magnolia defense held the Dragons in check with the pitching of Anderson and McAdams, who combined for eight strike outs and limited the Dragons to only four hits on the night.
Magnolia scored a run in the fourth when Shane Mason walked. Miller was robbed of a hit by the Cameron shortstop on a nice diving grab. Priem was hit by a pitch for the second time and Brandon Mason reached on an error that scored a run.
In the fifth, Anderson led off with a walk and Zach Haught belted an RBI double that scored a hustling Austin Klug who was courtesy running for Anderson. Miller plated the last run with an RBI single.