Blue Eagles Sweep Noles
Magnolia High seniors Derrick Blain, Zach Haught, Brandon Mason and Chase Miller all had multi-hit games in the Blue Blue Eagles’ game one 13-2 victory in five innings over the Monroe Central Seminoles on Saturday April 2 at the George Mullet Baseball complex.
In the bottom of the first with one out, Tyler Anderson and Blain had back-to-back singles. However, all would be for not as Nick Priem flew out to center field and Anderson was caught trying to tag up and score for the final out of the inning. The Seminoles were held scoreless in the second inning.
In the bottom of the second with one out, Garret Price reached on an error then came a big blow from Haught as he homered over the left field fence. Joe Ledergerber then walked and later scored when Miller doubled with two outs. Miller would be stranded as Anderson struck out to end the inning. After an infield single started the top of the third, shortstop Mason, junior second baseman Drew Herrick and Blain at first turned a nifty double play. Priem struck out the next batter to end the inning.
In the bottom of the third, the Eagles batted around the lineup and manufactured 10 run and lead 13-0 after three innings. Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth. In the top of the fifth, the ‘Noles got two runs. But, it wasn’t enough to keep the game going as the 10 run rule came into effect with the Eagles taking game one 13-2.
Haught led the way for the Eagles with a single a home-run and three RBI. Mason singled doubled and had two RBIs. Chase singled, doubled and had an RBI. Blain added two singles and an RBI.
Ledergerber singled and had two RBI while Herrick reached on a perfectly executed bunt and had an RBI.
Priem went the distance on the mound, striking out four and walking five. All told, the Eagles out hit the ‘Noles, 13-7, while the ‘Noles committed two errors and the Eagles committed none.
Magnolia 11, Monroe Central 1
In game two, sophomore Dalton Pritchard went the distance on the mound, striking out two and walking three. He also helped his own cause, hitting a grand slam as the Eagles defeated the Seminoles, 11-1, in five innings.
In the top of the first, the ‘Noles drew a two out walk, and that was it. In the bottom of the first, the Eagles batted around, scoring four runs but leaving the basses loaded. In the second, the ‘Noles got a two-out single but the runner was stranded. In the bottom of the second, Anderson, Blain, Priem and Mason all singled to start the inning, with Mason’s hit scoring Anderson.
Price then hit a ball back to the pitcher and Blain was forced out at home.
Pritchard delivered the big blow, hitting a grand slam over the left field fence, making the score 9-0.
The ‘Noles got a walk to start the third then scored on a fielder’s choice with one out. After back-to-back errors by the Eagles, the inning ended with Pritchard getting a strikeout. In the third, the Eagles were unable to manufacture a run.
In the fourth, after a one-out single, the next three batters for Monroe were retired. In the home half of the fourth, Herrick walked with two outs and scored on a Miller single, pushing the Eagles lead to 10-1 after four. In the fifth, the ‘Noles were held scoreless. The home half of the fifth started with Priem singling then being pinch ran for by freshman Patrick Miranda. Mason then singled to put runners at first and second. Price then belted a single into right center which allowed Miranda to score to end the game 11-1.
Anderson had three singles and two RBI for Magnolia while Priem added three singles a double and two RBI. Blain had two singles, Pritchard homered and had four RBI while Price produced two singles and an RBI.
Pritchard got the win from the mound. The Eagles out hit the ‘Noles 17-1.
Cameron 11, Magnolia 4
Nick Priem had a double, home run and three RBIs, but it wasn’t enough as the Cameron Dragon defeated the Magnolia Blue Eagles, 11-4, at Cameron on Thursday, March 31.
In the top of the first, the Eagles struck for two runs. The Dragons were held to just one run in the first. In the second, the Eagles were held scoreless while the Dragons scratched across one run to make it 2-2 after two.
Priem’s home run came in the top of the third before the Dragons got a homer of their own in the home half of the third, making it 3-3 after three. After holding the Eagles scoreless, the Dragons took the lead for good in the home half of the fourth with three runs and held a 6-3 lead. The Eagles got a run in the fifth while holding the Dragons scoreless, and it was 6-4 after five.
However, after the Eagles were held scoreless in the sixth, the Dragons put the game out of reach with five runs in their half of the sixth, going up 11-4. The Eagles failed to score in the seventh.
Priem had a double, home run and three RBI for Magnolia. Tyler Anderson added a single and an RBI.
The Dragons were held to just six hits but did draw 11 walks. Blain pitched the first three innings, striking out seven and walking six. Chase Miller then threw the fourth and fifth, striking out two and walking one.
Anderson pitched the sixth striking out two and walking four.