Magnolia Belts Tyler, Paden City
Magnolia’s Derrick Blain struck out a dozen Silver Knights batters, while belting a triple and knocking in three runs to help the Blue Eagles take care of Tyler Consolidated, 8-5, in baseball action in Kidwell April 20.
Magnolia scored two runs in the opening stanza, when Tyler Anderson walked and scored on a Blain triple, who later scored on a Nick Priem sacrifice fly.
The Eagles tacked one more in the second inning. Zach Haught opened up with a walk. After a strikeout, Anderson singled sending Haught to third. He scored on a Blain groundout.
Magnolia scored one more run in the third and another in the fourth to extend its lead to 5-0. Tanner McAdams belted a one-out single, he stole second and scored on a Joe Ledergerber double in the third, while the Eagles made the Knights pay after two outs.
Blain got on base after an error and scored on a Priem double. However, the Silver Knights scored five runs to tie it up and send the game into extra innings.
Tyler scored three runs in the sixth on two straight walks and scored it first run off a Magnolia error, and the second off a Nate Lantz groundout. Austin Thompson knocked in their third run of the inning when he blasted a double. Blain struck out two batters to get out of the inning without any further damage.
Magnolia threatened to blow the game wide open in the top of the seventh by loading the bases, but the Knights got out of it unscathed to give them a chance to send the game into extra innings when they scored two runs.
In the bottom half of the seventh, Kyle Mason opened the inning off with a triple and scored on a Colby Lash sacrifice fly. Jordan Baker then walked and scored on two Blue Eagles errors to tie the game up. Blain took care of the third out on his own on strikes.
In the top of the eighth, Billy Nice led off with a walk and Ledergerber followed with a single. Anderson then knocked in Nice and Haught with a double. He stole third and scored on a Blain suicide squeeze.
Blain got the first two Tyler batters out on groundballs, but walked one before getting the final out on strikes.
Isaac Hall started for the Knights. He struck out three walked three. Lash belted a pair of singles to pace the Silver Knights, while Thompson added an RBI double and Mason had a triple.
For the Blue Eagles (7-6), Blain had a monster game at the plate and at the mound. He limited the Knights to four hits, striking out a dozen and walking seven. At the plate, he tripled and knocked in three.
In addition, Anderson singled, doubled and knocked in two, while Priem and Ledergerber each doubled and plated a run. McAdams singled twice, while Haught singled and scored twice.
Eagles Walk To Win Over Wildcats
Magnolia scored all seven of its runs in the fifth inning, keyed by five walks, a hits batsmen and three Blue Eagle hits to beat Paden City, 7-2, April 18 at Paden City Park in high school baseball action.
Through the first four innings, the Blue Eagles left seven on base and 15 for the game, but in the top of the fifth the Eagles scored all seven of their runs on five walks, a hits batter and three Blue Eagles hits, while leaving two in scoring position.
Anderson and Blain each belted back-to-back singles, while moving into scoring position on a double steal. Priem walked to load the bases. Brandon Mason walked to score Anderson, while McAdams belted a single, scoring Blain. Haught was then hit-by-a-pitch, knocking in Herrick who was pinch-running for Priem.
Paden City brought in a new pitcher, who walked Ledergerber and Price, scoring two more runs, while Conner brought home the last two runs with a single to give the visitors a 7-2 lead.
Paden City singled twice and added a walk, but the Blue Eagles picked off a runner and pulled a double play to get out of the fifth without any Paden City runs.
Anderson sat down the final six batters down in order, with two coming by way of strikes to get the win from the mound for the Big Blue. He ended the night with seven strikeouts and walked two.
“We played hard all game. It was one of our best defensive efforts, and our emotion and enthusiasm that we had all year,” Magnolia skipper Dave Cisar said.
From the plate, the Eagles got multiple hits from Anderson, Blain and McAdams, while Dillon Conner, Priem and Haught each belted hits.
For the Wildcats, Luke Cooper started and struck out two and walked five and hit a batter took the loss, while Andrew Dennis worked in relief, struck out one and walked three.
At the plate, Cooper pounded out two hits, while Hayden Hizer, Aaron Heasley, Kolton Elliott, Trey Slider and Ryan Cross each had a hit.
Bishops Knocks Out Eagles, 6-1
Magnolia opened the game with a run on two hits, but managed no runs on three hits the rest of the way in losing, 6-1, to Bishop Donahue in Moundsville.
Magnolia’s Tyler Anderson doubled and was chased to third on a Derrick Blain single and scored on a Nick Priem groundout to score the Eagles only run of the game in the opening stanza.
Meanwhile, the Bishops would score five times in the third and tack on another in the fifth to gain the nod.
Tanner McAdams went the distance,striking out one and walking four to get the loss from the hill. At the plate, Anderson doubled twice, while Blain singled and tripled, and Priem knocked in the only Blue Eagles tally.