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Donahue Pours it on Late Vs. Eagles

By Staff | May 4, 2016

Five Magnolia softball players had multiple hits, but it wasn’t quite enough to get past Bishop Donahue, 14-6, in softball action, April 27 at New Martinsville’s Hydro Field.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when after two outs, Ashley Tharp singled and was chased home by a Davianne Croasmun double.

After a scoreless second, Donahue answered with three runs in the third, while Magnolia fought back for a run in the bottom half. Tharp opened up with a double and later scored on a Ashlyn Piekarski single to close the gap to 3-2.

But Bishop Donahue responded with a four-run fourth with a trio of singles and a double to grab a 7-2 lead. However, the Magnolia girls rallied with a four-run fifth to close the gap to 7-6, when Croasmun and Piekarski each singled and Emily Shank reached base on a Donahue blunder that loaded the bases.

Lauren Anderson singled in a run, while Katie Hamrick’s shot was mishandled that knocked in another teammate. After a strikeout, Tylar Seckman singled in a pair, while ending the inning with a pair of flyouts.

Bishop Donahue scored seven runs in the top of the sixth, while holding the Eagles scoreless in the bottom half to win by mercy rule.

Croasmun doubled and singled twice, while knocking in a run to lead four other multiple hit teammates. Tharp singled and doubled and made a pair of nice defensive plays at shortstop. Anderson, Piekarski and Seckman each pounded out a pair of singles, while Ryan Dawson doubled and Hamrick singled.

Piekarski took the loss. She struck out four and walked three.

The Bishops’ Sommer South doubled and singled twice, while Josie Bonar belted three singles to pace Donahue’s 10-hit attack.

Eagles Split Two With Silver Knights

In the opener, the Silver Knights scored two-runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Magnolia, 3-2, April 25 in Kidwell.

Magnolia took the lead in the top of the fourth when Ashley Tharp singled and scored on a Lauren Anderson single.

Tyler tied it up in the fifth, but the Blue Eagles regained a lead in the top of the sixth when Alex Berger was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

However, the Knights scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off single by Kylie Martin.

Tharp struck out eight and walked two in taking the loss, while the Knights Vanessa Templeton got the win. She twirled a two-hitter, striking out seven and walking five.

Piekarski Hits First Home Run To Lead Eagles

Ashlyn Piekarski was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, and Ashley Tharp stymied Tyler Consolidated, striking out nine to lead Magnolia in the nightcap, 5-2.

Both teams scored a run in the third, but the Eagles took the lead for good in then fourth when Piekarski doubled, with Via Anderson knocking her home on a single.

Magnolia added two more runs in the fifth when Seckman singled and scored on a Tharp double. Piekarski then singled, while Tharp raced home when Lauen Anderson reached on a Tyler error.

The Knights wouldn’t go quietly. They scored a run in the bottom half of the fifth when Jolee Walton was hit by a pitch and scored on a Joralda Rice double.

Magnolia scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh on Piekarski’s first career home run.

Tharp earned a victory win, striking out out nine and allowing four hits, while Piekarski led the way offensively with a double, home run and two singles. Seckman and Tharp each had two singles, while Croasmun, Via Anderson and Berger each had a single for Magnolia.

The Knights were led offensively by Rice and Madison West who singled and double, while West took the loss, striking out four.