Lady Eagles On A Roll, Blast Rebels, 13-1
Magnolia’s Ashley Tharp limited Ritchie County to one hit and struck out out eight from the plate, while Emily Shank recorded three singles from the plate to lead the red-hot Blue Eagles to a convincing 13-1 March 25 in Ellensboro.
Tylar Seckman got the party started to open the game with a single. She raced to third on a single by Paige Brill, and both scored on a Kyndra Pilant single for a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
After a groundout, Tharp gave up her only hit of the game a harmless single, and took it out on a the next two batters with a pair of strikeouts.
After a scoreless second, the Eagles sent 10 batters to the plate, while scoring four runs on four hits, and four Rebel errors, with Brill getting the big hit in the inning, a double.
Tharp was on cruise control as she retired the Rebels down in order the rest of the way, while Magnolia scored twice in the third and plated five more for good measure in the fifth for good measure to gain the 13-1 mercy-rule shortened game.
Tharp got the win from the circle. She struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter, while helping herself out at the plate with a single. Lauren Anderson and Seckman each had singles, while Taylor Ludewig and Pilant each smacking two singles.
Brill had a single and a pair of two-baggers, while Ludewig and Pilant each smacked a pair of singles and Shank three singles.
Tharp And Eagles Shuts-Out Liberty, 1-0
Emily Shank scored the winning run in the seventh inning off a pair of Liberty errors, and Taylor Ludewig pounded two of the three Magnolia hits in winning a close 1-0 victory over Liberty, to win a double-header at Ritchie.
Tharp was brilliant once more as she limited Liberty to one hit, and struck-out three to gain the nod from the circle.
Via Anderson got the other hit for Magnolia, who now has won five of their first six games to start the season.
Eagles Soar Over Hawks, 9-5
Kayna Anderson belted a pair of doubles , while Ashley Tharp limited the South Harrison Hawks to three hits. She struck out six batters while not walking a batter in a 9-5 comeback win March 24 at the Eagles Nest at the Hydro Field in New Martinsville.
After falling behind 5-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Eagles closed the gap to 5-2 as Kyna Anderson reached safely with a walk to start the comeback. She raced to third on a Paige Brill double, and scored on a error.
In the bottom half of the sixth started the seven-run inning with a Emily Shank stand-up triple that turned into a home-run on the late throw back. Lauren Anderson followed with a single. After two straight Hawk errors, Brill plated a run with a single and went to second on the throw. And after the third Hawk error of the inning, Tharp drilled a long double that cleared the bases.
After the second ground-out of the inning, the Eagles Kenna Petin blasted her second single of the game. The inning ended on a strikeout.
Tharp set the Hawks down in order in the top of the seventh ending with a strike-out to end the six strike-out three-hitter.
Kayna Anderson, Brill, Tharp and Petin each had muti-hits, for the Lady Eagles, while Shank blasted her first career home-run, and Lauren Anderson added a single.
Blue Eagles Bury Cadets, 9-1
Ashlyn Piekarski struck-out seven Linsly batters from the circle, while Taylor Ludewig lined a pair of RBI singles from the plate to lead Magnolia to a 9-1 victory over the Linsly Cadets March 22 at the Eagles Nest on Hydro Field.
The Lady Cadets opened the game with a run in the top of the first, but Magnolia produced three runs in the bottom half to grab a 3-1 lead.
Neither team scored in the second stanza, but Magnolia tallied four runs in the third, and one more in the fourth and six that gave the home team the mercy-rule 9-1 victory.
Ludewig recorded her first multi-hit game and knocked in her very first two runs batted in as well to pace the Big Blue bats, while Piekarski singled in a run.
In addition, Ashley Tharp doubled, while Paige Brill scored four times.
Wheeling Central Tosses One-Hitter In 8-0 Shutout
Marissa Garlitz limited the Lady Eagles to a Ashley Tharp single, while her Wheeling Central teammates Hannah Mozingo and Riley Bennington each doubled in two runs to lead the Maroon Knights to a mercy-rule 8-0 win March 21 at Hydro Field in New Martinsville.
Both teams were locked into a pitchers’ duel for the first four innings. However, the undefeated Maroon Knights got to the Eagles hurler with a lone run in the bottom of the third.
However, the Blue Eagles got a solid single up the gut by Tharp to start the bottom half of the third, and a fielding error put two Eagle runners in scoring position with nobody out. However, Garlitz worked out of the jam unscathed.
In the top of the fifth, Wheeling Central plated three runs, while earning the mercy-rule shortened game with four runs in the sixth.
Tharp took the loss from the circle, struck out nine and walked two, while Garlitz got Central their second win as many starts, tossed a one-hitter, struck out 14 and walked two.
Mozingo and Bennington each plated two runs with a double, while Jaden Thomas knocked in one with a double.
In addition, Kaitlyn Ferns tripled and Olivia Thomas singled in a run to lead the six-hit attack.
Lady Eagles Walks to 13-3 Win To Open Season
Magnolia freshman Kyndra Pilant fueled a 10-run fourth by ripping a single and a double and knocking in three runs to lead the Eagles to a 13-3 come-from-behind victory over Ravenswood in a mutual season opener March 20 at the Eagles Nest in New Martinsville.
The Lady Eagles’ Katie Hamrick walked with one out in the second inning. First-year senior Taylor Ludewig and Lauren Anderson drilled back-to-back singles to load the bases. Four-straight walks would account for three runs to give Magnolia a 3-0 lead.
With the Eagles’ sophomore Ashley Tharp dominating in the first two innings, the Red Devils would get to the Eagles’ hurler for two runs in both the third and fourth innings to take a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom half of the fourth.
Magnolia walked four straight batters to open the inning to tie the game at four. Pilant plated a pair with a double to retake the lead. And after a groundout and a fielder’s choice, Ludewig walked and Lauren Anderson followed with an RBI single. Magnolia then walked six more times, while Pilant plated a run with a single to give the hosts a 13-3 lead after four innings of play.
After a lead-off double, Tharp got the next three batters out in order to end the mercy-rule shortened game.
Tharp struck-out five and walked three, while twirling a six-hitter got the win from the mound, while Ravenswood went through three pitchers, walked 18.
Magnolia had seven hits. Pilant had a single and a double and three RBI to lead the way. Kayna Anderson also doubled, while scoring twice and walking three times. Seckman and Tharp also walked three times and scored twice, while Paige Brill scored twice and walked twice.
In addition, Lauren Anderson singled twice, while Ludewig and Via Anderson each adding a single, and walked twice.