Fast Start Leads Eagles Passed Bishop Donahue
Magnolia split the season series against Bishop Donahue, scoring six runs in the top of the first, and held off a Donahue comeback to win 11-5 in a make-up game last week at 1-470 Complex in Wheeling.
After racing out to a six run first, Magnolia yielded five runs in the second through the fifth innings before shutting Donahue down, and scoring five more in the last three innings to gain the win.
Ashley Tharp was once again a girl on a mission, striking out four and walking one, in going the distance to get the win from the mound,
Via Anderson paced the 11 MHS hit attack, with three singles and knocked in a run, while her sister Kayna Anderson tacked on two singles and plated a pair. Lauren Anderson singled, walked twice, and knocked in a run, while Knydra Pilant plated two teammates with a double. Ashlyn Piekarski finished the stats with an RBI single.
Eagles Bunt Way To 5-2 Victory
The Magnolia Blue Eagles scored three unearned runs in the top of the ninth to lift Magnolia to a season sweep of the River Pilots, 5-2, April 20 at Sardis.
Katie Hamrick walked to open the ninth inning, and Kenna Petin reached on a one out error. Kayna Anderson followed with a nifty bunt that caught everyone off guard that scored Alex Berger who was the courtesy runner for Hamrick. Paige Brill reached on an error and two more scored when the throw got away from the first-basemen to spring the Eagles to the victory.
Magnolia threatened in the first, when Kayna Anderson drilled a stand-up double and raced to third on a passed ball. She tried to score on a grounder by Pilant, but thrown out on a nice throw by Bailey Caldwell to Livi Rose at home plate.
The same thing happened to the Lady Pilots in the bottom half of the first. Riley Anderson opened the inning off with a shot to the fence for a triple and was thrown out at the plate on a nice play by the Eagles on a Bailey Caldwell fielders choice.
Both teams penciled in a run in the third and seventh, before the Eagles used small ball to tally three runs in the ninth.
There was outstanding defensive plays by both teams. The Pilots and Eagles catchers Rose and Hamrick made putouts at home as well as a nice catch on pop-outs behind the plate. K. Anderson and Lollathin each made nice plays at second to rob hits, as well as Brill and Heater at shortstop. Outstanding catchers by the Eagles’ Taylor Ludewig and the Pilots’ Lexi Piatt in left-field as well as pitchers Bailey Caldwell and the Eagles’ Ashley Tharp. The catches of the night was the Eagles’ Pilant and Vankirk at first base making nice grabs at the fence.
Bailey Caldwell took the loss from the circle. She struck out six and walked four, while Tharp set down five Pilot batters and didn’t walk a batter got the win.
Piatt and Bailey Caldwell each poked three singles, while Lollathin added a triple, and Heater an RBI double. In addition, Marshall, Candace Caldwell and Kaley Vankirk each singled for the Lady Pilots.
K. Anderson was a home-run short of a triple-double, while Kelly and Brill doubled. In addition, Pilant, Tharp and Ashlyn Piekarski each singled for the Blue Eagles.
The game was played for Muscular Distrophy. They brought in $1,189.52. The MD Game couldn’t have took place without the donations by the Magnolia and River softball teams, Ohio Valley Screen Printing, MACO Work Shop, Ables Cheese, Dos Hermanos Mexican Restaurant, The Court Restaurant, Dennis Miller Doors and Windows and Wink Sportswear.
Eagles Nip Red Devils, 12-10
Magnolia knocked in nine runs, in the last three innings, to break-away from a 8-3 deficit, to beat Ravenswood, 12-10, April 18 in girls softball action at MHS Hydro Field in New Martinsville.
MHS freshmen Kyndra Pilant and Paige Brill doubled and singled three times, while knocking in a pair of runs to lead the 15-Blue Eagle hit attack.
In addition, Ashley Tharp got the win from the circle. She struck out two and walked seven, and helped herself at the dish with a single and a double. Kayna Anderson singled twice, while Taylor Ludewig doubledand Ashlyn Piekarski singled.
Donahue Nips Eagles, 10-7
Bishop Donahue broke open a 7-7 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh to defeat Magnolia, 10-7, in softball action at MHS Hydro Field April 17.
Down two heading into the bottom half, Kayna Anderson and Paige Brill was hit by a pitch to open the inning, and moved into scoring position with a pair of passed balls. Ashley Tharp knocked in Anderson, while Brill was sent home on a single by Katie Hamrick to knot things up at two.
Tharp singled again in the third, and after a stolen base and a wild pitch Tharp touched home on a sacrifice fly by Brooke Hostetler to take the lead.
However, the Lady Bishops tacked on four runs in the top of the fourth, but Magnolia plated four in the bottom half to retake the lead at 7-6. Donahue would tie things up in the top of the sixth and would get the win with three runs inn the seventh.
Ashley Tharp struck-out five and didn’t walk at batter took the loss from the circle. She helped herself at the plate with a pair of base hits, while Brill and Hamrick each singled twice.