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Monarchs Too Much

By Staff | Apr 11, 2018

Photo by Bruce Crawford Magnolia’s Will Nice slides headfirst into the bag at first base, just beating the throw in a game against John Marshall.

NEW MARTINSVILLELegendary Magnolia coach Dave Cisar taught his son everything he knows about the game.

On Friday, Mark Cisar took the lessons he learned from his father growing up and executed them to perfection as he earned his first win as head coach of John Marshall with a 12-2 victory against his dad and the Blue Eagles in New Martinsville.

The Monarchs used aggressive base-running as they swiped six bases and put pressure on the Eagles’ pitchers, a method that Dave Cisar knows very well.

“I just tried to teach him about being aggressive,” Dave Cisar said. “(Friday), I knew there was going to be a winner. If I get him, I get him but if not, I will be happy for him.”

Mark Cisar took his father’s advice and ran with it. Literally.

“I think they were worried about the runners on the bases,” Mark Cisar said. “We stole a bunch of bases. We also did a lot of good things because we had several hit and runs going on and that shook them up a bit.

“We were getting pitches we could hit and not waiting. We wanted to make some things happen and we did.”

John Marshall also received an outstanding relief outing from Jacob Varner, who took over on the mound for starter Shane Dobbs in the second inning and cruised the rest of the way.

Varner finished with nine strikeouts and allowed just two hits.

“He threw great,” Mark Cisar said. “The big thing is, he came in and threw strikes. He worked fast and got ahead of hitters and when he got ahead, he put guys away. That was huge for us.”

The unforgettable night at the ballpark began when JM leadoff hitter Grant Fisher drew a walk and Varner followed with a single to left. A two-run rocket off the bat of Logan Bee to the wall in left gave the Monarchs a 2-0 edge.

The visitors added to their lead in the second when Josh Schramm and Fisher each walked and scored on a two-run, two-out double down the line in left by catcher Chas McCool, who also came around to score on an error.

The Blue Eagles secured their only two runs of the contest in the second when two walks and a Silas McKeever single loaded the bases. Brody Cartwright followed with a walk to drive in a run and Pat Mirandy supplied a sac-fly to left to cut the deficit to 5-2.

The floodgates opened in the third as back-to-back walks set up a double steal and a RBI fielder’s choice by Varner. McCool also garnered another two-run knock and John Santimarino padded the lead with a RBI single, creating a 9-2 cushion.

Dustin Beazel laced a two-run single to left in the fifth and another RBI hit from Bee sent the mercy rule into effect in the sixth.

Jake Gamble stuck out three and walked four to suffer the loss for Magnolia and Dalton Pritchard fanned three and allowed five free passes in a relief effort.

“We didn’t play well and we didn’t pitch well,” Dave Cisar said. “We didn’t get a clutch hit and John Marshall had more intensity than we did. We started the game with a bunch of walks. They got a hit here and there but we kind of lagged through it.

“One game doesn’t make a season, so we’re still excited and we’re going to get better. Sometimes you just have to get knocked on your butt, though.

“John Marshall was aggressive and they came to play but in baseball there is always tomorrow and that is what I’m going to tell the guys. Maybe getting knocked down will wake us up a bit.”

The win gives the Monarchs their first win of the campaign. A win that Mark Cisar hopes will be the first of many.

“This is very important for us,” he said. “We needed this. We were 0-4 and now we got that first one out of the way and hopefully we can get outside.

“Ohio Valley baseball is tough. We have already canceled 10 games but maybe this well get us on the right path and will jump start us.”