Dragons Upend Eagles
The Cameron Dragons baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to nip the Magnolia Blue Eagles, 6-4, April 2 in Moundsville.
Magnolia spotted the Dragons three early runs, but got the bats a going in the fifth – scoring a run. However, Cameron added one more in the bottom half for a 4-1 advantage.
Magnolia scored four times in the top of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead, but once again Cameron fought back to retake the lead for good with two more runs in the bottom half. Cameron reliever Jessop Broughton kept the Eagles in check in the seventh to get the win in relief.
Silas McKeever started and went five innings, striking out four and walking three. Jake Gamble took the loss in relief; he struck-out one and didn’t walk a batter. McKeever paced the Eagles nine-hit attack with a pair of doubles and an RBI, while Gamble belted a two-run double.
In addition, Matthew Gaiser chipped in with a RBI double, while Patrick Mirandy smacked a double. Caden Cisar added an RBI single, while Woodson London singled twice.
For the Cameron Dragons, Noah Neely went the first five innings, struck-out eight and walked five. Broughton picked up the win in relief; he struck-out one and didn’t walk a batter.
Scott Broughton, Aiden Lucey and Zane Clutter each had RBI singles, while Logan Barkett singled twice, as well as Garrett Scott – who drove in a run.
Blue Eagles Pull Out 8-7 Upset Over Blue Devils
Magnolia scored seven late unanswered runs to beat St Marys, 8-7, April 1 at St. Marys High School.
The Blue Devils’ pitching ace, Eric Illar, sat down 13 Blue Eagle batters in five innings, including six looking strikeouts.
However, it didn’t go as well for the Eagles, as the Devils opened with two singles. The Devils scored two runs with a ground-out and a single to go up, 2-0.
The Eagles got Caden Cisar on base via an error, but Illar got all three batters looking at strike thre,e heading into the home half of the second. St. Marys opened with a single and went to third on a Blue Eagle error, who scored on a wild-pitch. They scored their second run of the inning off a ground-out to grab a 4-0 lead after two innings of play.
Illar struck-out the first batter before walking Patrick Mirandy, who was out on a Jake Gamble fielder’s choice. Gamble then stole second, with the catcher’s throw going all the way in the outfield, to score the Eagles’ first run without the benefit of a hit.
St. Marys opened the third with the lead-off batter reaching first on a HBP. He stole second, and with another wild pitch and pass ball, scored its first run of the inning. After a strike-out and another HBP, the Devils were ready to rock and roll once more. But, after a fielder’s choice, St. Marys put back-to-back RBI singles to push its advantage to 7-1. After another Blue Eagle error that loaded the bases, Mirandy induced a ground-out to get our of major pickle.
Magnolia went down in order in the top of the fourth, setting up the fourth straight St. Marys lead-off batter on. But, Magnolia got its first double-play of the season – that got the Magnolia faithful to their feet – and added a routine ground-out to end the inning, 1-2-3 heading into the top of the fifth.
Magnolia opened with a strike-out to open the fifth, but Woodson London belted a single to get the Blue Eagles going. Mirandy walked for the third time, and Woodson and Mirandy moved up a base on a wild pitch, while Gamble walked to load the bases. McKeever then drilled a two-RBI single. After another strikeout, London and Mirandy pulled off a double steal. Gaiser reached on an error, scoring London with Mirandy scoring on a passed ball that pulled the Big Blue to 7-5.
The Blue Devils’ leadoff batter was out on a nice catch by Eli Nice at the fence, but after two straight walks, Mirandy caught the Devil runner out at third. Magnolia got out of the inning on a routine play by Gamble at short.
Jared Kocher opened the sixth with a HBP and was replaced by Brady Renner as a pitch runner, while Brendon Mirandy walked. London laid down a sacrifice bunt, putting Renner and Mirandy both in scoring position. Patrick Mirandy drilled a two-run single, chasing the Devils ace, and knotting the game up at 7-7.
Gamble was HBP by the St. Marys reliever, but was erased on a fielder’s choice. Eli Nice knocked in Mirandy to give Magnolia its first lead of the game.
Kocher, working on his second inning of relief, got a pair of flyouts before giving up an infield single. But, he got the save as he got the last out on another routine ground out by Gamble.
McKeever paced the six Blue Eagle hits with a single, double and two runs batted in, while Patrick Mirandy walked twice and knocked in a pair with a single. Gamble scored twice and stole a base, while Eli Nice added an RBI single. Cisar and London each singled, with London scoring once. Matthew Gaiser added a RBI, while Brendon Mirandy scored the game-winner.
Patrick Mirandy pitched five complete innings; he struck out two and walked four to get the win. Kocher struck out one and didn’t walk a batter to get the save for Magnolia.
Illar took the loss, striking out 13 and walking four. Brendon Fox struck out one and walked two. Illar also had two singles and two RBI, while Jacob Holt singled twice and drove in four runs. Billy Norman singled in two runs, while Ethan Davis singled in one run.
The win pushed the Eagles to 2-4, while St. Marys dropped to 9-2.
“We just beat a very good baseball team and one of the best high school pitchers; that should give the kids some confidence,” said long-time head coach Dave Cisar.