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Tyler Goes Extra to Beat Magnolia

By Staff | May 1, 2019

Tyler’s Jake Rice applies the tag on a Magnolia runner to save a run. Rice belted the game-winning, walk-off single in the eighth inning as the Silver Knights came from behind to defeat the rival Blue Eagles, 11-10.

Tyler Consolidated improved it’s record to 11-6 on Wednesday night in Kidwell with a run inthe eighth inning for a 10-9 decision over Magnolia. The Silver Knights fell behind 3-0 after the top of the first but came back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to tie the score. Both team scored in the third and after three it stood at 3-3. The Knights added five runs over the next three inning to take a 8-4 lead into the top of the seventh with the game well in hand.

Magnolia plated three runs in the seventh and had the bases loaded with one down when Silas McKeever unloaded a grand slam to give the Blue Eagles the 9-8 lead with the Knights having one last at bat. With two down and no one on in the bottom of the seventh, Silver Knight Tyler West drilled a double down the third base line, Dylan Seckman who came on in relief for Tyler in the fifth and got credit for the win drove in West with a grounder to third.

The play at first was in the dirt and went past Magnolia’s first baseman to bring in West and send the game to extra innings.

Seckman shut the Blue Eagles down in the eighth and then the Knights picked up a run in their half of the inning when Jake Rice singled to get the winning run. Seckman threw three innings to get the win striking out three batters and walking five.

Rice singled and got an RBI, while West smacked two doubles and scored twice. Seckman helped his own cause with a single, double and a pair of RBI. Noah Smith camr e up big with a triple and an RBI and Chase Landis knocked in two runs, while Garrett Ammons ended with an RBI.

The Blue Eagles Pat Mirandy took the loss from the mound for Magnolia working the eighth inning after being pulled in the first.

He gave up four runs and had one strike out lus two walks. Magnolia used three pitchers with Brandon Mirandy throwing two innings with a strike out and four walks while McKeever worked four inning of relief.

The Eagles got a triple from Pat Mirandy, while Caden Cisar recorded a single and an RBI. Woodson London hit two singles and drove home two runs, while B. Mirandy drove in a run on two singles.

The Big bat for Magnolia was McKeever who ended with six RBI with his long ball over the fence and a single.

“We played tough baseball, when we were down we came back, Dyan Seckman came in to pitch for us and did a nice job. We made some big plays in the field, Jake Rice and Tyler West combined to get a runner stealing second and Gage Huffman made a great thrwo to cut down a runner at home. Both of those plays were huge,” Tyler coach Robby Jones said. “Magnolia played hard and I tip my hat to the way they came back from five down in the seventh to take a one point lead. Coach Cisar ( Dave) is always tough to beat and tonight we just happened to get one for the win.”

There were several big plays in the contest but none bigger than McKeever’s grand slam in the seventh to give the Blue Eagles the win. For the Silver Knights the throw from Huffman to get the runner at home and West’ double down the third baseline stand as their highlights.

Magnolia Scores 4 in Fifth To Beat Ritchie, 7-4

Five Different Eagles Knock In Runs

By BRUCE CRAWFORD

Staff Writer

The Magnolia Blue Eagles scored four runs in the top of the seventh to break open a close game and held on for a 7-4 victory over the Ritchie County Rebels April 23 in Ellensboro.

The hosts Ritchie scored a run in the bottom of the first, but the Blue Eagles, a winner of four out of their last five games touched home twice in the third and once in the fourth to grab the lead at 3-1, before exploding for four runs in the fifth.

Ritchie tallied three in the sixth to end all-scoring. Jake Gamble took the win from the mound, struck-out five and walked only one, while Brendon Mirandy got the save. Patrick Mirandy had an RBI double, while Brendon singled twice and laid down a squeeze for an RBI. Silas McKeever singled and doubled and knocked in a run, while Woodson London, singled and knocked in a pair. Matthew Gaiser added an RBI single.