Blue Eagles Fall to Rebels, 13-5
The Ritchie County Rebels scored six runs in the first two innings, and held-off the homestanding Blue Eagles, 13-5, in high school baseball action April 30 at George Mullett Baseball Complex.
Ritchie opened with two straight outs, but secured a run on an error to give the Rebels a 6-0 advantage after scoring five more in the second.
Magnolia scored two runs in the home-half of the second without the benefit of a hit, and added another run in the third to cut the deficit in half with the help of an error, stolen base, and singles by Woodson London, Caden Cisar and RBI single by Eli Nice.
However, the Rebels scored twice in the fifth and sixth to extend their lead to 10-3, but the Eagles managed to score twice in the sixth on an error, fielders choice, a walk, and singles by Jared Kocher and Jake Gamble to close the gap once more.
Ritchie would counter with a three-run seventh to close the scoring and even the season-series at one win apiece.
Patrick Mirandy paced the struggling Eagles with a walk, stolen base, and 2-hits, while Gamble, London, Kocher, and Nice each added a pair of RBI singles. McKeever, Kocher, and Cisar each singled, with Cisar adding a HBP. Matthew Gaiser walked three times.
John Marshall scored seven runs in the second inning and went on to defeat Magnolia, 17-7, in high school baseball action April 29 in Moundsville.
Magnolia jumped out to a 3-0 lead, before the Monarchs tallied seven runs in the bottom of the second inning, and one more in the third to take a 8-3 lead after three.
However, the never-say-die Blue Eagles scored four times in the fourth to close the gap to a run heading into the bottom half. But the Mark Cisar led Monarchs scored the games last eight runs to get the win.
Patrick Mirandy singled and doubled to lead the way, while Jake Gamble and Matthew Gaiser added RBI singles. Silas McKeever and Jared Kocher each singled, with McKeever adding a sacrifice.
Icac Babiczuk blasted a 2-RBI home-run, while Chas McCool drove home three runs on a pair of singles, a double and triple to pace the John Marshall 20-hit attack.