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Magnolia Ends Paden City Season

By Staff | Jun 9, 2021

Silas McKeever

Magnolia scored in the bottom of the first, and after Paden City tied the game in the top of the second the Blue Eagles took the lead for good with five runs over the next two innings on their way to a 9-4 win to end the Wildcats season on the Blue Eagles field, Friday June 4.

Paden City ended the contest with four runs on three hits and three errors. Magnolia scored nine runs on nine thits and committed three errors. Winning pitcher was freshman Colton Cisar who came on in relief of starter Silas McKeever in the fourth and recorded eight strikeouts and three walks. Alec Chaplin took the loss for the Wildcats going five and two thirds innings striking out eight and walking one. Will McGinnis came oon in relief and pitched one and a third innings with one strikeout.

McGinnis singled and drove in a run as did Brandon Hizer. Joey Baker had a single for the Cats other hit. Silas McKeever singled and doubled and drove in a run for the Blue Eagles, while Brenden Mirandy added two singles and an RBI. Eli Miller singles, doubled and drove in a run as well, while Kaleb Starkey got an RBI on a fielders choice.

Paden City ended their season with a (4-12) record. Coach Brent Croasmun said, “It was a difficult year for us as we didn’t have much experience going into this year. Some of our players had a limited number of practices before we started playing games, and the year layoff from baseball was a factor in our struggles to win. The boys battled and played hard. I’m proud of them for fighting through all the adversity to get this season in. We went through a lot of growing pains.”

Magnolia Falls to

Central at 1-470

Playing their second game of the sectionals after defeating Hundred on Tuesday, the Blue Eagles ran into a tougher opponent and fell 11-3 in a seven inning game that with a few breaks could have gone a different direction. Having beaten the Maroon Knights early in the year on their home field Magnolia didn’t have the firepower it needed to get the job done on Thursday night.

The Blue Eagles put two payers across the plate in the first inning to take the lead, but Central came right back in the bottom half to tie the game with two of their own. Both team came up empty in the second inning, however after holing the Blue quiet in the third Central added three runs to their total for a lead they would not relinquish.

Magnolia plated a run in the top of the fourth, but that would finish the scoring for the Blue on the night. Central added two more in the fifth and four in the sixth to get the win.

In the fifth inning the Blue Eagles had a chance to get back in the game or take a lead when they loaded the bases on walks and a perfect bunt by Austin Scheibelhood with no one out. However, Wheeling Central struck out the next two batters and forced a ground out to leave them stranded and end the inning. That semed to light a fire under Central who countered with six runs in their next two at bats, and Magnolia went flat the rest of the way.

Caden Cisar took the loss for the Blue Eagles going four innings and a third innings giving up five funs and six hits. He also recorded five k’s and issued four walks. Miller came on in relief in the fourth and gave up six hits, six runs and walked two.

Michael Toepher got the win for Central going six innings giving up three runs and five hitsm with 10 K’s. Central ended with 12 hits on the night to Magnolia’s five and the Blue had four errors while Central committed two.

Two Blue Eagle Pitchers

combine for shutout

victory over Hundred

Magnolia beat Hundred 10-0 in six innings on Tuesday night, June 1, in New Martinsville in a Region 1 Section 1 baseball game. The win propelled the Blue Eagles into the second game of the double-elimination tournament against Wheeling Central.

In the first inning on Tuesday it looked like a pitchers game as the Hornets ace Christian Fluharty and the Blue Eagles Brenden Mirandy each set down the side in order with two strikeouts each.

The second inning was more of the same as Mirandy struck out the side. Fluharty struckout two Magnolia batters in the second but gave up a double to Caden Cisar.

Mirandy got to first on an error and Cisar stole third. Cisar was then caught stealing home for the third out of the inning.

The top of the third saw Mirandy strikeout the side giving him eight K’s in the first three innings. In the bottom half of the third Eli Miller opened with an infield single, he then stole second, third and home for the Blue Eagles first score. Charlie Tayor then struck out, but Mirandy was hit by a pitch, and stole second. Fluharty was called for a balk moving Mirandy to third. Cisar singled and stole second. Mirandy stole home for a 2-0 lead and Cisar was cut down stealing third. Fluharty struck out Silas McKeever to end the inning.

In the fourth Mirandy struck out the side again giving him 11 strikeouts in the four innings. The Blue Eagles had a big fourth inning sending five runs across the plate. Kaleb Starkey got on by a hit pitch, he then stole second. He advanced to third when Woodson London reached first on an error. London stole second and Starkey stole home on a passed ball sending London to third. Cisar got to first on an infield hit and then stole second.

Austin Scheibelhood pops out and Fluharty strikes out Miller. Taylor then walks to load the bases. Mirandy then lines one to the fence for an in the park grand slam. Cisar singles but McKeever strikes out to end the inning with Magnolia up 7-0.

The Hornets threatened in the fifth, loading the bases, but the Blue Eagles cut down a runner and Mirandy got two more strikeouts to close the inning. Fluharty struck out two and forced a fly out to center in the bottom of the fifth giving him 10 k’s on the night.

The sixth inning saw Miller come on in relief for Mirandy and he struck out three Hornets while walking one. Magnolia closed it out in the bottom of the inning scoring three runs capped by a hard drive to left center by McKeever for an RBI to win the game.

Magnolia ended with nine hits in the contest, while the visiting Hornets were limited to just one single. The Hornets committed two errors, while Magnolia had just one.