Wheeling Central Comeback in final inning of play ends Blue Eagles Season
Magnolia took the lead in the top of the seventh inning scoring eight runs for a 15-11 lead, but couldn’t maintain the lead as the Maroon Knights plated five of their own in the bottom half to come away with a 16-15 victory on Monday night June 7, in Weirton at Cove Field. co
The teams battled back and forth all evening in the high scroing slugfest with the Blue Eagles jumping out in front 3-1 in the first inning. Central came back in the third and tied the score at 6-6, but the Blue put three more on the scoreboard in the fourth to regain the lead 7-6 following Central scoring two in the bottom of the inning.
The Maroon Knights added five more over the next two innings for an 11-7 lead heading into the top of the seventh. The never say die Blue Eagles went to work in the top of the seventh and took a nice lead scoring eight runs , only to see the home team pick up five in their half to get the win. Down 15-13, Central’s Fostor doubled on the first pitch of his at bat with one out scoring three runs to end the contest.
Magnolia’s big seventh inning showed a single from Eli Miller, a two run single from Austin Scheibelhood, a single by Brenden Mirandy, a double by Caden Cisar for two runs, an RBI double by Silas McKeever and a fielders choice by Colton Cisar for an RBI.
The Blue Eagles were led at the plate by McKeever who stood tall with three doubles, a single and four runs batted in. Caden Cisar also had a big night at the plate with three hits, two singles and a double knocking in a pair of runs. Mirandy added three hits and an RBI, while Scheibelhood kocked in a pair on two hits.
“I give Central all the credit in the world but in retrospect, I give us a lot of credit because we were dead and we came back,” Magnolia coach Dave Cisar said. “I’m really proud of our kids. What a good high school baseball game. That’s the way baseball is. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”
Hildebrand picked up the win for Central pitching one inning of relief and allowing four runs on four hits, striking out one and walking none. Toepfer threw two and two thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen.
The Blue Eagles outhit the Knights 15 -10 and Central committed four errors to Magnolia’s three. The loss put an end to Magnolia’s nice run in the Section tournament and left the Blue with a record of 12-11 on the season.