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Eagles Drop Two Against Devils

March 28, 2018
BY BRUCE CRAWFORD - Staff Writer (bcrawford@wetzelchronicle.com) , Wetzel Chronicle

The Eagles Paige Brill broke up a St. Clairsville no-hitter in the bottom of the third, but it wasn't quite enough to get past the Red Devils, 13-1, in a mercy-rule shortened game March 24 at Hydro Field in New Martinsville. St Clairsville rocked the Blue Eagles for nine runs in the opening inning, while tacking on four more in the top of the fourth to put the game out of reach.

* St Clairsville 14, Magnolia 6 -- In the nightcap, the Red Devils scored four runs in the third, fourth and sixth inning and held on to defeat the Blue Eagles, 14-6. Brill collected a single and a double, while Tharp recorded an RBI double to pace the Blue Eagle bats. Kyndra Pilant drilled a pair of singles, and knocked in a run, while Kayna drove home two runs with a single. Both Via Anderson and Lauren Anderson each drove in a run with a base-hit.Kady Postlewait took the loss from the circle, walked six and didn't strike-out any batters.

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Photo by Bruce Crawford
Magnolia’s Paige Brill takes a cut during the Blue Eagles’ game against Clay-Battelle.

Brill Drills Walk-Off Triple To End Game

Magnolia's Paige Brill drilled a walk-off triple to score Kayna Anderson who opened the bottom of the 16th with a single to swat the Clay-Battelle Cee-Bees, 4-3, in a 16-inning marathon March 22.

The Eagles' Ashley Tharp and the Cee-Bees' Caitlyn Kassey were hooked up in a pitching duel for 14 innings before leaving the game, striking out a combined 40 batters and each giving up two runs.

Clay-Battelle got to Tharp in the top of the third when Ronda Petrucci opened the inning with a single, and Abbey Ammons drilled a two-out home-run over the right-center fence to grab a 2-0 advantage.

The Blue Eagles scored two runs on one hit, walk and two errors. Tharp belted a one-out bloop single to get things rolling, while moving to second on a wild pitch. Via Anderson followed with a walk and they both scored on a pair of Cee-Bee errors to knot the game at 2-2 after six innings.

Tharp and Kassey would leave the circle in the top of the 14th. Eagles freshman Kady Postlethwait took over for the Blue Eagles and pitched well, but the defense yielded two errors that gave the Cee-Bees the lead.

However, the Blue Eagles' Brill opened with a single and after a pair of Cee-Bees errors, she scored on Lauren Anderson's third single of the night to send it to the 16 inning.

Postlethwait set them down in order on three ground-outs, sending Magnolia to the home-half of the inning. Kayna Anderson reached on a seeing eye single and raced home on Brill rocket to right field for the walk-off triple to end the frigid marathon.

Brill tripled and singled twice, while Lauren Anderson singled three times to pace the Big Blue. Tharp doubled and singled, while Kayna Anderson, Kyndra Pilant, Via Anderson and Katy Hamrick each lined a base-hit.

Ammons tallied a two-run home-run, while Kassey belted a pair of doubles to lead Clay-Battelle. Kassey pitched an outstanding game. She struck out 24 Magnolia batters, while giving up two runs on eight hits.

Tharp struck out 16 batters in 14 innings, giving up six hits, while Postlethwait didn't strike-out a batter, and didn't give up a hit, getting the win from the mound.

 
 
 

 

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