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TC Downs Magnolia

May 9, 2018
Wetzel Chronicle

The Magnolia Blue Eagles raced out to a 5-0 lead, but the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights went on a 11-1 run, and held on for a come-from behind, 12-11, victory April 30 in Kidwell.

After falling behind 9-5, the Eagles scored single runs in the fourth and fifth, before tacking on three in the sixth to pull to within two runs heading into the seventh inning.

Dalton Pritchard opened the seventh for the Big Blue with a double and scored when Jared Kocher grounded out to first and the Knights' first baseman throw to third went astray as Pritchard waltzed in to narrow the gap to one run.

The Eagles got the go-ahead run at the plate, but Magnolia failed to score and the Knights won, 12-11.

Pritchard doubled and single twice, while Jake Gamble singled and doubled to pace the Blue Eagle bats. Kocher lofted a solo shot over the fence for his first varsity home-run, while Silas McKeever doubled. Billy Nice took the loss from the hill, struck-out one and walked four, while Patrick Mirandy struck-out three and walked one in relief.

Luke Daugherty went the distance for the Knights, striking out four, while Dylan Seckman pounded out three singles, Ty West two singles and Justin Bowman a double to lead Tyler Consolidated.

Both teams combined for 12 errors, with Tyler leading with seven miscues.

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What Goes Around Comes Around, Eagles Win, 9-6

After watching son Mark direct John Marshall to a victory over his Magnolia squad earlier this season, veteran coach Dave Cisar turned the tables and exacted some revenge Tuesday, May1 in Glen Dale.

MHS senior pitcher Dalton Pritchard went the distance on the mound, scattering seven hits, while Patrick Mirandy collected three hits and Leo Herrick and William Nice each doubled twice as the Blue Eagles held on for a 9-6 triumph over the Monarchs at Monarch Field.

Magnolia (6-10) was also aided by five John Marshall errors and three Monarchs gunned down on the base paths.

"That is the best we have played by far, far, far this year," a smiling Dave Cisar said. "Dalton Pritchard threw strikes, we fielded the ball very well and made some big plays.

"We had lost eight of nine coming in, but I really still believe we can do the job and I think we showed that (Tuesday). I will tell you that I wish it was someone else on the other end of this thing, you would always rather your son or grandson win."

On the other hand, Mark Cisar was anything but pleased with his team's efforts.

"Our achilles all season has been not being able to make the routine play and not being able to capitalize with runners on base," Mark Cisar said. "(Tuesday) you can throw in bad base running."

An error led to a big first inning by the Blue Eagles as they got a lead-off single from Pat Mirandy before a potential double-play ball was thrown into the outfield leaving two runners on.

William Nice followed with a two-run double over the center fielder's head before Silas McKeever drilled a run-scoring double into the right-center field gap to make it an early 3-0 margin.

A Magnolia miscue also helped John Marshall (9-10) score its first run in the second frame. After John Davis was hit by a pitch with two outs Shane Dobbs singled to right. The throw to third trying to get

Davis skipped past the third baseman to cut the deficit to 3-1.

The Blue Eagles loaded the bases in the bottom of third with a Leo Herrick double, a walk and a hit batsman before Jarrod Kocher plated a pair with a base hit just over short to push the lead out to 5-1.

John Marshall ran itself out of a potential big inning in the home half of the frame. Izak Babiczuk reached on a lead-off error and went to third on Grant Fisher's double to deep left. However, Babiczuk got

caught in a run-down on a grounder back to the mound and tagged out before the batter at first was thrown out advancing too far towards second.

"Honestly, if somebody told me we could make a play like that in the field before (Tuesday) I probably would have told them they were nuts," Dave Cisar said. "But we have worked very hard on the mental

phases of the game and I truly don't believe we are a 6-10 team."

Mirandy helped manufacture a run in the fourth as the lead grew to 6-1. After reaching on an error to get things started, Mirandy stole both second and third before scoring on Herrick's second double of the contest.

The Monarchs got a pair back in the fourth thanks to Pritchard's first two walks of the game. Dobbs then drilled a two-run double to deep left to cut the deficit in half at 6-3. But the hosts again had a runner thrown out on the bases with Dobbs gunned down at the plate trying to score on a flyout to Mirandy in center.

A two-out hit-batsman paved the way for the seventh Magnolia run in the sixth when Nice drilled an RBI double into the right-center field gap.

For the third time in six innings, the Monarchs put two runners on with less than two out in the bottom of the sixth only to hit into their second double-play of the day to end another threat.

Magnolia need just an infield single to score a pair in the seventh, getting help from their hosts with a pair of errors and two walks to up the count to 9-3.

Losing pitcher Dustin Beazel blasted a three-run homer to left in the bottom of the seventh to make the score respectable.

"We have played atrocious all year and somehow we normally find a way to lose instead of win," Dave Cisar said. But tournament time is coming now and this is when you want to be playing your best baseball."

John Marshall coverage by Tracy Watson.

 
 
 

 

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