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Lady Eagles Knock Out Crusaders
April 19, 2017

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The homestanding Lady Eagle Softball Team trounced Steubenville Catholic 10-2 April 11, but fell 4-2 to Tyler Consolidated the following day at New Martinsville for Magnolia's second loss this season to the Lady Silver Knights.

In that contest, centerfielder Tylar Seckman, who scored a run in the first for Magnolia, sprained her left ankle sliding into second base and was sidelined for the Fort Frye game April 14. Freshman Paige Brill was hit by a pitch in the third stanza, but later in the same inning came home to score Magnolia's only other run of the game. Also recording hits against Tyler were MHS pitcher Ashley Tharp, first baseman Kyndra Pilant and third baseman Lauren Anderson.

Against Steubenville, Anderson scored a run in the first inning and later added a single. The Lady Eagles scored a run in every inning save one, while capitalizing on Steubenville errors to get the win. Taylor Ludewig came home for Magnolia in the second and sixth innings. She also singled and knocked in two.

Pilant hit big for the Lady Eagles, scoring three runs and as many singles. She also batted in three Magnolia base runners. Winning pitcher Ashley Tharp scored two runs on two hits and a walk. She also sat down two Crusaders and issued no passes.

Emily Shank contributed two hits and advanced to first on a hit-by-pitch. Brill claimed a run for Magnolia, as did Seckman and Kayna Anderson. Seckman had one hit, while Anderson recorded two.

Against Fort Frye April 14, Kayna Anderson scored a run in the first for the Lady Eagles, but Magnolia was silent in the next three stanzas. Then Brill, Pilant and Tharp crossed home to make the score 4-3, Magnolia. Lindsay Whiteman singled and tied the game 5-5 with a run in the seventh. Fort Frye scraped by Magnolia in the ninth inning to win the game 6-5.

Brill hit a double and single for MHS, while Pilant singled and doubled twice. Tharp hit four singles and hijacked a base and Katy Hamrick recorded three singles. Lauren Anderson had a single and a sacrifice for Magnolia, while Via Anderson singled thrice. From the circle, Tharp fanned 10 batters and allowed two passes.

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Eagles Fall To Seminoles, 8-1

Editor's Note: The rest of this week's MHS softball coverage is by Bruce Crawford, Staff Writer.

Paige Brill rifled a home-run in the fourth inning for Magnolia, but it wasn't quite enough to get past Monroe Central, April 10 in Woodsfield.

The Lady 'Noles took a 2-0 lead heading into the fourth period before Brill belted her very first high school home run to pull to within a run. However, Monroe Central tallied four runs in the bottom half, and added two more sixth to get the win.

The Seminoles limited the Eagles to a Brill home-run, an Ashley Tharp double and a Lauren Anderson base-hit. Tharp, took the loss from the mound. She struck-out six and walked only one, but gave up 10 Seminole base-hits.

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Seven-Run Second Leads Lady Eagles In, 10-0 Shut-out

The Blue Eagles scored seven runs after two out in the second inning and went on to shut-out Ritchie, 10-0 to open the four-game marathon Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles scored twice in the first inning as Knydra Pilant knocked in Paige Brill who walked with a double, while Ashlyn Piekarski plated Pilant with a single to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.

With Ashley Tharp on her game from the circle, Magnolia put the game on ice in the second with a seven-run second, keyed by a Emily Shank bases loaded single and a Ritchie error.

The mercy rule would go into effect in the third as struck-out one and induced a pair of harmless ground-outs.

Magnolia scored their 10 runs on only five hits and seven walks, and two Rebel errors. Pilant led the way offensively for Magnolia with a single and a pair of doubles, while knocking in three runs. Shank knocked in three with her bases loaded single, while Via Anderson and Lindsay Whiteman each singled. Brill walked three times and scored each time, while Piekarski knocked in a run.

Tharp struck-out five and walked two got the win from the circle.

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Pilant's Two-Run Homer Lifts Eagles In Extra Innings

Kyndra Pilant drilled a two-run home-run in the bottom of the eighth to lift Magnolia to a thrilling 8-6 victory over Paden City in a four-team marathon April 8 at the Eagles Nest at NM Hydro Field.

Paden City's first three batters reached base safely, and all scored on errors to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.

Magnolia tallied one run in the bottom of the inning on two walks and a RBI single by Ashlyn Piekarski.

The Wildcats got the run back in the top of the third, when Ferrebee doubled, Madeline Cox singled, but Hope Cooper hit into a fielders choice that got Ferrebee out at home. Ashlyn Moses then singled in Cox to up their advantage to 4-1.

Brill opened with her second one out walk, scooted to second on a passed ball and moved over to third on a fly-out, and after a Ashley Tharp walk, scored for the second straight time on a Piekarski single. Tharp would come a round to score on a Paden City miscue to close the gap a bit at 4-3.

After a scoreless fourth by both teams, the Lady Eagles would knot the game up at four in the bottom of the fifth, when Brill reached safely four the third straight time, a Wildcat error, and would score on another error.

In the top of the seventh, the Wildcats took the lead when, the Wildcats loaded the bases on a Loy single, a Neff walk and a Blue Eagle miscue. Cox then drilled an RBI single to give them a 5-4 lead.

However, the Magnolia bats came alive in the bottom of the seventh. After a fly-out, the Eagles strung together three straight singles with the later one by Taylor Ludewig knocking in the tieing run. Another walked loaded the bases, the Wildcats defense took over and got them out of a pickle.

The Wildcats scored again in the top of the eighth when Katrina Heasley walked with one out, but was out trying to score on a Delaney Lantz double. However, Loy would plate Lantz on her third single of the night to get the Wildcats back on top, 6-5.

Tylar Seckman opened with an infield single and tied the game up on a Brill double. The game ended on a Knydra Pilant walk-off two-run home-run over the right center-field fence.

Loy was the hard-luck losing pitcher. She worked into the eighth, striking out two and walking eight. She also plated a run on three singles, while Neff singled and doubled to pace the 10-hit attack. Ferrebee and Lantz each pounded a double, while Moses plated a run with a single. Cox finished with a pair of base-hits.

Tharp got the win in relief for Magnolia, striking out one and walking two, while Piekarski worked the first five innings, struck-out seven and walked one.

Piekarski, helped herself out at the plate, lined three singles, and plated two, while Tharp singled and scored twice.

In addition, Brill singled, doubled and scored four times, while Ludewig singled twice and knocked in a run. Seckman and Kenna Petin each singled, while Pilant had the walk-off two-run home-run.

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