Manila Lions split on the week
Manila picked up two wins and suffered two losses on the week, defeating Harrisburg and Cross County but losing to Gosnell and Osceola. The Lions' record stands at 8--8 overall and 4--4 in 3AAA-South conference action.
The Lions avenged an early season loss to Harrisburg by defeating the Hornets 1-- 13 on Tuesday. Senior Justin Hill got the win for Manila, pitching two innings giving up three hits, striking out three and giving up five runs.
Josh McDaniel took center stage at the plate going 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs. Jordan Wise went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and picking up his first career home run in high school play. Matt Noble was steady at the plate, hitting 4-for-5 with three RBIs. Juan Moyeda was 2-for-5 with an RBI followed by Scott Townsend and Jared Camp hitting 1-for-2 with Camp earning an RBI. Kevin Curtis was 1-for-5 with an RBI as P.J. Brumley picking up two RBIs.
Manila picked up its second win of the season over Cross County 16-10. Scott Townsend was the winning pitcher of the game with five innings pitched. Justin Hill came in at relief, pitching two innings.
Matt Noble and Josh McDaniel picked up home runs for the Lions as Noble went 2-for-5 with one RBI and McDaniel hitting 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Scott Townsend hit 2-for-3 with three RBIs, followed by Jordan Wise's 2-for-4 performances with three RBIs. Juan Moyeda hit 2-for-4, followed by Casey Hill with 2-for-5. P.J. Brumley was perfect at the plate, hitting 1-for-1, followed by Jared Camp with 1-for-3 and one RBI. Kevin Curtis was also 1-for-5 at the plate.
Manila suffered its first loss of the week against the undefeated Gosnell Pirates 21--3. The Lions trailed 4-2 before pitcher Josh McDaniel came out after being hit line drive ball by Gosnell's Shawn Lee. Gosnell picked up 17 runs in the final three innings to get the conference win.
Matt Noble hit a home run in a 1-for-3 performance at the plate while picking up two RBIs. Juan Moyeda also had a solo home run while hitting 1-for-3. Casey Hill and P.J. Brumley hit 1-for-2.
The Lions suffered their second conference loss of the week to Osceola
8--7 in 10 innings. Manila's Matt Noble hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings tied 7--7.
Osceola's Gary Stewart scored the winning run after a wild pitch on the third strike allowed Stewart to steal home. Justin Hill suffered the loss for Manila, pitching two innings, striking out two and allowing one hit. Noble, Casey Hill, and Josh McDaniel each picked up two hits with Hill and P.J. Brumley getting two RBIs each. Noble and Jackey Parker gained an RBI each for Manila.
The Lions will travel to Marked Tree on Monday and Gosnell on Tuesday. Manila will host Rivercrest on Thursday and will have Trumann at Manila on Monday, April 12, in a doubleheader.