Lions open baseball season on winning note

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Town Crier Sports Staff

Manila opened the 2007 baseball season with a convincing 15-5 victory over Piggott Tuesday afternoon at Manila. Manila pounded out 13 hits, led by Ross Malloy, who was a perfect 4-4 at the plate. Malloy also drove in three runs, stole three bases and scored four times to lead the Lion attack.

The Lions jumped on top 5-1 after the first inning and tacked on four more runs in the third to blow the game open. Manila's five run first inning was highlighted by RBI singles from Malloy and Michael Shedd, who went 2-3 and scored twice.

Zach Birmingham's RBI single highlighted the Lion's four run third inning. Birmingham also scored twice and was hit three times. Frankie Cowgill went 1-2 and scored four runs. Cowgill stole seven bases, walked three times, and added an RBI single. Jace Elkins had one hit and scored two runs, Trey Malone had an RBI single while Chad Nunnally went 2-4 with an RBI double.

Shedd pitched four innings to pick up the win, scattering seven hits. Shedd allowed five runs, two earned, while striking out four and walking four. Chad Nunnally finished up with two innings of one hit baseball. Nunnnally recorded four strikeouts.

The Lions traveled to Brookland Thursday afternoon and outslugged the Bearcats 15-9.

Manila scored twice in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead and came back with three more runs in the fourth to pull ahead 5-1. Manila increased their lead to 8-1, scoring three runs in the fifth, only to watch the Bearcats come up with a four run fifth of their own to pull within 8-5. The Lions put the game away in the sixth inning, scoring six times, and withstood a four run Brookland seventh to hold on for the win.

Nunnally went the distance to pick up the win, striking out nine while issuing just two walks. The righthander scattered 10 hits while giving up nine runs, only one of which was earned.

Nunnally led the Lions at the plate, going 4-5 with three RBI's and a run scored. Ross Malloy went 4-5 with three runs scored and a stolen base. Frankie Cowgill had three hits, including two doubles and a triple, while scoring once and driving in one run. Lead off batter Jace Elkins had three hits, three RBIs and scored two runs. Freshman Zach Birmingham went 3-4, including two doubles, drove in two runs and scored twice. Luke McLaughlin had a two-run single and scored once while Kyle Evans had a double and scored twice.

The Lions pounded out 20 hits on the day as they improved to 2-0 on the young season.

Manila will return to action Monday when they host Marked Tree. The Lions will hit the road Tuesday for a 5:00 game against the Black Rock Zebras before traveling to Hoxie for a 4:00 conference match-up against the Mustangs. The Lions will return home Friday afternoon to face Rivercrest at 4:00.

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