Lions claim District baseball title

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Kyle Evans' bases clearing triple in the sixth inning rallied Manila to a 6-5 come from behind victory over arch-rival East Poinsett County in the finals of the 3A-3 District Tournament Tuesday night at Brookland.

Evans' game winning hit came on an 0-2 pitch with two outs and landed on top of the left field fence. The hit made a winner out of Chad Nunnally, who pitched two innings of shutout relief, striking out four while giving up two walks. Nunnally also went 2-4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.

Ross Malloy went 2-3 with a double and an RBI to aid the Lion offense. Malloy pitched the first five innings for Manila, giving up two earned runs on five hits. The senior right hander fanned five while walking six.

Adam Montgomery took the loss for the Warriors. Carson Tyler belted a homerun for EPC while finishing 3-4 at the plate. Tyler drove in all five Warrior runs. Chris Maddox also had three hits for EPC and scored two runs.

Manila reached the finals by defeating Corning 13-2 in five innings and Piggott 5-3 in the semi-finals.

Tray Malone picked up the win in the victory over Corning, going five innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Malone struck out three and walked two.

Frankie Cowgill led the Lion offense, going 2-3 with three runs scored and five stolen bases. Hunter Bryan had two hits, scored three runs and swiped three bases while Kyle Evans added two hits and four RBIs.

Chad Nunnally struck out 13 Mohawks in Manila's 5-3 win over Piggott. Nunnally also went 2-3 at the plate with a run scored.

Frankie Cowgill had a single, scored twice and stole four bases. Luke McLaughlin put Manila ahead for good with a two-out RBI hit in the sixth inning. McLaughlin finished 2-3 with two RBIs.

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