Manila broke out the big bags Friday afternoon in the Xtra Innings Classic at Valley View's Jack Moore Complex, but could only come up with a split, losing a 12-11 slugfest to Marked Tree before bouncing back with a 15-5 thumping of Corning.
Marked Tree erupted for 11 runs in the first three innings and took an 11-3 lead into the fifth before Manila mounted a spirited comeback, scoring eight runs to tie the game
11-11. Unfortunately for the Lions, Marked Tree scored what proved to be the winning run in the sixth as time expired, preventing a seventh inning from being played, costing the Lions a chance for a comeback victory.
Tray Malone, Blake Wheeler and Taylor Morgan all went 2-4 from the plate to lead the Lions offensively. Malone doubled, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs. Wheeler batted in a pair of RBI and scored twice while Morgan drove in one run and scored once. Jared Hembrey had a two-run double and scored a run while Dillon Burrow added a single.
Malone started the game on the mound, pitching three innings of six hit ball. The senior right-hander gave up 11 runs, but only two were earned. Malone fanned three and walked three batters. Wheeler was the tough luck loser, pitching three innings, allowing only two hits and one unearned run. Wheeler struck out five while allowing a pair of base on balls.
In the second game, Taylor Morgan struck out nine Bobcats while giving up just one earned run to pick up the win over Corning. Morgan allowed just three hits and didn't walk a batter.
Tracey Reinhart led the Lions at the plate, going a perfect 3-3 while driving in three runs. Reinhart also crossed the plate twice. Dillon Burrow went 2-4 with a double, two RBI and three runs scored. Jeremy Goff went 2-3, drove in three runs and scored once. Freshman Zach Reinhart also went 2-3 with a pair of RBI and scored once. Jared Hembrey tripled and singled while scoring two runs. Taylor Morgan, Tray Malone, and Zack Birmingham all had a hit apiece. Blake Wheeler scored two runs.
Manila improved to 2-4 with the win and will return to action Monday when they travel to Black Rock for a non-conference tilt. The Lions will play host to league rival Corning Tuesday afternoon and will close out the week Friday afternoon with a home game against Armorel.