Malone leads Lions to doubleheader sweep over Brookland

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Manila swept a twin-bill from Brookland Friday afternoon, winning the first game 7-3 before taking the nightcap 20-10.

The Lions (7-5, 5-1 3A-3) rode the hot bat and strong right arm of Tray Malone, who picked up the win in the opener. Malone pitched seven innings of six hit baseball, allowing only one earned run. The senior struck out seven while allowing only one walk and was also a perfect 3-3 at the plate.

Blake Wheeler added a couple of hits, including a double in the opener over the Bearcats.

Malone continued his hot hitting in the nightcap, going 3-4 as he reached base nine out of his 10 plate appearances in the twin-bill. Malone finished with four RBIs, a double and a home run on the day.

Manila fell behind 4-0 after the first inning in the second game, but roared back, scoring seven runs in the second inning while plating two more in the third and three in the fourth to take a commanding 12-4 lead.

The Lions had six players with at least two or more hits in the second game victory. Tracey Reinhart exploded in game two, going 3-5 with a homer and a pair of doubles. The junior drove in four runs while scoring three times. Wheeler also went 3-5, with a homer, double, and three RBIs. Wheeler crossed the plate four times. Malone drove in a pair of runs and scored twice while going 3-4. Dillon Burrow went 2-5, drove in four runs, scored three times and stole a pair of bases. Taylor Morgan and Jared Hembrey added a pair of hits apiece while Jeremy Goff blasted Manila's third homer of the game to round out the Lion's offensive attack.

Taylor Morgan pitched 4 1/3 innings to pick up the win in the nightcap.

Manila began the week, losing a tough 1-0 decision to Rivercrest on Monday at Wilson before bouncing back to take a 4-3 victory over the Colts Tuesday afternoon at Manila.

Colt pitcher Blake Coffman fired a two-hit shutout and drove in the game's only run to pick up the win in Monday's game. Coffman, who improved to 4-1 on the year, struck out four and walked four while going the distance on the mound. Coffman finished the day 2-3 at the plate and drove in the game winning run in the fifth inning.

Jeremy Goff was the hero in Tuesday afternoon's game, driving in the winning run on a bases loaded suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Lions rallied for a one run victory over Rivercrest. Manila trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, but started its winning rally when Taylor Morgan singled and stole second. Tracey Reinhart laced a double all the way to the fence to score Morgan and tie the game 3-3. The Lions loaded the bases before Goff put down his perfect bunt to win the game.

Goff finished 3-4 on the day while Reinhart went 2-3 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and a RBI. Morgan finished 2-4 with one stolen base.

Southpaw Blake Wheeler, 2-1 on the year, picked up the win, pitching all seven innings. Wheeler allowed just two earned runs on seven hits. The senior lefthander fanned eight and gave up a pair of walks.

Manila will return to action Tuesday afternoon when they travel to Marmaduke. The Lions will host conference rival Tuckerman Thursday afternoon before closing the week with a non-conference game against Westside Friday afternoon in Jonesboro.

In softball action, the Lady Lions edged Harrisburg 4-2 Thursday afternoon. Freshman Kristen Wise belted a triple while going 2-3 at the plate to lead Manila offensively. Kimberly Wise also had two hits with a pair of stolen bases while Brooke Hill added an RBI triple. Kimberly Wise went the distance on the mound to pick up the victory. Wise, who improved to 4-2 on the year, gave up five hits while allowing only one earned run.

Manila improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in 3A-3 conference play.

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