Manila cruises past Marmaduke, Tuckerman

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Manila held both Tuckerman and Marmaduke to only two runs apiece in picking up a pair of victories last week in high school baseball action.

The Lions began the week with an easy 16-2 victory at Marmaduke. Tray Malone belted four hits, including a home run, to lead the Lion's offensive attack. The senior also drove in five runs and scored three times.

Jared Hembrey had three hits while Zach Birmingham laced a pair of doubles and drove in four runs. Tracey Reinhart, Dillon Burrow and Jeremy Goff all picked up two hits apiece for the Lions.

Manila scored six runs in the third inning and came back with another five spot in the sixth to run rule the Greyhounds.

Blake Wheeler worked six strong innings to pick up the victory on the mound. The senior southpaw struck out six, walked four and gave up six hits while allowing only one earned run on the day.

Malone struck out nine batters in Manila's 12-2 thumping of Tuckerman Thursday afternoon at home. The senior right-hander gave up just one base hit while working all six innings to pick up the victory. Malone was a perfect 3-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.

Manila (9-5, 6-1 3A-3) also got a big day at the plate from Zach Birmingham who went 3-4 with three RBIs and a run scored. Blake Miller went 2-3 while Tracey Reinhart also had a pair of hits and an RBI. Taylor Morgan scored four runs on the day.

Manila returns to action Monday afternoon hosting Hoxie in a 3A-3 conference game at 3:30. The Lions will play a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Manila against Osceola before traveling to take on powerful Valley View Thursday afternoon in Jonesboro. Manila journeys to Lepanto Friday afternoon to take on East Poinsett County before closing the week with a Saturday afternoon twin-bill at Harrisburg.

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