Lions gain State Baseball Tournament berth

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Manila punched its ticket to the 3A State Baseball Tournament next week in Harrison, pounding out a 19-5 victory over Flippin Friday afternoon.

Manila sent 13 batters to the plate in a 10-run fourth inning to break the game open. The Lions finished with 18 hits on the afternoon, including six batters with multiple hits.

Taylor Morgan (5-2) pitched six innings to earn the victory. Morgan allowed five runs while scattering seven hits. The senior right hander allowed only two earned runs while striking out nine with one walk.

Morgan led the Lions at the plate, going 4-6 with five RBIs and three runs scored. Morgan's big hit on the day was a grand slam homer in the Lion's 10-run fourth inning.

Tracey Reinhart went a perfect 4-4 at the plate with three doubles, two runs and two RBIs while younger brother Zach Reinhart went 2-4 with three RBIs. Blake Carr was 2-3 with a pair of RBIs. Jordan Goff went 2-2 with three runs scored and two RBIs while Nick Carmichael went 2-4 and scored three times.

The Lions were not as fortunate in the second round, losing to Tuckerman 5-4 Saturday afternoon. Manila held a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, but the Bulldogs tied the score on a two-run single by Cade Niswonger. Tuckerman picked up the winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Jeff Manuel led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on an errant pick off throw. Manuel scored on Zack McArthur's sacrifice fly. Zach Shipman (7-5) pitched the first six innings to pick up the victory for Tuckerman. Chase Gates pitched a scoreless seventh to gain the save.

The Lions (9-11) will play Rivercrest Monday afternoon at 2:00 for third place.

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