Lions split with Colts
Manila split a pair of conference games last week with Rivercrest, defeating the Colts 10-3 Monday afternoon on the road before dropping a 15-9 decision Tuesday afternoon at home. The split leaves the Lions one game behind Rivercrest in the 3A-3 conference baseball standings.
Brady Jones improved to a perfect 4-0 on the year in pitching Manila past Rivercrest in Monday afternoon's contest. Jones, who worked 6 2/3 innings, fanned 11 Colts while scattering nine hits on the day. The senior right hander issued five walks and gave up three earned runs. Shaun Scoggins worked a third of an inning to finish up the game.
Zach Reinhart belted a pair of doubles on his way to a four hit performance to lead the Lion offense. Reinhart drove in three runs and scored twice. Jordan Goff had a pair of hits and drove in two runs. Goff also scored twice and stole a base. Zac Riley had two singles and an RBI, scored a run and stole two bases, Nick Carmichael had an RBI double while Will Croquart had an RBI single. Jones scored a pair of runs while Alex Richard and Landon Woody also crossed the plate once apiece.
Manila jumped on top with three runs in the first, highlighted by Carmichael's ringing RBI double. The Lions tacked on a run in the second to take a 4-2 lead after the Colts had pulled to within a run, scoring twice in the top of the second. Manila tacked on two more runs in the third and added a solo tally in the fourth. The Lions closed out their scoring with a three-run fifth inning.
Rivercrest put together a big seven-run sixth inning and added five more in the seventh to overcome a 9-3 deficit in the Colts' come-from-behind win Tuesday afternoon at Manila. Rivercrest scored all seven of its sixth inning runs after two were out, highlighted by Mike Sellers' grand slam home run. Sellers finished the day 2-4 with five RBI. Sellers also picked up the win, working five innings, allowing seven hits and nine earned runs to go along with five strikeouts and three walks. Joe McLemore worked the final two innings to pick up the save.
Zach Reinhart suffered the loss to fall to 1-3 on the season. Reinhart went six innings, giving up 11 runs, all earned, and surrendered nine hits. Reinhart fanned six and issued five walks.
Jones led the Lions at the plate, slamming a three-run homer. Jones also had a double and a pair of singles in a perfect 4-4 afternoon at the plate. Zach Reinhart had a two-run single and scored a run. Carmichael had an RBI single and scored a run while Riley added a hit and a run scored. Croquart and Woody both had an RBI and scored a run while Richard added an RBI.
The Colts grabbed an early 3-0 lead after the first inning before the Lions rallied behind Jones' three-run shot to take a 5-3 lead after three. Manila added four more runs in the fifth to take a seemingly safe 9-3 cushion before Rivercrest rallied to pull out the win.
Manila (6-4, 4-2 3A-3) dropped a 13-5 non-conference decision Wednesday afternoon to Walnut Ridge. Ryan Vaughn went six innings to pick up the win for the Bobcats. Lane Kennedy banged out three hits and drove in three runs while Zach Crisler added three hits and a pair of RBI to lead the Bobcat offense.
Walnut Ridge took a 2-0 lead after the first inning before Manila scored single runs in the second and third to tie the game 2-2. The Bobcats grabbed the lead for good with a run in the fourth, before blowing the game open, scoring six times in the fifth inning and adding four more runs for good measure in the sixth.
Scoggins (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up eight earned runs and eight hits. Scoggins fanned five and walked a pair. Croquart went the final 1 2/3 innings, surrendering five hits and three earned runs. Croquart struck out one and walked one.
Caleb Reinhart led the Lions with a pair of hits and an RBI. Reinhart also stole a base. Jones and Carmichael both singled, scored a run and stole a base. Zach Reinhart and Richard added singles.
Manila returns to the diamond Monday afternoon for a conference battle at home against Piggott. The Lions will travel to Brookland Tuesday afternoon before an off day Wednesday. Manila will close the week with road trips to Osceola and Trumann Thursday and Friday afternoons.