Lions gear up for District Tournament with pair of road wins

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Manila took two out of three 3A-3 conference baseball games while dropping a non-conference contest last week to see their record go to 12-6 overall and 9-3 in league play. The Lions began the week dropping a pair of one run decisions to Brookland and Hoxie at home. Manila bounced back with a pair of road wins, run-ruling Osceola before shutting out Piggott Saturday to end the week.

Brookland slipped by the Lions 8-7 in Manila's only non-conference game of the week. The Bearcats pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh to rally past the Lions, claiming the win.

Packer Colbert picked up the win for Brookland, while Kevin Hulett shut the door on the Lions in the seventh inning to earn the save. Tyler Cole had a pair of hits and two RBI while Hulett, Will Ballard, Derrick Love and Ryan Reeves all added two hits apiece.

Zach Reinhart suffered the loss for the Lions in relief. Reinhart surrendered two runs, one earned, while giving up three hits. Starting pitcher Brady Jones left after just 2/3 of an inning, allowing two earned runs, two hits and a hit batsman. Jones fanned one batter. Nick Carmichael pitched four 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, one earned. Carmichael scattered seven hits and struck out four Bearcats. Shaun Scoggins pitched an inning, giving up a run and three hits.

Zac Riley launched a three-run bomb in the first inning to give Manila a 3-2 lead after Brookland scored two runs in the top of the first. Riley finished the day with a pair of hits. Brookland tied the game in the top of the fourth and took a 5-3 lead, scoring two more runs in the fifth. The Lions answered with a three-spot in the bottom of the fifth to grab a 6-5 edge, before the Bearcats knotted the game 6-6 with a run in the sixth. Manila took a brief 7-6 lead with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning before Brookland scored two in the seventh to grab the win.

Jones had a pair of singles and scored twice while Caleb Reinhart also lashed a pair of hits, scored twice and stole a base. Zach Reinhart had a single, an RBI, scored a run and stole a base while Jordan Goff and Landon Woody both singled.

A throwing error in the top of the seventh led to two runs to propel Hoxie to a wild 10-9 win over the Lions Tuesday afternoon at Manila. Hoxie jumped to a 7-0 lead, scoring three runs in the first before adding four more in the third on Gunner Cook's grand slam homer. The Lions roared back with a seven run third inning to tie the game. The two teams swapped runs in the fourth before Manila went ahead 8-7 with a single tally in the bottom of the fifth.

Will Croquart took the loss for the Lions, pitching four innings in relief, allowing five runs, two earned. Croquart surrendered five hits while striking out seven Mustangs. Starting pitcher Zach Reinhart went two innings, giving up five earned runs. Reinhart gave up just one hit but walked six batters. Nick Carmichael pitched one inning, striking out a batter.

Caleb Reinhart rapped out three hits, drove in a pair of runs, stole two bases and scored a run. Jordan Goff had a single and an RBI double while scoring a run. Landon Woody had a pair of singles and scored twice. Dillon May had an RBI single and scored a run. Treston Dowell and Alex Richard both had RBIs on bases loaded walks while Carmichael added a single.

Never Parker added a pair of doubles and an RBI for the Mustangs.

Manila run ruled Osceola 12-2 Wednesday afternoon on the road. The Lions scored three in the first, highlighted by Brady Jones' two-run blast before adding seven more in the second to take a 10-1 lead. The Lions tacked on single runs in the third and fifth innings to close out the win.

Jones led the Lions, going 2-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Zach Reinhart had a pair of singles, scored three times and stole a base. Riley had a single and three RBI while scoring a run. Goff had an RBI single and scored a run. Richard doubled and scored a run while Carmichael and Trey Walker both singled and scored a run apiece.

Shaun Scoggins picked up the win to run his record to 2-1 on the year. Scoggins went five innings, giving up two earned runs on just three hits. Scoggins struck out nine Seminoles, hit a pair of batters and did not issue a walk.

Tristan Vaughn suffered the loss, but added a solo homer and a double for Osceola.

The Lions rode a strong pitching performance by Brady Jones to shutout Piggott 6-0 Saturday afternoon. Jones, who saw his record jump to 7-0 with the win, pitched seven innings, allowing just one hit while striking out 13 Mohawks. Jones helped his own cause, belting an RBI double.

Zach Reinhart had a pair of singles and two RBI, Goff went 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored, Richard had a pair of singles and scored once while Carmichael added a two-run single and scored a run.

Cole Malone had Piggott's only hit on the day.

The Lions are scheduled to play Trumann Monday afternoon at home in a non-conference game before closing out the regular season with a road trip to Riverside Wednesday afternoon.

Manila will begin district tournament play Thursday afternoon at Manila.

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