Lions drop three of four on baseball diamond

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
An unidentified Brookland batter hits a dribbler in front of the plate as Lion catcher Jay Qulin prepares to pounce on the ball during nonconference baseball action Saturday afternoon.

Manila produced plenty of offense last week on the diamond, scoring 31 runs in four games, but managed just one victory due to defensive miscues in three Lion losses.

Manila began the week dropping an 8-5 decision to Corning in a 3A-3 conference matchup Tuesday afternoon at home. The two rivals scored three runs each in both the third and fifth innings before the Bobcats grabbed the lead for good, adding a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. Corning tacked on an insurance run in the seventh and held on for an important league victory.

Dustin Caudle picked up the win for Corning while Shaun Scoggins suffered the loss for Manila. The Lion lefty (3-3) pitched five innings, giving up five runs, only one earned. Scoggins walked two and fanned four Bobcats. Zac Riley finished up for Manila, throwing two innings, surrendering three unearned runs. The senior right hander allowed two hits, walked four and struck out one.

Manila's Zac Riley follows through from the mound during the Lions' 10-7 loss Saturday afternoon at Brookland.

Jordan Goff went 2-3, drove in three runs and scored once, while Caleb Reinhart had a pair of singles and scored twice to lead the Manila offense. Jay Kulin delivered a two-run triple. Riley bashed a double and scored once while Scoggins added a base hit.

The Lions hosted East Poinsett County Wednesday afternoon and dropped a 13-9 non-conference battle to the Warriors. Clay Malone went the distance to gain the win for EPC, despite surrendering nine earned runs and nine hits on the day. The sophomore struck out five and walked four. Gavin Parker took the loss for the Lions, pitching five innings. Parker allowed 11 runs, only two of which were earned, gave up seven hits and issued six walks. Hunter Dodd worked one inning, striking out one and walking a batter. Brett Sweatman pitched one inning, allowing two hits and two earned runs.

EPC took a 3-0 lead after the top of the first, only to see the Lions rally, scoring four times in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 edge. The Warriors answered with two runs in the second and a single run in the third to regain the lead, 6-4. Manila picked up a run in their half of the third, but EPC scored three runs in the fourth and added two more runs in the fifth to take an 11-5 advantage entering the sixth inning. The Lions rallied with four runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull to within 11-9, but EPC tallied two in the top of the seventh and shut down Manila in the bottom of the inning to hang on for the win.

Aaron Scales paced the Warriors, going 3-5 with two RBI, stole four bases and scored three runs. Kyle Harbin had a pair of hits and three RBI. Hayden Allen went 2-3 with an RBI while Chance Gray had a pair of hits and scored a run. Corbin Truelove scored four runs while McKenzie Betts and Clay Malone drove in two runs apiece.

Jordan Goff went 2-4, drove in two runs and scored once for the Lions. Manila also got two hits and one RBI each from Zac Riley, Caleb Reinhart and Brett Sweatman. Dylan May added a two-run double and scored twice.

The Lions bounced back Thursday afternoon, shutting out Piggott 10-0 behind the four hit performance of Jay Kulin. Kulin fanned five and walked two batters on the afternoon. Celestin Haywood suffered the loss for the Mohawks.

Manila jumped on top, scoring five runs in the first inning. The Lions added four runs in the fourth and finished off the game with a single run in the sixth.

Zac Riley belted a two-run homer in the first inning and finished the day 2-3 with three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Lion attack. Jordan Goff laced a pair of doubles and drove in two runs while scoring once. Jay Kulin helped his own cause with a two-run double in the opening inning. Dylan May doubled and scored a run, Seth Grissom had an RBI single and scored once while Shaun Scoggins singled and crossed the plate twice. Caleb Reinhart added an RBI and scored one run.

Manila finished the week, dropping a 10-7 decision Saturday afternoon at Brookland. The Lions led 7-2 but saw the Bearcats rally in the late innings, scoring eight unearned runs for the comeback victory.

The Lady Lions dropped three softball games during the week, losing 11-1 Thursday afternoon at Piggott before falling in a twinbill Friday afternoon to Rivercrest at home. The Lady Colts took the opener 5-1 and won the nightcap 6-1.

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