Lions gear up for district tournament with winning week

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Manila put together a solid week on the diamond, completing a three game sweep with victories over Hoxie, Piggott and Armorel. The Lions roared past Hoxie 15-3 Monday afternoon at home, defeated Piggott 13-6 Tuesday afternoon on the road before downing Armorel 9-2 Friday afternoon at Manila.

Shaun Scoggins evened his record at 4-4 with four shutout innings of work in Manila's victory over Hoxie. Scoggins gave up just two hits while striking out three Mustangs.Brett Sweatman closed the game out, working one inning, allowing three unearned runs while striking out one batter.

Manila scored in every inning, getting two in the first, four in the second, one in the third, five in the fourth and three in the fifth, in building a 15-0 lead.

Caleb Reinhart had a big day at the plate, going 3-3, including a double and a triple. Reinhart finished with four RBI and reached base on all five of his plate appearances. Jay Kulin went 2-4, including a bases loaded double, while driving in three runs. Kyle Joyner went 2-3 with a pair of RBI and scored a run. Jordan Goff had an RBI single and scored once. Sweatman singled and scored twice. Zac Riley scored three runs while Scoggins and Dillon May crossed the plate twice apiece. Seth Grissom added an RBI.

Zac Riley improved to 3-0 on the season, pitching the Lions past Piggott. Riley worked five and 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on four hits. The senior right hander struck out 11 Mohawks and issued seven walks. Shaun Scoggins finished up on the mound, working the final inning and a third, allowing just one hit while striking out four batters.

Piggott grabbed a 1-0 lead after three innings, before the Lions scored twice in the top of the fourth to take a one run lead. Manila tacked on three more in the fifth to go ahead 5-1, before watching the Mohawks put together a four run rally in the bottom of the inning to tie the score 5-5. The Lions blew the game open in the top of the sixth, scoring eight runs.

Manila, which banged out 12 hits on the day, was led by Scoggins who clubbed two doubles while going 3-4 on the day. Scoggins finished with two RBI and two runs scored. Jordan Goff singled, doubled, drove in three runs and scored once, while Riley also singled and doubled with two RBI and one run scored. Caleb Reinhart had a pair of hits, scored three times and drove in a run. Dillon May singled twice with an RBI and two runs scored while Brett Sweatman went 1-3 with an RBI and a run. Kyle Joyner scored twice while Seth Grissom scored one run.

Mason Rahn suffered the loss for Piggott. Brett Fuller blasted a two-run homer in the Mohawks' four run fifth inning. Austin Murray went 2-2 with a pair of RBI and a run scored while Derrick Cook had a two-run single.

The Lions closed the week with a non-conference victory over Armorel. Brett Sweatman (1-0) fired a complete game, six-hitter, allowing no earned runs. Sweatman fanned two and walked two.

The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in the opening inning and went up 2-0 entering the bottom of the third. Manila put together a four-run rally in their half of the third, highlighted by Zac Riley's RBI single. Manila tacked on two more runs in the fifth before adding a three spot in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Caleb Reinhart went 2-3, including a double and two RBI. Reinhart also scored three times. Riley finished the day with an RBI double and two runs scored. Sweatman helped his own cause with a two-run single while Jay Kulin had an RBI single and scored once. Jordan Goff and Dillon May both singled and scored one run apiece while Seth Grissom also had a hit.

Manila (11-7, 7-3) is scheduled to close out the regular season Tuesday afternoon against Harrisburg in a crucial 3A-3 conference game.

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