Lions continue winning ways in conference play

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Manila improved its 3A-3 conference record to 4-1, picking up a pair of league wins over Corning and Osceola last week. The Lions defeated the Bobcats 7-3 Tuesday afternoon at Corning before knocking off the Seminoles 12-5 Thursday afternoon at Osceola.

Manila scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to break a 3-3 deadlock as the Lions defeated Corning Monday afternoon. Brett Sweatman picked up the win over the Bobcats, improving to 2-1 on the season. Sweatman pitched six innings, allowing three runs, seven hits while striking out four and walking one. Hunter Dodd pitched a scoreless seventh inning, allowing a hit and a walk.

The Lions took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Alex Richard doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Caleb Reinhart. Corning tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Tayton Smith. Manila scored twice in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead. Sweatman belted a run scoring double while Jacob Shumate added a run scoring single to account for the Lion runs. The Bobcats evened things in the bottom of the inning when Will Scoby delivered a two-run single.

Manila's four-run seventh inning game winning rally was highlighted by Sweatman's RBI double. Sweatman finished the day 2-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Joel Burrow had a pair of singles, an RBI and a stolen base.

Richard finished the day 2-3 and scored twice. Hunter Dodd had a pair of hits, scored twice and stole a base. Kyle Joyner and Zac Dearin added singles.


Gavin Parker gained the win in Manila's victory over Osceola. Parker pitched four innings, allowing four runs, six hits while striking out three and issuing two walks. Dodd finished the game for the Lions, pitching three innings, allowing one run on just two hits. Dodd fanned five and walked a pair.

Manila grabbed a 1-0 lead after the first inning before scoring three times in the second to take a 4-0 lead. The Seminoles put a run on the board in the bottom of the second, but the Lions answered with a run in the top of the third and two more in the top of the fourth to increase their lead to 7-1. Osceola rallied with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull to within 7-4, but the Lions came right back with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth to take a 10-4 lead. Osceola scored a run in the bottom of the fifth before Manila finished off the scoring with a two-spot in the top of the seventh. Manila was aided by eight Seminole walks.

Richard led Manila at the plate, going 3-4 with an RBI. Richard scored three runs and added a stolen base. Reinhart and Sweatman added two hits apiece while both driving in a pair of runs. Seth Grissom singled, scored three runs and swiped a pair of bases. Shumate had a single with a pair of runs scored and a stolen base while Burrow added a single with a run scored and one steal. Joyner scored three times and stole a base while Logan Hamilton added a pair of RBI and two stolen bases.

Manila will play host to Corning in a 4:30 3A-3 conference game Monday afternoon. The Lions travel to Piggott Tuesday before returning home for a Thursday afternoon matchup against Osceola. Manila closes the week with a nonconference contest at East Poinsett County.

Lady Lions

Piggott thumped Manila 10-1 in 3A-3 softball action Tuesday afternoon on the road. The Lady Mohawks scored six runs in the first inning and tacked on four more in the second, never looking back.

Grayson Murray belted an RBI triple, highlighting Piggott's big first inning, while Makalia Beck's two-run double was the big blow in the Lady Mohawk second. Devyn Staples earned the victory for Piggott.

Manila scored its lone run in the top of the first on an RBI single by Lauren Woody, scoring Taylor Hampton, who led off the game with a base hit.

Jordyn Wheeler paced the Lady Lions at the plate, going 3-3. Hampton and Mackenzie Tate both laced a pair of singles while Woody and Jill Helton added a hit apiece.

Wheeler took the loss on the mound, working four innings, allowing 10 runs and 11 hits. The sophomore right hander fanned four and walked three.

Manila returns to action Monday afternoon, hosting Trumann in a nonconference game. The Lady Lions will take to the road Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for a pair of 3A-3 conference matchups against Corning and Hoxie.

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