Lions hammer Osceola 11-1, drop games to Corning and Piggott

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Lion catcher Alex Richard makes a grab of a foul ball in high school baseball action Monday afternoon at Manila.

Manila rebounded from two losses early in the week to route Osceola 11-1 Thursday afternoon at home. The Lions, now 5-3 in 3A-3 conference play, scored three runs in the first and two more in the second before adding three-spots in both the fourth and fifth innings in Manila's five inning victory over the Seminoles.

Manila out-hit Osceola 17-2, led by seniors Kyle Joyner and Caleb Reinhart, who both had three knocks apiece. Joyner scored three times, stole a pair of bases and added an RBI while Reinhart scored twice, stole two bases and tacked on an RBI while belting a pair of doubles.

Logan Hamilton went 2-4 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Brett Sweatman singled twice and drove in two runs. Alex Richard had a pair of hits, scored a run and stole a base. Jacob Shumate singled, doubled and drove in a run while Seth Grissom went 2-2 with three stolen bases and two runs scored. Joel Burrow singled and scored once while Zac Dearin scored once and stole two bases.

Manila right-hander Hunter Dodd uncorks a pitch in Monday afternoon's 3A-3 conference baseball game against Corning.

Sweatman earned the victory, pitching all five innings, allowing one earned run. Sweatman gave up two hits, fanned five and walked three batters. Duncan Jones took the loss for Osceola.

Manila began the week, dropping a 13-0 decision at home to Corning. The Bobcats scored eight times in the second inning and tacked on five more runs in the fifth to put the Lions away. Corning out-hit Manila 9-1. The Lions hurt themselves, committing five errors on the afternoon.

Reinhart had Manila's only hit, a single in the fourth inning. Sweatman suffered the loss, going two innings, giving up eight runs, none of which were earned. Sweatman allowed four hits, walked two and fanned three batters. Hunter Dodd pitched an inning and a third, allowing one run and two hits while walking a batter. Burrow pitched an inning and two thirds, giving up four runs and three hits. Burrow walked one and struck out a batter. Mason Silberstein gained the victory for Corning.

Piggott scored the game winner in the bottom of the seventh inning to squeeze past Manila 3-2 Tuesday at Piggott. The Mohawks took a 2-0 lead after the first inning but Manila drew even, scoring single runs in the fourth and seventh.

Alex Richard scored Manila's run in the fourth. The Lion catcher walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and raced home on Brett Fuller's second wild pitch of the inning. Manila scored their run in the seventh on a bases loaded walk.

Sweatman doubled while Dearin singled for Manila's only two hits of the game. The Lions had two runners thrown out at the plate.

Dodd went the distance to take the loss. Dodd allowed three earned runs on eight hits, struck out four and walked a batter. Fuller earned the win for the Mohawks.

Manila closes out the regular season with a pair of conference games against Rivercrest and Hoxie before beginning 3A-3 district tournament play Thursday at Piggott.

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