NEW MARTINSVILLE - Although the rain held off Monday night at the George S. Mullett Complex, the shorthanded Magnolia baseball team fell victim to some two-out lightning by visiting North Marion.
Snapping a five-game losing streak, the Huskies scored all of their runs with two outs on their way to an 8-4 victory against the Blue Eagles.
Coach Dave Cisar's hosts (8-5) were forced to play the game without three of their starters. Out with the flu were senior catcher Traeh Keller, junior outfielder Drew Goddard and sophomore pitcher/infielder Kyle Elliott.
Even though Magnolia came out on the short end of the scoreboard, Cisar was anything but disappointed by the way his team battled under such difficult circumstances.
''Everything about us, plus, plus, plus," the Blue Eagles veteran coach said. ''North Marion has a real nice team and they played very well against us. But I'm really happy with the way we played without three of our regulars. They had a lot of key two-out hits that really killed us and their defense was very strong.''
The Huskies (7-9) benefited from some solid pitching by right-hander Jake Streyle, who got better as the game went along.
In fact, when he set the Blue Eagles down in order during the seventh to close out the victory, Streyle appeared to be throwing harder than he did in the early innings.
''Jake definitely got stronger as the game went on," North Marion coach Vic Seccuro said. ''That was his first full game for us this year and I'm really proud of him. In most of his other starts, he only lasted two or three innings."
Streyle tossed a seven-hitter, walking three, but striking out four. Two of the strikeouts came in the last inning against the middle of the Magnolia lineup.
But it was the Huskies defense that helped control the Blue Eagles, especially the left side of the infield as shortstop Ryan Harbert and Maverick Myers gobbled up nearly everything hit their way and relied on their strong throwing arms to pick up some rally-killing outs at first base.
''This was just Myers' second game at third for us," Seccuro said. ''When Jake's not pitching, he's our third baseman."
Myers also hurt the Blue Eagles with a bat in his hands, stroking RBI singles in the second, fourth and sixth innings.
The North Marion offense also got a big blast from Austin Bland as he crushed a three-run homer with two outs in the first inning to put the visitors in front early.
Magnolia all-stater Justin Fox almost missed the game because of illness, but recovered in time to contribute with a sacrifice fly and a two-run homer to account for three of the Blue Eagles' RBI. The other was picked up by freshman Grant Cain, who started behind the plate in Keller's absence and came through with a run-scoring single.
Magnolia sophomore pitcher Tanner Hanna lasted just one inning, yielding three runs. Harbert opened the game with a first-pitch single to right. Then with two out, Hanna hit Streyle with a pitch and Bland connected for his three-run jack over the fence in left center.
The Blue Eagles made it 3-1 in the first as Matt Sapp walked and eventually scored on Fox's long sacrifice fly to left field.
North Marion bounced back with a run in the second inning against reliever Jordan Moore on two walks and Myers' first-run scoring single into right field. In the fourth, the Huskies scored three more times to go up 7-1. After the first two hitters had been retired, North Marion put together four straight singles, including RBI hits by Myers and Streyle. A passed ball scored the other run.
Fox, after just getting under Strayle pitches for deep fly outs his first two times up, jumped on a fast ball following a walk to Moore in the fourth and blasted a two-run homer that easily cleared the fence in left field.
North Marion made it an 8-4 game in the sixth as Troy Shook doubled and scored on Myers' third RBI hit. Drew Simmons's third hit of the day for the Blue Eagles, this one coming in the sixth inning, was followed by a wild pitch and Cain's RBI single into left to conclude the scoring.
The Blue Eagles will try to get back on a winning track today with a doubleheader on the home field. Cisar's team will play host to Wheeling Park at 5 p.m., followed by a makeup game against River.
Harrison Central 6
Buckeye Trail 0
CADIZ - Harrison Central's Nick Pelegreen struck out six, blanking Buckeye Trail.
Jake Snyder and Rashean Mitchell each had multiple hits for the Huskies (4-13).
Tyler Consolidated 3
KIDWELL - Coty Martin hit three singles, while Dalton Wells and Zach Knowlton each hit two, but Tyler Consolidated was no match for Williamstown.
St. Clairsville 11
Martins Ferry 1
ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Jared Clovis hit two singles and a double with an RBI in a St. Clairsville rout.
T.J. Silva drove in four runs with a single and a double, and Michael Androsko hit a double with two RBI for the Red Devils (10-3).
St. John 14, Paden City 11
PADEN CITY - St. John scored six runs in the sixth inning on its way to winning a high-scoring thriller vs. Paden City.
Bo Decoy hit a single with a home run, Travis Ogden hit a two singles, a double, a triple, and three RBI, and Cody Gillespie hit two doubles with three RBI for the Fighting Irish (4-12).
James Baker hit a double with three RBI and Jay Billiter hit two singles with two RBI for the Wildcats (4-16).
Linsly 9, Brooke 5
WELLSBURG - Dillon Williams hit two singles, a double, and two RBI, while Derek Miller also drove in two runs in leading Linsly.
The Bruins (6-12) were paced by Kyle Wales with a double and a grand slam home run, and Zack Hartman with a single and a solo shot.
Bishop Donahue 7
BRIDGEPORT - Bishop Donahue followed up its Class A championship with a blanking of Bridgeport behind two hits from Jordan Angalich and Kyle Gillis.
Steubenville 3, Toronto 2
TORONTO - Jordan Meyer earned a victory, striking out nine as Steubenville edged Toronto.
Darren Heatherington paced Big Red (15-0) with two singles.
Spenser Sninchak led the Red Knights (13-6) offense with a a single, double, and driving in both runs.
Edison 8, Weir 0
RICHMOND - Mark Smyth hit three singles, struck out 12 to lead an Edison shutout.
Greg Stagani hit two singles with two RBI for the Wildcats (13-3).
John Shaw hit a single and a double for the Red Riders.
BARNESVILLE - Ian Wells drove in three runs, while Nate Wehr and Mason Plumly each hit two singles as Barnesville knocked off the Class AA champs.
Shane Crum stuck out nine in a losing effort for the Zeps.