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BASEBALL: Rain Halts Battle of Cisars

Father had big lead on son when lightning struck, 8-0

April 17, 2013
By TONY VIOLA, Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

NEW MARTINSVILLE -Going into Tuesday's game against Union Local, Magnolia coach Dave Cisar wanted to accomplish two things.

First and foremost, he wanted to make sure the Blue Eagles won their 12th straight contest. Second, he wanted to be the only Cisar to walk off the field with a victory.

However, mother nature had other plans for the father and son head coaches.

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Magnolia’s Chase Miller slides safely into third while UL’s Shane Kinney waits on the throw.

Lightning struck in the top of the fifth inning and the rain soon followed as the game had to be postponed with Magnolia leading 8-0 until May 1.

''Mark Cisar is probably my best friend in my life,'' father Dave Cisar said. ''This is kind of wonderful. When you root for your son your whole life, then you get to play against him. ... I wanted to skin him. I wanted to skin his butt pretty good tonight. We were in that process.''

The Blue Eagles (15-1) certainly were as Ryan Walton led off the game with a hit and scored the first run after a Tanner Hanna groundout.

Magnolia added two more runs in the first as Chase Miller drove in Chandler Sapp and Kyle Elliott. Miller then scored a run of his own in the third to make it 4-0.

Things didn't get better for the Jets (4-8) as the Blue Eagles used a four-hit, four-run fourth inning to take full control.

Tristan Bruce was facing a 2-2 count with two outs when lightning struck in the top of the fifth.

''If we get 10 runs, the game's over,'' Dave Cisar said. ''Wish we would have got the game in, but the safety of kids comes first. It comes first, second and third. The umpires said we're going to wait, and I'd rather wait than be sorry.''

The Blue Eagles finished with eight hits, and at least one knock in every inning played.

''We played real well,'' Dave Cisar said. ''We swung the bat real well. We hustled. We fielded the ball real well. We were enthusiastic. The pitcher threw well, too. This is as good as we played for a while. We were sharp in every facet of the game.''

Sapp was also light outs on the mound as the senior only allowed two hits.

''Last week we played six games in a week and the week before we played six games, but I would rather play a game every day than practice every day or every other day,'' Dave Cisar noted. ''When you play every day you get into a rhythm. We're pretty consistent with what we're doing.''

On the other side of the field, Mark Cisar was also dealing with his team's own kind of consistency.

''It's the same problems we've had all year long,'' he said. ''We can't field and make the routine play. We're not doing a good job with the bats. We get behind early instead of hitting fast balls early in the count. We hit a couple balls hard tonight, but not enough.

''But guess what, if you can field the ball and hit the ball, you're going to do some good things. Right now, we're struggling with both.''

Mark Cisar, however, was still excited to go head to head with his dad.

''It's fun. It's really enjoyable,'' he said. ''There's a lot of intensity. (I) had a lot of good memories (at Magnolia). You never forget where you came from or what you were taught.

''This is my first as a head coach, but as an assistant, (it's been) several times. Last year was the first time he got me.''

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