MOUNDSVILLE - Just a day after dropping a 10-0 decision to Wheeling Central, Bishop Donahue had very little time to prepare what stood in front of them on Friday with Weirton Madonna paying a visit.
While Coach Bob Kleeh's Bishops looked good for a few innings, all it took was a disasterous fourth frame to do in his team.
The Blue Dons got aggressive, stealing five bases, and scoring six times in the fateful fourth inning while collecting 14 hits along the way in rolling to a 13-7 victory Donahue at the 12th Street fields.
Madonna had opened the Tim Provenzano era on Thursday with a hard-fought, 3-1, nine inning victory over city-rival Weir High.
"This was just our second game, but we did a nice job hitting the ball (Friday) and our pitchers have been coming through at the right times and throwing strikes," Provenzano said.
The visitors got it going early, receiving back-to-back one-out doubles. Will Bowser's bloop double to left field came two pitches before Luca Fuscardo's line drive shot to left-center that made it a quick 1-0 count.
But Donahue got a big shot of its own in the bottom of the frame following Brice Jones' lead-off single and an out. Hunter Kaschke then drilled a 1-2 pitch deep over the left field fence for a two-run homer and a 2-1 Bishops' lead.
Madonna got the lead for good in the third, and it all started with the dreaded lead off walk to the No. 9 hitter. A Caleb Baire single was followed by run-scoring base hits from Bowser and Ross Comis with a third run scoring due to an error and a 4-2 Blue Dons upper hand.
Again Donahue fought back in the home-half of the frame in an odd way. Jesse Padlow reached on an bang-bang infield single, that was debated by Madonna, before Kaschke was hit by a pitch.
Following a fielder's choice, Chaice Truex plated a run with a base hit up-the-middle, taking second on the throw to third. After Truex was picked-off at second by pitcher Nick Mazur, it looked like the Dons might get out of the inning with a two strike count on Lane LeMasters, who was then hit by a pitch.
With Kaschke still at third LeMasters stole second, with Kaschke easily racing home with the fourth, and tying tally on the throw to second.
The bottom of the order once again proved to be a problem for starting, and losing pitcher, Andrew Rush. A pair of one-out walks to the bottom two batters in the lineup set the stage for a six-run uprising. In all, Madonna sent 10 batters to the plate, had three singles, three walks, a hit batter and five stolen bases.
Baire and Comas each plated runs while Michael Rogers' two-out, two-run single capped the big inning.
"We have a very fast team and our goal is to take advantage of that as much as possible," Provenzano added. "I think we are playing good fundamental baseball and if we can continue to do that we will continue to win.
"The coaching staff has been putting a lot of emphasis on hitting and the kids have had a good mental approach at the plate."
The Bishops got one back in the fourth, however, they left the bases the loaded, something they managed to do again in the sixth.
Madonna all but put the finishing touches on things in the sixth, collecting five consecutive hits, including a big run-scoring triple by Fuscardo that made it a 13-5 count. Donahue added a pair in the bottom of the frame.
"We started throwing the ball around a little bit in that fourth inning," Kleeh admitted. "But the big problem has been that our pitchers are falling behind 2-0, 3-1 in the count.
"Madonna is so good at the top of the order, you can't give them walks at the bottom and then turn it over to their best hitters. I would put their top four up against any in the Valley.
"If we are going to be successful our pitchers have to get in the right counts. But we had chances (Friday) and just couldn't get that big hit, or gap shot when we needed it."
Wheeling Central 12
CAMERON - Logan Routt slammed three home runs and drove in four runs and picked up the win as Cameron picked up the victory.
Dalton Wood went 3 for 5 for the Dragons with a pair of doubles.
C.J. Burch had three hits for the Maroon Knights.
Magnolia 7, Paden City 6
PADEN CITY - Magnolia plated a run in the top of the seventh to complete a comeback and win its season opener Friday over previously unbeaten Paden City (2-1).
Zack Willhoite had three singles, a double and three runs batted in to lead the Blue Eagles.
Nick Priem had a double and drove in a run and Tyler Anderson had a single and a RBI.
Chase Miller picked up the win in relief of Willhoite.
Magnolia also managed to do something nobody else had done so far this season, as it stopped Zach Heasley's hitting streak at 10 straight to start the season.
Heasley had two singles and drove in a run. He is now 10 for 11 on the season.
Mike Wilcox had a single and drove in two runs.
Linsly 14, Weir 6
WEIRTON - Dylan Curtin doubled and singled and drove in a pair of runs and Jameson Murray also had two hits, including a double, in the Cadets victory.
Cody Enrietti had a two-run home run for Weir.
Wheeling, Ill. 13,
Georgetown Day 6
Orlando, Fla. - Brooke split a doubleheader at Disney World to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Russell Schwertfeger combined for five hits in the two games for Brooke.
Brooke plays again today in Orlando, taking on Wellington at 8 a.m.
Tyler Consolidated 8-12, Calhoun 6-2
KIDWELL - Stack Pole had a double, knocked in a run and scorerd three runs as Tyler Consolidated swept a doubleheder from Calhoun,
In the first game Austin Thompson went 3 for 4 with four RBI and Nathan heintzman knocked in a run.
Ritchie County 1
John Marshall 0
Moe Ray singled in the winning run in the fourth inning, the game's lone run, as Ritchie picked up the victory.
Alyssa Blake was the hardluck loser, striking out 10 with no walks for John Marshall.
Jackie Gellner had both of the Monarchs hits.
Paden City 2
NEW MARTINSVILLE - Davianne Croasmun had two hits and drove in two runs and Ashley Moore added a triple and a pair of RBI in the Blue Eagles' victory.
Mallory Chapman limited Paden City to a pair of hits and earned the win.
Taylor Kosper had a hit for the Wildcats and took the loss.