NEW MARTINSVILLE - Magnolia baseball coach Dave Cisar is still working on finding an identity for his team.
Through six games, the Blue Eagles have had their ups and downs, but the veteran coach knows his team is on the right path.
''I just don't know what our identity is yet,'' Cisar said. ''We're like the blind guy. We can't see the finish line, but I think we know we've got these kids going in the right direction.''
The Blue Eagles continued down that path Thursday as they topped Cameron, 10-1, behind a solid performance from pitcher Jake Starkey.
The senior finished with eight strikeouts and issued a single walk. Of his 82 pitches, 40 were for strikes.
''Starkey threw the ball over the plate,'' Cisar said. ''He wasn't blazing fast, but his control was pretty good and he moved it around a little bit. Other than a boot here and there, we played pretty well.''
Tyler Anderson got the Blue Eagles offense going in the second as he was able to score on an error by the shortstop. Senior Zack Willhoite followed that up with a double into deep left field that drove in Brandon Mason, Chase Miller and Grant Cain to give Magnolia (4-2) and early 4-0 lead.
''If Willhoite doesn't jump at the pitch,'' Cisar noted, ''he's maybe the greatest hitter in the valley.''
Cain kept the offense rolling in the third when he hit a two-run double to extend the lead to 7-0 and then scored on another Willhoite hit.
''Grant Cain is hot as a fire cracker,'' Cisar said. ''He's swinging the bat. The last three games, he's hit everything.''
Satisfied with the 8-0 lead, Cisar began substituting in his younger kids as a total of 16 Magnolia players finished with at least one at-bat.
''We're real happy that we played our starters for three or four innings,'' Cisar said. ''They played solid. It isn't going to do anything for us to come and try to humiliate Cameron right now.
''Our younger kids didn't do bad, but they didn't do real good, though. At least we gave them some experience. Our team is still young. We lost four great players from last season.''
First-year Cameron coach Rich Moffo already knows what it feels like to lose players.
Wednesday night, he lost his center fielder for the season when he broke his fibula sliding into home. On top of that, his shortstop hasn't seen much playing time due to a leg injury of his own.
''We can play with any team,'' Moffo said. ''We're young (Cameron starts six freshmen). We just can't make mistakes. Our B game can't beat other team's A game. Our A game can beat other team's A game. We just haven't had too many A games.''
The Dragons (3-6) scored their lone run when Logan Routt doubled to right field to drive in Michael Starcher to make it 8-1 with no outs in the sixth.
With two runners in scoring position, Starkey regained his composure and retired the next three batters.
''He had a very nice performance,'' Moffo said. ''I gave him the game ball. I stole it off the mound and I gave it to him. He deserved it. He had a wonderful game. Good looking pitcher. I expect him to go to college somewhere and play. I hope he does. He looks like he could do it.''
Cain picked up his third RBI in the bottom of the inning as he drove in Tanner McAdams to make it 10-1.
''We had a couple kids take a swing and I'm happy about that,'' Cisar said. ''We've won two in a row, and I'm happy about that, too.''