Magnolia Wins Matt Boggs Wooden Bat Classic Title

Gamble Strikes Out 12 for Blue Eagles

Photo by Cody Tomer Magnolia’s Mason Bennett slides safely into third during Saturday’s Matt Boggs Wooden Bat Championship at Tyler Consolidated.

SISTERSVILLE– There is no better place to celebrate the life of the late Matt Boggs than the spot he loved the most — the ballfield of Tyler Consolidated.

On Saturday, the 3rd Annual Matt Boggs Wooden Bat Classic Championship took place in his honor and for the first time, Coach Dave Cisar’s Magnolia Blue Eagles (4-9) walked away with a 5-2 win over Tyler Consolidated..

After watching the Silver Knights (8-5) win the tournament in its first two seasons, it was an honor for Dave Cisar and his team to win a tournament dedicated to Boggs.

“When I think of Matt Boggs, I think of my son Ryan,” Cisar said. “They both lost their lives around the same time.

“But also knowing the Boggs family, it’s an honor for me to come here and talk to Mr. Boggs (Matt’s father) and just enjoy two of the most wonderful days in his honor. It’s nice to win the game but the function of this game is for memory and my heart goes out to the Boggs family.”

The Blue Eagles received a dominant pitching performance from pitcher Jake Gamble, who kept the Knights off balance by mixing up his fastball and curveball.

The junior finished with 12 strikeouts and four walks, while allowing just two hits.

“I had good jump on my fastball and the curve was going good, too,” Gamble said. “I kept shaking off and shaking off to try to mix hitters up and then I felt like I could get in there and strike them out.”

Gamble struck out the side in both the first and fourth innings and his first five outs of the game came via the strikeout.

In four of the six innings he tossed, Gamble left a Tyler runner stranded in scoring position.

“I just tried to stay composed and get the batter at the plate,” Gamble said. “It’s taken a lot of practice. I work with (John Marshall coach) Mark Cisar a lot. Coach (Vance) Ash and Coach (Dave) Cisar keep me humble out there and tell me to get my release point, get my leg down and drive through.”

Tyler coach Rob Jones was impressed with Gamble’s performance.

“You have to tip your cap to Jake Gamble,” Jones said. “He really kept us off balance and he worked ahead in the count. He did all the things you teach your starting pitcher to do.

“Tip your cap to Magnolia, too. We always respect Dave Cisar and his program.”

Cisar has been wanting to let more of his players see time on the field. They didn’t let him down.

Brady Renner, in his second start of the season, delivered the game’s biggest hit with a two-run single past a diving Creed Ammons in the fourth inning.

In a pinch-hitting role, Charles Taylor picked up a RBI fielder’s choice in the fifth to extend the Eagles’ cushion to 4-0.

“I told the kids that we want to get as many kids in as we can in certain situations,” Cisar said. “All we wanted Taylor to do was make contact and he did a great job and we had a freshman (Renner) get a big two-run hit.”

Magnolia’s first run came in the first after Pat Mirandy laced a triple to deep left-center to lead off the game. He scored on a RBI ground out by Silas McKeever.

Eli Nice single handily plated the fifth and final run for Magnolia as he was hit by a pitch, stole second–drawing two errand throws that allowed him to score all the way from first.

Magnolia stole six bases and did not commit an error.

“This is a big win for us,” Cisar said. “We stole bases, swung the bat well and fielded the ball well in the infield. We’re going in the right direction.”

The Silver Knights’ Tyler West was sharp in a complete game effort as he struck out four and walked three.

He also drew a walk, hustled his way to third on a ground ball back to the pitcher and scored on a passed ball. Tyler added another run in the seventh on an infield RBI single from Jake Rice.

“This was a tough loss,” Jones said. “We’re now 5-1 in the Matt Boggs Wooden Bat Tournament. Matt was a catcher here at Tyler and was a two-sport athlete. Everyone knew him. He was a very successful and caring person with a nice family and we want to continue to honor him and he is very deserving of that.”

Consolation Game

Paden City 9, Frontier 2

Matt Saxon fired 13 strikeouts in six innings to earn the win and lift Paden City over Frontier in the Matt Boggs Wooden Bat Classic consolation game.

Trey Slider roped four hits and drove in two for the Wildcats (12-8). Clayton Thomas delivered a single, a triple and a RBI, Alec Chaplin plated two and Ryan Cross had a RBI.

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