Magnolia Knocks Knights Out of Tournament
Game two on the night was a nightmare for Tyler Consolidated as the Blue Eagles got things going early putting four runs on the board in the first and adding two more in the second for a quick 6-0 lead. The Silver Knights failed to plate a run in the game and Magnolia added seven more over the next three innings to take a 13-0 mercy rule five inning win and claim the sectional championship.
“Coach West and I couldn’t be any more prouder of this team. They stuck together all season through thick and thin. We won 20 games this season and that speaks for itself, tonight just wasn’t our night and I feel real bad for our seniors. These kids love to play and they hate to lose, you can see that in their demeanor after the loss. However we are good sports and the kids showed that by being gracious in defeat. Magnolia has a nice team and we wish them the best. It’s unfortunate for us but we will be back next year with a nice nucleus of players, we will miss Vanessa (Templeton) and Madison (West) and replacing two players like them will be hard but we will carry on, ” said Coach Samantha Livingston
After defeating Ritchie County and Magnolia last week in the opening round of the double elimination Section 1, Region 11, softball tournament, the Silver Knights were in the drivers seat sitting with a 20-9 record and playing at home once again against the Blue Eagles.
With a 7-2 win over Magnolia on Thursday, May 11, things looked good for the Knights as the invading Eagles would have to win two straight to advance. The Silver Knights started strong in game one when sophomore standout JoLee Walton stepped to the plate with one on and nobody out and blasted one over the left field fence to give the Knights a 2-0 second innings lead. The Blue Eagles set down the next three batters.
Magnolia picked up a run in the third to draw to within one and then shut the Knights out in the fourth while adding two more for a 3-2 advantage. Magnolia managed another run in the sixthwhile holding the Knights empty and then added the game killers in the seventh, putting three runs on the board for a 7-2 lead heading into the last bat for the Knights.
The Knights got things going in the seventh with a two run inning but it was to little to late and the Blue Eagles forced a game two with a 7-4 victory.