NEW MARTINSVILLE - After picking up a hard-fought 13-inning victory against Wheeling Central on Tuesday, Magnolia coach Mark Batton had no problem watching his Blue Eagles softball team make quick and easy work of arch-rival Tyler Consolidated on Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore standout Mallory Chapman spun a no-hitter, fanning seven and walking two, while senior Makenzie Dawson singled twice and plated three runs as Magnolia blasted the Silver Knights, 10-0, at Hydro Field.
The victory moves Batton's unbeaten squad to 6-0 on the young campaign with a trip to sectional rival Weir High on the slate this afternoon.
While nobody could have blamed the Eagles for being a little tired after Tuesday's emotional victory, it didn't take them long to get the bats going in the bottom of the first yesterday.
Senior Marissa Bosley got things going with a rope down the third base line for a double before Dallas Mullet reached on a fielder's choice. Chapman followed with her first of two hits and two RBI for a quick 1-0 lead.
Tori Tharp's sacrifice fly made it 2-0 before Jordan Babe singled in a run and Dawson ripped a two-out, two-run single for a 5-0 advantage.
With the top of the order starting things off again in the second, Big Blue was able to send eight more to the plate and tally four more runs. The frame was highlighted by Chapman's second run-scoring single while Emily Blake and Babe chased home runs on fielder's choices for a 9-0 advantage.
After Batton elected to pinch-hit for his top three hitters in the third, Magnolia put it away in the fourth thanks to three Tyler Consolidated errors and Dawson's RBI single that send the teams into hand-shaking mode.
"I felt like we could come out a little weary after a long, emotional game against Central on Tuesday," Batton admitted. "But I was very encouraged how the girls got it going early at the plate and on the bases.
"And Mallory (Chapman) did a very nice job in the circle also. I am not totally happy with everything just yet, but I sure do like how things have been going.
"There are still a few things to work on, and we have to continue to limit our mistakes, but when you put the ball into play good things normally happen and we have been doing that.
"It is also nice to get a win in a rivalry game against a team like Tyler. We play them in the sectional, so it is a good thing to get a win or two over them during the year and build confidence. It is also just a great rivalry with a whole lot of good sportsmanship."
Chapman, Bosley, Dawson and Cassadi Wells all had a pair of hits for the winners. Chapman did walk two in the contest, however, the Blue Eagle defense did not commit a mistake on the day.