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April 13, 2014

North Marion’s rally falls short

FAIRMONT — North Marion had all the pieces in place for a thrilling come-from-behind victory Saturday afternoon.

The four runs in the bottom of the seventh. The tying runner on third and the Huskies’ fastest player on second. Even the clear-blue sky on the mid-70s afternoon was the perfect stage for a comeback.

But with two outs, the Huskies fell a bang-bang play short of tying the game — a base hit away from winning it all.

“I just wanted a base hit right there,” said North Marion coach Vic Seccuro. “That would have been a heck of a celebration, wouldn’t it?”

It sure would have been.

As it was, Cody Opron was called out at first base in a 7-6 loss to Magnolia at North Marion High School. In place of the celebration, the Huskies (3-5) slunk out to right field, disappointed after their second late-inning rally in three days fell short.

The Huskies started the rally down 7-2 at the top of their lineup. By the time the final out was recorded, all nine batters had gone to the plate, and Magnolia had exhausted three different pitchers.

“I’m proud of the kids, but I can’t keep telling them I’m proud of them when we lose,” said Seccuro. “That doesn’t send a very good message.”

The Huskies went ahead in the first inning when Travis Smith doubled and Keegun McCullough knocked him in.

After Magnolia scored a run in the second inning and two in the third to take the lead, North Marion cut it to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth when Angelo Bombardiere walked and scored on a wild pitch.

But instead of looking at the runs that were scored, Seccuro was concerned with the nine runners the Huskies left on base, six of whom were in scoring position.

“We came up short in one of those situations,” he said. “We’ve got to score there. If we score there, it’s a little different situation.”

In addition to Smith’s double and McCullough’s single, Matt Hawkins doubled, and Ryan Jolliffe and Cole Richards singled for a total of six hits off Magnolia’s Chase Miller.

His counterpart on the mound, Quinton Hill, went five and 1/3 innings, struck out five, allowed eight hits and six runs (five earned).

Seccuro said overall he was pleased with his right-hander’s performance. He said that the Huskies need to cut down on a couple of errors that extended innings and got them into an early hole.

“I felt we spotted them a few runs here and there,” he said. “We made a couple of mistakes and that makes you have to fight to come back, which we almost did.”

The Huskies return to action Monday with a double-header at Buckhannon-Upshur.

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

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