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Chesapeake combines pitching, hitting for big win

CHESAPEAKE - Coach Joe Waugh knows that one plus one equals a big win.

With Cody Methax giving a solid pitching effort and the Panthers banging out 11 hits, Chesapeake put together the two key elements of baseball as they beat the Coal Grove Hornets 10-1 Monday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

"Good pitching and good hitting is a pretty good combination," Waugh said.

Methax went six innings to get the win. He struck out eight and walked just one. Jeff Gilkison finished up the seventh inning.

"Cory Methax did a fine job. I think in his first game he was a little tight He had good control," Waugh said. "For the most part he kept the ball down."

Coal Grove was held to just four hits in their first game.

"They hit the ball and we didn't," Hornets coach John Jones said.

Chesapeake went up 3-0 in the first inning.

P.J. Rase tripled, Gilkison and Cody Methax walked, Matt Whitmore singled home two runs and Kirsten Harris hit a sacrifice fly.

The lead went to 6-0 in the third inning.

Cory Methax was hit by a pitch, Gilkison doubled, Cody Methax singled in both runners, Harris walked and Matt Rowe had a two-out RBI single.

The Hornets got their run in the third when Jake Allen doubled, moved up on a ground out, and came home when Nick Bazell reached on a dropped fly ball.

Chesapeake got the run back in the bottom of the fourth as Gilkison and Cody Methax doubled.

The Panthers put the game away with three more runs in the sixth inning.

Cory Methax walked and Gilkison tripled. Cody Methax singled in a run, Whitmore walked and Keith Marcum singled in the final run.

Gilkison and Cody Methax each went 3-for-3 with Methax driving in four runs. Keith Marcum was 2-4.

Chesapeake, 2-1 and 1-0 in the OVC, hosts Fairland Wednesday.

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Randy Wise, Bryan Bryant (5) and Nick Bazell. Cody Methax, Jeff Gilkison (7) and Kirsten Harris. W-Methax (8-K, 1-W). L-Wise (2-K, 3-W). 2B-Coal Grove: Jake Allen; Chesapeake: Jeff Gilkison, Cody Methax 2. 3B-Chesapeake: P.J. Rase, Jeff Gilkison. Hitting-Coal Grove: Bryan Bryant 1-3, Jake Allen 1-3, Tyler Branch 1-3, Eric Davidson 1-1; Chesapeake: P.J. Rase 1-3, Jeff Gilkison 3-3, Cody Methax 3-3 (4 RBI), Matt Whitmore 1-3, Keith Marcum 2-4, Matt Rowe 1-2.

Fairland 14,

River Valley 1

CHESHIRE - Michael Hill kept going deep, and the River Valley Raiders went down.

Hill slugged a pair of home runs and belted a triple as the Fairland Dragons routed River Valley 14-1 in five innings Monday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

"Both home runs went over the fence in centerfield which is 365 (feet). They weren't cheapies," Fairland coach Roger Snyder said.

Hill, who went 3-for-4 with six runs batted in, backed the three-hit pitching of Chris Barnett. In working all five innings, Barnett struck out five and walked one.

"Barnett did a pretty good job. He wasn't as sharp as he was against Spring Valley, but he did alright. He's a good, young pitcher," Snyder said.

Fairland jumped ahead 3-0

in the first inning.

Todd Maynard reached on a fielder's choice and Hill tripled in a run, Josh Moore had an RBI single and came home when Trenton Moore hit into a fielder's choice.

The Dragons erupted for 6 runs in the second inning. Josh Moore had a 2-run single while Cory McKnight and Adam Fuller singled home runs in the rally.

Hill hit a 3-run homer in the third inning after Nick Zundel and Maynard singled.

The final two runs scored in the fourth when Zundel walked and Hill cranked another home run for Fairland, 3-0 and 1-0.

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Chris Barnett and Adam Fuller. Peck, Smith (2), Little (5) and Murphy. W-Barnett (5-K, 1-W). L-Peck. 2B-Fairland: Cory McKnight, Adam Fuller. 3B-Fairland: Michael Hill. HR-Fairland: Michael Hill 2. Hitting-Fairland: Nick Zundel 1-3, Todd Maynard 2-4, Michael Hill 3-4 (6 RBI), Josh Moore 1-3 (3 RBI), Cory McKnight 3-3, Adam Fuller 1-3 (RBI), Nolan Love 1-3; River Valley: Eddy 1-2, Saunders 2-2.