Dragons clinch tie for OVC
COAL GROVE - Pitching has carried the Fairland Dragons this season, but it was the other part of the pitching battery that provided the spark.
Catcher Adam Fuller went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three runs batted in as the Dragons blanked the Coal Grove Hornets 6-0 to clinch as least a share of the Ohio Valley Conference championship Wednesday.
Fairland is 14-1 and 8-0 in the conference, two games ahead with two to play. It is the Dragons third straight OVC championship.
"One of our goals at the beginning of the season was to win the league, and now we've done that. But we'd kind of like to win it outright. We really don't want to share it," Fairland coach Roger Snyder said.
Trenton Moore went six innings to get the win. The Dragons had nine hits with Nick Zundel going 2-3.
Randy Wise took the loss despite a solid performance. He fanned two and walked four. Only one run was earned.
"The kids played better. We hit the ball well, but Fairland is a good ball club," Coal Grove coach John Jones said. "That's one of our better games other than the errors."
Fairland scored all the runs it needed in the second inning when Cory McKnight was safe on an error and Fuller hit a two-run homer.
The Dragons got four insurance runs in the sixth inning.
McKnight was safe on a two-base error and scored on Fuller's double. Chris Barnett was safe on an error to leave runners at first and second.
Trenton Moore hit into a double play, but Corey Blankenship
walked to put runners at the corners.
Nolan Love doubled to drive home Fuller and then Zundel and Todd Maynard had RBI singles.
Coal Grove falls to 3-9 and 1-7 in the OVC.
Trenton Moore, Cory McKnight (7) and Adam Fuller. Randy Wise and Nick Bazell. W-Moore (9-K,0-BB). L-Wise (2-K, 4-BB). 2B-Fairland: Adam Fuller, Nolan Love; Coal Grove: Patrick Roush. HR-Fairland: Adam Fuller. Hitting-Fairland: Nick Zundel 2-3, Todd Maynard 1-4, Michael Hill 1-4, Adam Fuller 3-4 (3 RBI), Trenton Moore 1-4, Nolan Love 1-3: Coal Grove: Randy Wise 1-3, Bryan Bryant 1-3, Patrick Roush 1-3.