Dragons storm past Panthers in OVC game
CHESAPEAKE - Snow? In April? It wasn't in the forecast, but it hit hard Wednesday at the Panthers field.
The Fairland Dragons scored six runs in the second inning and continued the scoring onslaught as they beat the Chesapeake Panthers 13-1 in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
"We just jumped on them in the second inning and it kind of snowballed," Fairland coach Roger Snyder said. "Chesapeake is a better team than they showed tonight. We just had some things go our way. It was our night."
Michael Hill provided the bulk of the snowstorm as he pitched a three-hitter and also went 3-for-4 at the plate with a grand slam home run and seven runs batted in.
"Mike wasn't as sharp as he can be, but he hit the ball really well. Everything he hit was on a line. He had a great all-around night. And some of the other kids came through for us," Snyder said.
Hill struck out nine, walked two and hit a batter as he picked up the win.
"We didn't swing the bats at all, but most of that is credited to Michael. He threw an awful good ball game," Chesapeake coach Joe Waugh said.
After a scoreless first inning, Fairland erupted in the second inning.
Cory McKnight walked, Adam Fuller doubled, Chris Barnett walked to load the bases and Trenton Moore singled home two. Nolan Love grounded out to move up the runner and Nick Zundel singled in a run.
Todd Maynard walked and Hill followed with a three-run triple.
The Dragons added three more runs in the third inning to lead 9-0.
Fuller walked and Barnett and Moore singled for one run. A second run scored after two wild pitches and Moore scored on an error.
Chesapeake (2-2, 1-1) got its run in the bottom of the third inning when Cory Methax was hit by a pitch, Jeff Gilkison doubled and Fairland had a throwing error from the outfield.
Fairland capped the scoring in the fifth
Love struck out but reached when the ball got past the catch. Zundel walked and Maynard singled to load the bases. Hill then unloaded a grand slam that made it 13-1 and set up the mercy rule win.
Besides Hill, Moore was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Fairland (5-0, 2-0) hosts South Point Friday.
Michael Hill and Adam Fuller. Jeff Gilkison, Kirsten Harris (4) and Matt Rowe. W-Hill (9-K, 2-W, 1-HBP). L-Gilkison (4-K, 4-W, 9-R, 8-ER). 2B-Fairland: Adam Fuller. Chesapeake: Jeff Gilkison. 3B-Fairland: Michael Hill. HR-Fairland: Michael Hill (GS). Hitting-Fairland: Nick Zundel 1-3, Todd Maynard 1-3, Michael Hill 3-4 (7 RBI), Adam Fuller 1-2,Chris Barnett 1-2, Trenton Moore 2-3 (3 RBI); Chesapeake: P.J. Rase 1-3, Jeff Gilkison 1-3, Matt Rowe 1-1.