Fairland moves closer to another OVC title
SOUTH POINT - An uncomfortable game may have put the Fairland Dragons in a comfortable position.
Locked in a scoreless tie for six innings, Fairland finally scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning as the Dragons edged the Pointers 2-0 Monday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
Fairland is now 13-1 overall and 7-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference The Dragons have a two game lead with three league games remaining.
While the win gives Fairland a cushion in the OVC race, head coach Roger Snyder isn't taking anything for granted.
"We still have Chesapeake who has the good pitching and Rock Hill who hits the ball well," Snyder said. "We have to get our bats going again and start executing."
The Dragons didn't execute on offense until the top of the seventh inning.
Adam Fuller led off the inning with a double and Chris Barnett put down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away at first base allowing Fuller to score.
Barnett went to second base and Michael Spence took over as a pinch-runner. Nolan Love then reached on a throwing error as Spence came home with the second run.
"It was a good high school game. We didn't execute early on, and then it settled into a real tight ball game. Either team could have won," Snyder said. "South Point did what they had to do. We were lucky to come out with a win."
Michael Hill allowed just two hits to get the win. He struck out 13, walked two and hit a pair.
Justin Smith gave up only five hits, struck out five and walked five in taking the loss.
"Both pitchers were on," Snyder said. "Michael threw well and Smith kept us off-balance."
The Pointers only hits were a double in the second inning by Chris Brown and an infield hit by Tyler Wells in the fifth.
The Dragons host Gallipolis Tuesday.
Michael Hill and Adam Fuller. Justin Smith and Dale Kinney. W-Hill (13-K, 2-W, 2-HBP). L-Smith (5-K, 5-W). 2B-Fairland: Adam Fuller; South Point: xx Brown. 3B-Fairland: Adam Fuller. Hitting-Fairland: Todd Maynard 1-4, Cory McKnight 1-3, Adam Fuller 2-2, Chris Barnett 1-2; South Point: Chris Brown 1-2, Tyler Wells 1-3.