Fairland Junior All-Stars ousted from tournament
INDIANAPOLIS - The scoreboard didn't matter. It was the heart that counted to John Bond.
Bond, the Fairland Junior League coach, was disappointed after a 10-6 loss Thursday to host Fort Wayne knocked his team from the regional all-star tournament, but he couldn't fault his team's effort.
"It was a great run. I'm proud of the kids," Bond said. "It was a privilege to coach these boys, and I want to thank all the parents, grandparents and people who came here to support us."
Fairland had six hits including three home runs, two by Robbie Easterling and one by Michael Lamb. However, seven errors and some bad breaks proved to be too much for Fairland to overcome.
There were 16 walks in the game.
"I know we got beat, but I felt we had the best team here. No one shut our bats down. We just didn't make some plays," Bond said.
"There's a lot of talent on this club and they'll be heard from as they mature and become better ball players. It was a great experience."
Steven Hurt walked, Drake Everson singled and Joey Kosiarek scored the run with a sacrifice bunt.
The lead went to 3-0 in the top of the second inning.
Alex Bloom walked, stole second, went to third base on a passed ball and scored on a throwing error.
Logan Powell, Hurt and Everson all walked to load the bases and a run scored on a passed ball.
Lamb hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-1.
Fairland tied the game with two runs in the third inning.
Ethan Long doubled and came home when Adam Berry singled. Easterling was hit by a pitch, Tyler Thackston walked and Lamb hit a sacrifice fly.
But Fort Wayne came back to take a 4-3 lead in the fourth inning.
Nick Zern was safe on an error, moved up on a ground out and scored when Hurt singled.
Fairland took a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning when Easterling hit a two-run homer after Adam Berry walked.
Fort Wayne tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth inning.
Ryan Feneker singled and Zern was safe on an error to put runners on first and third. A balk was called as the tying run scored.
That set the stage for Fort Wayne's five-run seventh inning.
Robert Geary was safe on an error, Ryan Paul singled, Bloom reached on an error and Feneker doubled home two runs.
Zern singled home another run and Hurt doubled to score two and cap the rally.
Easterling hit a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap the scoring.
"Robbie had a good tournament. He pitched great and he hit the ball well. He's one of the best players in the state," Bond said.
Easterling was 2-3 to lead Fairland's offense.
Robert Geary, Drake Everson (3), Steven Hurt (4), Everson (6) and Ryan Feneker. Ethan Long, Robbie Easterling (2), Adam Berry (7) and Tyler Godby. W-Everson (3-IP, 1-R, 3-H, 4-BB, 1-K). L-Easterling (5.2-IP, 5-H, 7-R, 0-ER, 4-K, 3-BB). 2B-Ft. Wayne: Ryan Feneker; Fairland: Ethan Long. HR-Fairland: Robbie Easterling 2, Michael Lamb. Hitting-Fort Wayne: Steven Hurt 2-3, Drake Everson 1-3, Ryan Paul 1-3, Ryan Feneker 2-4, Nick Zern 1-4; Fairland: Ethan Long 1-2, Adam Berry 1-2, Robbie Easterling 2-3, Michael Lamb 1-3, Tyler Godby 1-4.