Team effort leads Dragons past Trojans, 6-2

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

PROCTORVILLE — If Tuesday’s game had been a telethon, the Fairland Dragons would have reached their goal.

The Dragons got plenty of contributions as they beat the Portsmouth Trojans 6-2 in the Division III sectional tournament.

“It was a good team win. Everyone made some key defensive plays or did something to help,” Fairland coach Roger Snyder said.

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Fairland, 13-6, plays at Chesapeake Friday in the sectional finals.

Nick Zundel pitched a five-hitter to get the win. He struck out four and walked two. Only one run was earned.

“He pitched well. He didn’t have the strikeouts, but he kept them off-balance,” Snyder said.

After a scoreless first inning, Fairland got four runs in the second inning.

Spencer Baise doubled with one out, Corey Blankenship was hit by a pitch and Zundel singled to load the bases.

“Spencer’s hit was big. He got us going,” Snyder said.

Cole Hatfield walked to force in a run and Adam Fuller smacked a two-run single. Adam Berry then squeezed home Hatfield.

Portsmouth got a run in the top of the third inning when John Walker reached on an error and came home on a double by Howard Harcha.

Fairland answered as Chris Barnett singled, moved up on a passed ball and came home on a hit by Ethan Long.

The Trojans made it 5-2 in the fifth when Cody Collins walked and John Walker tripled.

But the Dragons got the run back in the sixth inning when Baise doubled and Hatfield singled.



Brian Estep, Steve Taylor (3) and Jason Jones. Nick Zundel and Adam Fuller. W-Zundel (4-K, 2-BB, 1-ER). L-Estep. 2B-Portsmouth: Howard Harcha 2; Fairland: Spencer Baise 2. 3B-Portsmouth: John Walker. Hitting-Portsmouth: John Harcha 1-4, John Walker 2-3, Howard Harcha 2-3; Fairland: Nick Zundel 1-4, Cole Hatfield 1-3, Adam Fuller 1-3, Chris Barnett 1-3, Ethan Long 1-3, Spencer Baise 3-3.