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Fairland uses big fourth inning to get past Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE — The fiasco fourth.

Three errors led to five unearned runs in the fourth inning as the Fairland Dragons beat the Chesapeake Panthers 7-4 Wednesday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

“We should have been out of the inning without giving up a run and we gave up five,” Panthers coach Joe Waugh said. “We played pretty good for six innings. That one inning just killed us.”

Or the game, Chesapeake committed seven errors that led to six unearned runs.

Fairland took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.

The game started with a dropped third strike and throwing error that allowed Cole Hatfield to reach first base. After a hit batsman, Harris struck out the next two batters but Zach Matasich reached on an error that scored Hatfield.

Chesapeake came back to take a 2-1 lead in the second.

Matt Angle and Josh Blair walked, Clinton Baise singled for an RBI and Bryon Huff doubled home Blair.

Then came the decisive fourth inning.

Matasich was safe on an error, moved to second on a ground out and scored on another error.

Spencer Baise was safe on a fielder’s choice, Tyler Godby reached on an error and Hatfield walked to load the bases. Zach Jordan then doubled home all three runners.

The Panthers got a run back in the fifth on singles by Clinton Baise and Huff and two wild pitches.

But Fairland got the run back in the sixth when Godby walked, took second on a wild pickoff throw and came home on a hit by Jordan.

Chesapeake mounted a rally in the seventh.

Clinton Baise singled to start the inning and Huff was safe on a dropped fly ball to put runners on the corners. Kyle Rase singled to drive home Baise.

But Burcham got a strikeout and two fly balls to end the game.

Jordan led the Dragons (6-1, 2-0) by going 2-2 with three runs batted in.

Nathan Burcham got the win as he struck out nine and walked three. Kersten Harris took the loss for the Panthers (1-3, 1-1) despite 10 strikeouts, three walks and only five hits.

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Nathan Burcham and Tyler Godby. Kersten Harris and Bryon Huff. W-Burcham (9-K, 3-BB). L-Harris (10-K, 3-BB). 2B-Fairland: Zach Jordan, Tyler Thackston; Chesapeake: Bryon Huff, Kersten Harris. Hitting-Fairland: Zach Jordan 2-2, Chris Barnett 1-4, Tyler Thackston 1-4, Adam Berry 1-4; Chesapeake: Clinton Baise 3-4, Bryon Huff 2-4, Kyle Rase 2-3, Kersten Harris 1-4.