Dragons get going
PROCTORVILLE — A fast start was all the Fairland Dragons needed.
Fairland scored all seven of its runs in the first two innings and beat the Gallipolis Blue Devils 7-4 Tuesday in the season opener for both teams.
“It was nice to get that four runs in the first inning. We kind of relaxed and just played good baseball after that,” said Fairland coach Roger Snyder.
Fairland jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Zach Jordan walked, Chris Ward was hit by a pitch, and Robbie Easterling had an RBI double.
Tyler Thackston hit into a fielder’s choice as a run scored, Tyler Godby doubled and Nate Burcham singled home a run.
The Dragons went up 7-0 in the second inning.
Fisher walked, Jordan and Ward singled to load the bases, and Thackston doubled to drive in all three runners.
The Blue Devils got a run in the third when J.P. Finnicum singled and Andy Denbow doubled.
Gallipolis got within 7-3 in the fourth inning with a pair of runs.
Nick Stevens singled, Austin Roush walked, and Finnicum was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A ground out scored one run and an error got home the second run.
The Blue Devils got a run in the seventh when Cody Noble was hit by a pitch, moved up on a base hit and came home on a ground out.
Burcham went four innings to get the win. He struck out five and walked three.
Easterling threw three innings of one-hit ball for the save.
Jordan and Burcham were 2-for-3 as Fairland got nine hits.
“Tonight we hit the ball pretty well,” said Snyder.
Fairland hosts Ironton Friday.
Nate Burcham, Robbie Easterling (5) and Tyler Godby. Beau Whaley, Kruize Wandley (2) and David Rumley. W-Burcham (3-BB, 5-K, 3-HBP). Save-Easterling (1-H, 1-R, 1-BB, 2-K). 2B-Fairland: Robbie Easterling, Tyler Thackston, Tyler Godby. Gallipolis: Andy Denbow. Hitting-Fairland: Zach Jordan 2-3, Chris Ward 1-3, Robbie Easterling 1-2, Tyler Thackston 1-4, Tyler Godby 1-3, Nate Burcham 2-3, Chad Fisher 1-2. Gallipolis: J.P. Finnicum 1-3, Andy Denbow 2-2, Nick Stevens 1-2.