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Fairview rallies to beat Coal Grove, 11-5

ASHLAND, Ky. — Hopefully Coal Grove Hornets’ coach Dean Mader doesn’t suffer from motion sickness.

The Hornets up-and-down play was evident against as they took a lead early only to lose it as they fell 11-5 to the Fairview Eagles Tuesday.

“We’re a yo-yo,” said Mader. “We’re up and down. We can win or lose against anybody. That’s what you get with a young team. They’re just not consistent.”

Coal Grove (1-3) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Justin Hern doubled, Jake Murphy walked and Frank Delawder had a two-run single. Cody Damron followed with an RBI hit.

Coal Gorve added a run in the second as Drew Jenkins walked, Mark Davidson singled, both moved up on a ground out and scored when Murphy hit into a fielder’s choice.

The lead went to 5-0 in the top of the third when Justin Eldridge doubled and came around to score on a stolen base and passed ball.

But then the Hornets began their downswing.

Fairview got three runs in the bottom of the third inning and a run in the fifth to trail 5-4.

The Eagles erupted for seven runs in the sixth on just two hits, four walks and an error.

Hern was 2-3 as the Hornets got eight hits — five coming in the first three innings.

“We didn’t put the ball in play enough,” said Mader.

Brett Ritchie was 2-2 and Aaron Lowe 2-4 with three RBI to pace Fairview (2-5).

Coal Grove plays at Rock Hill Wednesday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

Coal Grove 311 000 0 = 5 8 3

Fairview 003 017 x = 11 7 0

Justin Hern, Frank Delawder (6), Drew Jenkins (6) and Jake Murphy. Austin Rowe and Ryan Holbrook. W-Rowe (9-K, 3-BB). L-Hern. 2B-Coal Grove: Jared Eldridge; Fairview: Jacob Bradley. Hitting-Coal Grove: Justin Hern 2-3, Jake Murphy 1-3, Wayne Sparks 1-4, Frank Delawder 1-4 2-RBI, Jared Eldridge 1-3, Mark Davidson 1-3, Cody Damron 1-3; Fairview: Aaron Lowe 2-4 3-RBI, Austin Rowe 1-4, Jacob Bradley 1-3, Chuck Leadingham 1-3, Brett Ritchie 2-2.