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Dragons capture OVC baseball title outright

PROCTORVILLE — It’s official.

Fairland’s 12-2 win over the River Valley Raiders in five innings on Wednesday gave the Dragons the Ohio Valley Conference baseball title outright.

“It was good to win the league. There wasn’t a lot expected from this group but they came through pretty well,” said Fairland first-year head coach Bryan Ward.

Chad Fisher went the first three innings to get the win. He struck out six and did not walk a batter. Jon Baise finished up with two strikeouts and no walks.

While the Fairland pitchers didn’t walk a batter, three River Valley pitchers walked eight and hit a batter.

Fairland wasted little time as they scored twice in the first inning.

Alex Thackston singled, Fisher walked and Matt Campbell had a two-run double. Campbell went 3-3 with three runs batted in.

River Valley got a run in the top of the second, but the Dragons scored three in the third.

Fisher and Campbell singled, moved up on a wild pitch and Tyler Duty had a two-run single. Tanner Sowards hit into a fielder’s choice, Brandon Begil singled and Javier Roe had an RBI single.

Roe went 3-3 with three RBI and Duty was 2-3 with four RBI.

The lead went to 9-1 in the fourth inning.

Thackston singled, Campbell walked, Eric Riley hit into a fielder’s choice and Duty had his second two-run single.

Sowards reached on an error, Begil walked and Roe slapped a two-run base hit.

River Valley pushed across a run in the top of the fifth, but the Dragons came back with three in the bottom of the inning to end the game.

Thackston and Fisher walked and Campbell singled to load the bases. Riley hit into a force play but Alex Guzman was safe on an error as a run scored.

Jonathan Holbrook was hit by a pitch to score another run and Alec Warner walked to send home the final run.

Fairland (14-4) plays at River Valley next Wednesday.

River Valley 010 01 = 2 5 2

Fairland 203 43 = 12 12 2

Noble, Wimmer (3), Davies (5) and C. Smith. Chad Fisher, Jon Baise (4) and Matt Campbell. W-Fisher (6-K, 0-BB). Baise 2-K, 0-BB. L-Noble. 2B-Fairland: Matt Campbell. Hitting-River Valley: Austin Smith 2-3, Cody Smith 1-2, Wimmer 1-2, Davies 1-2; Fairland: Alex Thackston 2-3, Chad Fisher 1-2, Matt Campbell 3-3 3-RBI, Tyler Duty 2-3 4-RBI, Brandon Begil 1-1, Javier Roe 3-3 3-RBI.