Flyers sweep Fairview

Published 11:57 pm Saturday, April 30, 2011


Tribune Sports Editor

T.J. Young and Justin Mahlmeister both slammed the Fairview Eagles, just in different ways.

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Young slammed the door on the Eagles’ offense with a two-hitter as the St. Joseph Flyers won 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.

Mahlmeister then slammed two home runs to back his own pitching in the second game as the Flyers completed the sweep with a 7-5 win.

“T.J. threw a good game. If we don’t make a bunch of silly errors, they don’t score,” said Flyers’ coach Greg Bryant.

“Justin picked up his game and played well in the second game on both ends. He pitched pretty well and he hit the ball well.”

Young struck out 10 and walked two in the first game. Only one run was earned.

Fairview (7-11) got both its runs in the first inning with the help of two Flyers’ errors.

Ethan Cantrell singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Austin Rowe’s ground out.

Jared Hutchinson was hit by a pitch, took second on a throwing error, stole third and scored on another throwing error.

The Flyers (10-3) got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Payton Blair was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Tanner Riley’s base hit.

St. Joseph took the lead with two runs in the fifth.

Grant Geswein reached on an error and moved to third base on a wild pitch and stolen base. Blair singled in the run and then scored after stealing second, going to third on a ground out and coming home on a wild pitch.

The final run scored in the sixth when Young and Cody Blackburn singled, pulled off a double steal and Luke McGraw hit a sacrifice fly.

The Flyers had 10 hits led by Blair who was 3-4 with three runs scored and Mahlmeister who drove in four runs with his two home runs.

Blair singled and scored when Mahlmeister reached on an error in the first inning.

The Eagles tied the game in the third on a home run by Brandon McDaniel, but the Flyers came back with four runs in the bottom of the inning.

Blair singled and Mahlmeister homered to start the rally. Riley singled, Young was safe on an error and Blackburn reached on an error as a run scored. McGraw singled home the final run.

Austin Pemberton had an RBI double and McDaniel a two-run single as Fairview got three runs in the fourth only to have the Flyers answer with two in the sixth on Mahlmeister’s second home run after Blair singled.

Pemberton doubled and McDaniel singled for the Eagles final run in the seventh.

First Game

Fairview 200 000 0 = 2 2 0

St. Joseph 100 021 x = 4 5 5

Zach Messer, Jared Hutchinson (6) and Jon Burke. T.J. Young and Justin Mahlmeister, Luke McGraw (3), Mahlmeister (5). W-Young (K-10, BB-2, ER-1). L-Messer (K6, BB-1, R-4, ER-2). Hitting-Fairview: Ethan Cantrell 1-4, Jon Burke 1-2; St. Joseph: Payton Blair 1-2 rbi, Tanner Riley 2-3 rbi, T.J. Young 1-3, Cody Blackburn 1-2.

Second Game

Fairview 001 300 1 = 5 6 4

St. Joseph 104 002 x = 7 10 1

Taylor Freeman and Jon Burke. Justin Mahlmeister and T.J. Young. W-Mahlmeister (K-7, BB-3, ER-5). L-Freeman (K-13, BB-1, ER-5). 2B-Fairview: Austin Pemberton 2. HR-Fairview: Brandon McDaniel; St. Joseph: Justin Mahlmeister 2. Hitting-Fairview: Brandon McDaniel 3-3, Austin Pemberton 2-3, Jon Burke 1-3; St. Joseph: Payton Blair 3-4 runs-3, Justin Mahlmeister 2-4 rbi-4, Luke McGraw 2-2 rbi, Levi Hopkins 1-3, T.J. Young 1-4, Tanner Riley 1-4.