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Dragons blank VC in tourney

Fairland’s Matt Aliff went five innings to get the win as the Dragons blanked Vinton County 4-0 on Monday in the Division II sectional tournament. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Fairland’s Matt Aliff went five innings to get the win as the Dragons blanked Vinton County 4-0 on Monday in the Division II sectional tournament. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

PROCTORVILLE — This was more than just a win for the Fairland Dragons.

In a game that featured the Dragons turning a triple play, Fairland limited Vinton County to just two hits and blanked the Vikings 4-0 on Monday in the Division II sectional tournament.

With the win Fairland (12-9) will play at Jackson on Thursday at 5 p.m. The winner advances to the district tournament May 21 at Chillicothe’s Veterans’ Stadium.

“We didn’t play well. I think the layoff effected us some hitting-wise,” said Fairland coach Bryan Ward.

“Aliff and Raines did what they were supposed to do. Their pitcher did a nice job getting his breaking ball over for strikes. Right now, you just want to win and advance.”

Matt Aliff went five innings for the win, striking out five, walked two and allowed the two hits. Kyle Raines struck out two and did not walk a batter as he worked two innings for the save.

The game was scoreless until the third inning when the Dragons scored twice.

Luke Phillips walked, stole second base, went to third on a throwing error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Sowards.

Aliff and Josh Ross then singled, moved up on a passed ball and scored when Raines grounded out to first base.

Fairland added two insurance runs in the fifth inning.

Phillips walked, stole second and scored on a hit by Sowards. Aliff singled to put runners on the corners and Raines grounded out for a second time as a run scored.

Ross was 2-3 with a double, Aliff was 2-3, while Sowards — who was 1-2 — and Raines had two RBIs each.

Fairland plays at South Point on Wednesday in an Ohio Valley Conference game.

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Tim Allen and David Allen. Matt Aliff, Kyle Raines (6) and Josh Ross, Cody Canteberry (5). W-Aliff (IP-5, K-5, BB-2, H-2). Save-Raines (IP-2, K-2, BB-0, HBP-1). L-T. Allen (K-5, BB-2). 2B-Fairland: Josh Ross. Hitting-VC: Austin Ward 1-3, Eli Prater 1-2; Fairland: Josh Ross 2-3, Matt Aliff 2-3, Kyle Sowards 1-2 rbi-2, Collin Damron 1-2, Kyle Raines rbi-2.