Dragons lose in sectional tourney
JACKSON — With the offense missing, so was the chance to advance.
Fairland managed just three hits in a 6-2 loss to the Jackson Ironmen on Thursday in the Division II sectional finals.
Jackson’s Aaron Abrams and Tyler Shortridge combined on the three-hitter. Fairland had a hit in the first inning but didn’t get another until the seventh.
Fairland wasted little time getting on the scoreboard by getting a run in the top of the first inning.
Kyle Sowards beat out an infield hit, stole second base, went to third on a sacrifice by Matt Aliff and scored on a sacrifice fly by Collin Damron.
Jackson (17-8) came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning on a single by Shortridge and a double by Tyler Spriggs.
The game remained tied until the fourth when Dillon Wyant had a leadoff single, Brier Stanley bunted for a hit and Tyler Neal hit a two-out, three-run homer.
The Ironmen added a pair of insurance runs in the fifth inning.
Spriggs singled, Nathan Parks walked and Wyant had a two-run single.
The Dragons continued to battle as they scored a run in the seventh.
Evan Russell singled to start the inning, Brandon Burcham walked and Tyler Campbell singled home pinch-runner Robert Thompson.
Kyle Raines took the loss. He struck out eight, walked three and hit a batter.
Fairland ends the season 12-11.
Fairland 100 000 1 = 2 3 2
Jackson 100 320 x = 6 10 2
Kyle Raines and Garret Scheibelhood. Aaron Abrams, Tyler Shortridge (6) and Nathan Parks. W-Abrams (IP-5, R-1, ER-1, H-1, K-5, BB-2). L-Raines (IP-6, R-6, ER-6, K-8, BB-3, HBP-1). Shortridge IP-2, R-1, ER-1, H-2, K-2, BB-1. 2B-Jackson: Tyler Spriggs. HR-Jackson: Tyler Neal. Hitting-Fairland: Kyle Sowards 1-4, Collin Damron rbi, Evan Russell 1-3, Tyler Campbell 1-1 rbi; Jackson: Tyler Neal 1-3 rbi-3, Tyler Shortridge 2-4, Tyler Spriggs 2-3 rbi, Dillon Wyant 2-3 rbi-2, Brier Stanley 2-3, Hunter Sexton 1-2.