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Dragons hang on to win sectional title

Fairland Dragons’ second baseman Dacoda Chapman goes to one knee to grab a ground ball during Saturday’s Division III sectional title game. Fairland beat Crooksville 7-6. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

PROCTORVILLE — The Fairland Dragons held on, so now they get to carry on.
The Dragons built a 7-1 lead, then held off the Crooksville Ceramics 7-6 to win the Division III sectional tournament and advance to the district tournament.
Fairland (17-5) will play Adena at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.
Kyle Rankin hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave Fairland a 7-1 lead and provided the Dragons with the margin of victory.
Crooksville got four runs in the sixth inning and added a run in the seventh while leaving the tying and go-ahead runs on base.
Garrett Looney went 5.1 innings for the win. He allowed nine hits, five runs — all earned — with two strikeouts and three walks.
Alex Rogers got the save with 1.2 innings of work. He gave up two hits, one earned run with one strikeout and one walk.
Rogers went 2-3, Dacoda Chapman 2-2 with a two-run double, Rankin 1-3 with the home run and both Brennan West and Gavin Hunt were 1-4.
Crooksville 000 104 1 = 6 11 3
FAIRLAND 020 230 X = 7 8 2
Nick Headley, Michael Baughman (4), Hunter Glass (6) and Ethan Sprankle. Garrett Looney, Alex Rogers (6) and Bryan Defoe. W-Looney (IP-5.1, H-9, R-5, ER-5, K-2, BB-3). Save-Rogers (IP-1.2, H-2, R-1, ER-1, K-1, BB-1). L-Headley (IP-3.0, H-3, R-4, ER-2, K-3, BB-3). Baughman (IP-1.0), H-3, R-3, ER-3, K-1, BB-1). Glass (IP-2.0, H-2, R-0, K-1, BB-1). Hitting-CHS: Brady Brannon 1-4 rbi, Michael Baughman 2-5 rbi, Nick Headley 2-3 2B 2-rbi, Hunter Glass 2-4, Ethan Sprankle 1-3 rbi, Kadin Mount 2-2 2B, Chris Pitcock 1-4; FHS: Brennan West 1-4 rbi, Tucker Adkins 1-4, Gavin Hunt 1-4, Alex Rogers 2-3, Dacoda Chapman 2-2 2B 2-rbi, Kyle Rankin 1-3 HR 3-rbi.