ALWAYS – With tournament time almost here, Fort Frye entertained Barnesville on Saturday as the two talented Division III East District teams squared off in a double header.
The Cadets took match one, 4-3, while the Shamrocks won the second competition with a score of 5-3. There is a realistic chance that this is not the last time the two clubs will meet this season.
“They are a very good ball club, very well coached,” Fort Frye skipper Trey Engle said about Barnesville. “Hopefully we’ll see each other in the tournament.”
The cadets celebrated senior day, and 12th grader Seth Miller enjoyed a special moment in game one. After throwing seven strong innings on the mound, Miller came to hit the bottom of the seventh with the match regularly at 3-3. With Maeson Long in the scoring position, Miller stuck a walkoff single to the right field to give Fort Frye the win.
“It was something fun to watch,” In Engle. “Seth, he made sure he got that victory.
“He got some big outs when he needed them. He just struggled with the whole game. We had some mistakes in the field, but he overcame all that, and he had a good quality winner. ”
Miller knocked out six and went two.
Behind the right arms of Jake Edwards and Gavin Carpenter, Barnesville took game two. Edwards started and threw the first four innings to earn the win while Carpenter threw three pointless frames to pick up the save.
“I’m fine with our arms forward,” said Barnesville head coach DJ Butler. “Our pitchers have kept us in the game and given us victory all year.”
Ayden Hannahs and Noah Strauss had RBI singles in the first half, and Carpenter had a sac fly to give the Shamrocks a quick 3-0 lead.
Fort Frye got one back at the bottom of the first at Ian Ellis ‘RBI base park, but Barnesville responded the next half when Edwards’ base hit coated Spencer Bliss.
Cam Tennant, who hit a complete game with two rounds and four strokes in the loss, came up with a two-run single in the fourth to get the Cadets within 4-3, but some defensive loss of Fort Frye in the top of the fifth led to a new Barnesville Race. Both teams struggled in the field in game two as they combined for seven errors (Barnesville 4, Fort Frye 3).
“Defensively, it’s as sloppy as we’ve been playing all year,” In Butler. “We left some outs on the court and got our boxes to throw some extra courts. We have not done (wrong) all year, so hopefully today was just an abnormal day for us. “
Barnesville’s defense compensated for that in the seventh, when shortstop CJ Hannahs led a playing 6-4-3 double to secure the win.
The Shamrocks are now 16-5 overall this season while Fort Frye moved to 14-9 and visit Morgan on Monday.
The cadets honored their eight seniors – Miller, Eric Isner, Kelton Fogle, Nic Hart (who took a tour in their first college record appearance on Saturday), Damian Huck, Michael Lenhart, Connor Logan and Logan Wagner.
“They went through a lot,” Angels said about the group. “They overcame a lot. I just finished telling them how much they did for the program. At the beginning of the year, we were not sure how many children we should actually have after missing a year and this and that. This senior group really went up and I’m proud of them. ”