By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
North Bullitt High School, of Louisville, Ky., defeated Fairmont Senior High School’s baseball team in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Monday evening, 7-5.
The Polar Bears were plagued with strikeouts. When the final out had been called, FSHS tallied 14 k’s.
“They had a really good pitcher,” Fairmont Senior head coach Steve Naternicola said. “We manufactured our runs.”
Although the Polar Bears complied 14 strikeouts on the evening, they managed to string along nine hits. The hits kept FSHS in the game until two crucial errors came back to hurt them.
In the fourth inning, the Polar Bears allowed four runs due to an unexecuted run-down.
The second came in the seventh inning when FSHS was down just 4-3.
“We had two errors,” Naternicola said. “We had a guy in a run-down for at least 20 seconds and we didn’t get him. That error led to four runs and then in the seventh inning, we had an error that gave them three runs.”
Due to the errors — even though there were just two of them — the Eagles scored all their runs.
FSHS’s starting pitcher Matt Strand went four innings, giving up six hits and four unearned runs. He also tallied three strikeouts.
Coming in relief was Matt Robbins. He went three innings, allowing three hits, three unearned runs and six strikeouts.
“We’re in the stage of trying to work on little things and hopefully we correct them before we come home,” Naternicola said.