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May 7, 2013

East strikes North in sectionals

FAIRMONT — The East Fairmont High School baseball team began the first round of sectionals with a dominating performance against North Marion.

East accumulated 14 hits in the 10-0 victory Monday.

“We attacked the pitcher in game one,” East head coach Rob Barrett said. “Our hitters came through and we had some good hits.”

From the opening pitch, the Bees were ready to pounce on the Huskies’ pitching.

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James Bolander scorched a single right out of the gates. Travis Gordon tallied a hit, leaving runners at both third and second.

With a pair of runners on the base paths, the Bees’ Truman Weese went to the plate with one thing on his mind: to drill a ball in the left center gap.

He did just that, hitting a liner in the gap that scored both Gordon and Bolander.

“Both of those guys really stepped it up tonight,” Barrett said Monday. “They didn’t put pressure on themselves and they did what they had to do, and that was hit with runners in scoring position.”

Following the clutch two-bagger, it was Cutter Atha’s chance to shine. With a runner at second, Atha was patient at the plate. He didn’t hit the first pitch or the second; however, on the third, he kept his hands back and attacked the ball with authority.

The patience led to a triple and another RBI in Atha’s senior season.

 

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