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May 8, 2014

East Fairmont goes 1-for-2 in doubleheader: PHOTOS

PLEASANT VALLEY — The results were mixed when East Fairmont hosted Lincoln for a doubleheader, and so too was the reaction from the Bees.

On one hand, the Bees defeated Lincoln in the first game, 11-5. They put together a 5-run first inning and a 4-run second inning. They tallied 14 hits, led by Colton Toothman with three. And James Bolander tossed a complete game.

All positives.

“We were picking out the right pitches,” said catcher Truman Weese, who doubled and singled in the first game. “Coach says swing at your pitches not theirs, and we were doing that for sure.”

But that victory was overshadowed to some degree in the second game when Lincoln scored three times in the the top of the seventh inning — on back-to-back squeeze plays and then on a fielding error— to deal East Fairmont a 10-8 loss.

A disappointing finish to a day in which the Bees scored nearly 20 runs.

Asked which game he was thinking about more, East Fairmont pitcher and shortstop James Bolander answered by saying “definitely the loss.”

East Fairmont coach Joe Price saw the good with the bad. He said that the loss left him with a “sour taste” in his mouth.

Yet, with the game being the last until sectionals (unless the Bees can add a game), the first-year coach thought it might have provided the spark the team needed.

“The way those guys rallied at the end, that’s the most spark I’ve seen in the past few games,” he said. “Maybe that’s what we needed. A little adversity brought us closer together.”

James Bolander surely agreed.

“We’ve got fire in our butt right now,” he said. “We’re ready to go for sectionals. Especially as the No. 1 seed. We’re ready.”

Email Mike DeFabo at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow him on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

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