By Mike DeFabo
Times West Virginian
PLEASANT VALLEY —
Bases loaded. Nobody out.
Both baseball teams found themselves in exactly the same place in their half of the first inning. But it was the dramatically different ways that East Fairmont and Robert C. Byrd dealt with this uncomfortable situation that ultimately determined the outcome of Tuesday’s game.
The Bees got out of their jam by allowing just a single run. Then in the bottom half of the frame, they sent 11 batters to the plate, tallied four hits and scored six runs on their way to a 10-3 win over the Eagles.
“That was a big difference,” said freshman starting pitcher David McQuain. “My defense helped behind me to get some good plays. And we came in and swung the bats well.”
McQuain, showing poise beyond his years, settled in after the initial hiccups. He threw five innings, struck out three, walked two, hit one and allowed three runs.
“David might be a freshman on paper, but as far as baseball goes, he doesn’t have the freshman mentality,” said East Fairmont coach Joe Price. “He’s a pretty seasoned kid for being a freshman.”
James Bolander, Jacob Bolander and Tyler Weiss recorded two hits each in the victory. Colton Toothman doubled. And Travis Gordon and Truman Weese added hits to help the Bees bounce back from a two-game losing streak and improve their record to 5-2.
“That’s the most enthusiasm I’ve seen these guys have in a couple games,” said Price. “They really came out intense, ready to play today.”
The Bees will travel to Preston County today.
FAIRMONT SENIOR 11
PHILIP BARBOUR 1
All nine starters scored runs Tuesday as Fairmont Senior picked up another mercy-rule victory, this time with an 11-1 victory over Philip Barbour.
Austin Norman was 2-for-4 with a 2-run home run, his third on the young season. Johnny Kesling went 2-for-4 with a double and Bailey Mohr was 2-for-3.
Shay Fitch doubled. Ryan Ricer, Gage Hannah and Ryder Skarzinski also added hits.
Kesling pitched three innings, allowed three hits and one run. Ryan Valentine tossed two relief innings and Trevor DeVaul threw one.
The Polar Bears improve to 7-0. They will travel to University Wednesday.
NORTH MARION 15
North Marion picked up a 5-inning mercy-rule victory over Grafton Tuesday, 15-4.
Travis Smith was 3-for-3 with a home run and double. Keegum McCullough went 2-for-3 with a home run. Devin Ayersman had two hits, with a triple, a double and scored four times. And Cody Opron also had two hits.
Christian Tomana was a perfect 1-for-1 at the plate. He also earned the mound victory, striking out two and allowing four runs (two earned.)
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