By Nick Cammuso
Times West Virginian
Fairmont Senior didn’t get off to the hottest of starts on Tuesday at Philip Barbour, stranding six runners over the contest’s first three innings.
The Polar Bears, however, would make up for it in a hurry.
No. 3 FSHS exploded for 11 runs in the final three frames en route to a 13-1, six-inning victory over the Colts.
In all, Fairmont Senior (7-3) ripped a season-best 17 hits.
“That was more than we had down at the beach the entire time,” Fairmont Senior coach Steve Naternicola said of last week’s Cal Ripken tournament in Myrtle Beach, S.C. “Well, it was close.”
The Polar Bears did it with a late surge — scoring three times in the fourth and fifth innings — and added five more in the sixth to end things early.
And everyone got into the act, as eight players drove in at least one run.
Johnny Kesling led the way with three hits and three RBIs, while Austin Norman added three hits, two runs and knocked in three.
Ryder Skarzinski added two hits, scored three times and added an RBI; Iziah John had a hit and two RBIs; Bailey Mohr doubled and drove in a run; Matt Robbins had two hits and an RBI; Michael Parker had three hits and an RBI; Jayce Riley had an RBI; Gage Hannah had two hits and scored twice; Fletcher DeVaul had a hit and scored two runs; and Nick Davidson also scored in the win.
The Polar Bears also got a solid start from Andrew Strand. The lefty went six innings, allowing one run on four hits. He struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter.
Fairmont Senior (7-3) visits cross-town foe East Fairmont today.
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Eagles edge East Fairmont
FAIRMONT — In a battle of state-ranked softball teams, host Robert C. Byrd got the best of East Fairmont on Tuesday, holding on for a 9-7 victory.
The Eagles, tied for fifth in the latest Class AA West Virginia sports writers’ poll released earlier this week, raced to a 9-3 lead before the No. 7 Bees mounted a late rally.
They trimmed the lead to two in the seventh thanks to a Tori Postlewait three-run homer, her fourth of the season, but never took the lead in the latter innings.
“We made a rally, but just fell short,” East coach John Postlewait said. “Bottom line, we can’t give good teams like that extra outs and let them capitalize.”
Jasmin Johnson also hit her fourth home run of the year Tuesday, a solo shot, and paced East by going 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
Postlewait finished 2 for 4, drove in three and scored twice; Mikayla Moore went 2 for 4 and scored a run; Hannah Ferrell was 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI; Kayla Summers was 1 for 4 with a run; and Katie Fairbee added a hit for the Bees.
Tori Postlewait threw six innings, giving up five earned runs while striking out four.
East (13-5) is back in action today when it visits county rival North Marion in a doubleheader that gets under way at 5 p.m.
“The sun is going to come up,” Postlewait said. “We let one slip away and the best thing to do is come back (today) and play again.”
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Huskies slip past Grafton
North Marion’s softball team bounced back from a recent loss with an 8-5 home win over Big 10 foe Grafton on Tuesday.
The Huskies had three hits as a team — Taylor Wells doubled, while Shelby King and Morgan Clyde each added singles — and scored the majority of their runs on Bearcats errors and walks.
“They made a few mistakes and we took advantage,” North coach Brad Harker said of his squad, which was down 2-0 to start but responded with four runs apiece in both the third and fourth innings.
Chelsi Latocha got the win in the circle to help North improve to 9-4. She went 6.1 innings, giving up four hits while walking five and striking out five. Danielle Fluharty also pitched, retiring the game’s final two batters on strikeouts.
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Bees down RCB, 5-2
East Fairmont’s girls’ tennis team kept its recent roll going Tuesday with a 5-2 road win at Robert C. Byrd.
The Bees rolled to a sweep in singles play, as Catherine Boyles (8-2), Skyler Morgan (8-5), Jacqueline Costello (8-3) and Brittiany Brumage (8-3) each nabbed convincing victories.
In doubles action, Costello and Brumage teamed for an 8-6 win.
On the boys’ side, East edged RCB for a 4-3 win to move to 6-4 on the season.
Khris Musgrove (8-3) and Michael Moore (8-5) nabbed singles wins for the Bees, while Musgrove and Brighton Kunce (8-2) along with Jordan Leonard and Jason Mills (8-4) took doubles matches.
Also on Monday, East rolled to a 7-0 conference romp of Buckhannon-Upshur at Wave Tek 7-0.
Musgrove (8-1), Kunce (8-2), Ben Costello (8-0) and Michael Moore (8-1) each had singles wins for the Bees.
In doubles, Musgrove and Kunce (8-4), Costello and Moore (8-2) and Jordan Leonard and Jason Mills (8-2) won their respective matches.
East plays Philip Barbour on Thursday at Fairmont State.
NOTE: East Fairmont beat RCB, 2-1, on Tuesday and North Marion played Grafton, but additional details were not reported to the Times West Virginian. Coaches are asked to call in results nightly to 304-367-2544 or 304-367-2508.
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