HUBER HEIGHTS — Monday has not been kind this month to the Wayne baseball team.
For the second straight Monday, the Warriors have come up short. On Monday, April 18, the Warriors dropped a 12-2 road decision at Springfield. Monday, April 25, it was more of the same, a 13-3 thumping by visiting Fairmont.
“Nothing went right for us at Springfield,” said coach Joe Yount. “The game just got away from us.”
Same thing happened against the Firebirds.
A hot-hitting Fairmont squad put an early hurt on the Warriors and sealed the deal by posting a crooked number in the third inning for a commanding 8-1 bulge.
“Fairmont is a really good hitting team,” Yount said after the visitors collected 14 hits, including three home runs.
The Firebirds put the home team behind the 8-ball in the top of the first. With one out, Chaney Morgan singled and Tommy Bell reached first base after an infield error. Cleanup hitter Austin Warden cleared the bases with a home run to left center for a quick 3-0 lead.
The Warriors cut the deficit to 3-1 in the second inning. Jake Jacobs singled to drove home Riley Brown who opened the inning with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball.
A Firebird surge in the third inning, however, propelled the visitors to an 8-1 advantage. Three singles, a double and a two-run home run off Warrior southpaw Riley Brown gave the Firbirds command of the game. Riley gave up one more run before departing after four innings on the mound.
Warrior sophomore James Ganion surrendered three runs in two innings while Logan Pelfrey game up one run in the seventh inning.
Meanwhile, Firebird southpaw Drew Duckro kept the Warrior hitter off balance, fanning eight and giving up just five hits.
Senior first baseman James Harness collected the only extra base hit, a double in the sixth inning that drove in Bryce Haney who opened the inning with a single.
“We had to bite the bullet in this game,” said Yount.
‘On the bright side, he was pleased that two relievers entered the game.
“Both Ganion and Pelfrey got some good experience on the mound,” he said.
Wayne stands at 9-9 for the season while Fairmont improved to 11-7 The Warriors travel to Troy Market Field on Saturday for an 11 a.m. start against the Trojans..
Reach Gary Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org