Fayetteville scored in all four trips to the plate, collecting 15 runs on 11 hits to easily outdistance Richwood 15-3 in five innings Monday and capture the Class A Region 3, Section 1 baseball title at Fayetteville.
Trey Phares was red hot at the plate, smacking two home runs and driving in four runs to lead the Pirates. James Criss added four hits, including a double and two RBIs, and Caleb Bailes contributed a double and two RBIs.
Will Fenton pitched the win for the Pirates.
Fayetteville (17-17) advances to the region semifinal Monday, hosting Greenbrier West.
R: 012 00 — 3 4 5
F: 352 5x — 15 11 1
R: Ben Beaver and Caleb Louden, F: Will Fenton and Jake Cogar. WP — Fenton. LP — Beaver. Hitting — R: Casey O’Dell 1-3, Jacob Cox 1-3, Matt Nichols 1-3, Ben Beaver 1-2, F: Trey Phares 2-3 (2 HR, 4 RBI), James Criss 4-4 (2B, 2 RBI), Caleb Bailes 1-2 (2B, 2 RBI), Jake Alton 1-2, Jake Cogar 2-3.
Records: Fayetteville (17-17).
Trey Phares struck out eight of the first nine batters he faced and finished with 15 strikeouts in a one-hitter as Fayetteville defeated Richwood in tournament play Saturday.
Josh Long had a sacrifice fly for the Pirates (16-17).
Ben Beaver also tossed a one-hitter in a losing cause for the Lumberjacks. Phoenix Evans had Richwood’s only hit.
Richwood went on to defeat Midland Trail 11-5 to eliminate the Patriots.
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F: 001 001 x — 2 1 2
R: Ben Beaver and Caleb Louden, F: Trey Phares and Jake Cogar. WP — Phares. LP — Beaver. Hitting — R: Phoenix Evans 1-3, F: Josh Long 1-2 (rbi).
Records: F: 16-17
A couple of season-long problems finally did Valley in for good during Monday’s Class A Region 3, Section 3 championship baseball game.
Aaron Lowe held the Valley bats in check, pitching a no-hitter and lifting Sherman past the Greyhounds to win the section crown 4-2.
The result marked the Tide’s first section title since 1997, while it prevented Valley from continuing its quest for a fourth straight state tournament appearance.
“It’s the same story as all year,” said Valley coach Joe Craffey. “We had 11 or 12 (baserunners) left on; no hits in crucial situations. At some point, you’ve got to put the ball in play.”
“And, Rae (Raeshawn Breckenridge) pitched a good game; we just can’t play defense behind our pitchers,” he added. “I knew at some point it would come back to bite us.”
“Every one of the boys played with heart,” said Sherman coach Jeremiah Pettry, whose father, Aaron, coached the Tide the last time they won the section. “They didn’t want to go home yet.”
Bailey Kirk collected two hits and John Hunter had a double to lead the Tide.
Valley finished the season 18-11.
Sherman travels to battle the Man Hillbillies in the region semifinals Monday.
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S: 000 31x x — 4 4 2
V: Raeshawn Breckenridge and John Riddle, S: Aaron Lowe and Bailey Kirk. WP — Lowe. LP — Breckenridge. Hitting — V: none, S: John Hunter 1-4 (3B), Bailey Kirk 1-3 (2 RBI).
Records: Valley (18-11), Sherman (13-12).