Fairland tops Peake, 5-0
PROCTORVILLE -- Senior Kyle Raines pitched a complete-game shutout, giving up just four hits and striking out seven as Fairland baseball completed its regular season sweep of rival Chesapeake at home Friday evening.
Raines pitched in both wins against Chesapeake, and was masterful Friday against the Panthers.
"Raines was on ... when he's throwing like that, we're pretty tough," said Fairland coach Bryan Ward. "He gets up for Chesapeake, and we've kind of had the better of it lately, and these guys didn't want to drop one today, that's for sure."
Raines was helped by an impressive defensive effort from the Dragons. As Ward pointed out, most of the pitcher's offerings netted slow ground balls or pop-ups, which also made it easier on the defense.
"When we started this season we were one of the worst defensive teams out there," Ward said. "Today I think was one of our best defensive games of the season."
But Chesapeake was equal to the challenge for much of the game.
Sophomore pitcher Joe Bias gave up a run in the bottom of the first after Kyle Sowards led off with a triple, and Josh Ross brought him home on a fielder's choice.
After that, Bias retired the Dragons in order in the second and third. Fairland added another run in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double from Evan Russell, but heading into the sixth inning, Chesapeake was still down just 2-0.
That's when the Dragons lit the Panthers up, with Raines getting an RBI double, followed by a two-out rally that saw three more runs cross the plate.
That forced Chesapeake to go into its last at bat facing a five-run deficit.
The Panthers went three up and three down, and the game was over.
"That seems to be the history of our season," said Chesapeake coach Ray Boster. "We're in games up until the fifth or sixth inning, we have one little mistake or something doesn't go our way and the wheels come off. It seems to be a consistent thing we struggle with."
Stranding base runners is another issue for a young Panthers team that typically starts five sophomores and two to three freshmen.
"We've talked about getting the timely hit," Boster said. "We seem to be able to get guys on base with less than two outs, but we just can't get that timely hit. We move them around and get them on second or third, but then we help (the opposition) out by not being really selective at the plate."
With a young squad, Boster said it's been a challenge to keep spirits up while losses mount.
"That's one of the hardest things we have to deal with right now is the emotions they go through," he said. "They're not able to forget mistakes and move on as quickly as we'd like them to, but it's a work in progress and we're not giving up on them."
CHESAPEAKE 000 000 0 -- 0 4 1
FAIRLAND 100 103 x -- 5 8 1
Bias and Ashworth; Raines and Scheiblehood
Hitting: (C) Henson 2-3, 2B; (F) Raines, 2B, RBI, Sowards 3B, Russell 2-3, 3B, RBI.