The Fairland Owls pulled out a big 13-2 win over Lucky 7 rivals the Afton Eagles Wednesday in the opening round of the Quapaw Baseball Tournament.
Casey Robertson picked up the win for the Fighting Owls. The senior right-hander faced 18 batters in four innings giving up three hits while fanning nine Eagle swingers. The final two innings were both three and out affairs for the Afton bats.
“Casey Robertson continued to pitch well for us,” Fairland head coach Jerry Johnson said. “He worked ahead in the count most of the day.”
It was Robertson’s third win of the season.
The Fairland bats were quiet in the first two innings although Afton errors allowed the Fighting Owls to put up two runs in the first; one by Seth Bunce when he stole home on a wild pitch.
In the fourth inning the Owls began cranking out the hits at a furious pace. Cale Schumacher and Stevie Nowlin began the inning with base hits and were then driven home by a hit from Yancey Lett. Later in the inning Jordan Alexander produced a 2-RBI hit that brought in Lett and Robertson. The finale of the inning, and the game, was a three-run homer by Schumacher that brought in Reid Vanhoose and Bunce.
"Offensively, I felt like we missed a few chances early in the game to score runs,” Johnson said. “Keaton (Afton pitcher Jacob Keaton) was doing a good job of keeping us off balance early. Cale and Reid both had success at the plate collecting five hits between the two of them. Cale also picked up his first homerun of the season to end the game.”
Vanhoose went three for three on the afternoon with a double in the second inning. Vanhoose produced two RBI’s off a single in the third.
Alexander went 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs.
Schumacher went 2 for 2 with a homer, 2 RBI’s, and 3 runs.
Lett went 1 for 2 with 2 RBI’s and a run.
The Owls continue in the Quapaw Tournament today.