A two-out, three-run homer courtesy of senior Yancey Lett pushed Fairland past Commerce Tuesday by a 5-2 count after eight innings in Lucky Seven play at Fighting Owl Field.
Lett also collected the win on the mound after closing out the final three innings. The hurler struck out five batters and gave up three hits to up his season mark to 3-0.
“This was a tough game for us,” said FHS Baseball Head Coach Jerry Johnson. “We have been hitting the ball pretty well lately but we simply did not come through at the plate tonight when we needed to with two outs, except in the eighth inning when Yancey hit the walk-off.”
The Owls (7-0, 2A #13) host Oklahoma Union today.
Tuesday’s game featured a defensive battle before Lett’s eighth-inning heroics.
“Blake Witten (Commerce starter) pitched a very good game against us and kept us off balance,” Johnson said.
Witten held the Owl bats to seven hits and recorded four strikeouts while going the eight-inning distance for the Tigers.
Fairland posted two runs in the third. Cale Schumacher, who went 3 for 5 on the day, stole home for a score after reaching on a double. Later in the inning Lett, who reached base on a walk, scored a run on a Tiger error.
Commerce answered with a solitary run in the fourth and then again in the seventh. Mike Morgan scored on a wild pitch after reaching base on a walk in the fourth inning. At the top of the seventh Braden Smith reached on a single and scored a tying run when teammate Tyler Maxville grounded out to short.