By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
Although schools are back in session this week, Fairview’s bats seemed to still be at the beach as the Aggies fell to Oneonta 9-3 at home in the first game of a pivotal area series on Monday.
The loss drops Fairview’s record to 13-7 overall.
“We clearly weren’t up for this game today,” coach Curt Alexander said of his squad. “I told them afterward we are 13-2 when we get up for the games and 0-5 when we don’t.”
The Redskins’ Blake O’Bryant was sensational on the mound, yielding just two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings, while striking out six batters and walking two.
“We certainly made him look good,” Alexander said.
Oneonta got on the board in the first inning when Aggie starter Luke Bailey gave up a two-out, run-scoring hit on an 0-2 count that staked the Redskins to a 1-0 lead.
The third inning is where things took a turn for the worse for Alexander’s team.
After an RBI double extended Oneonta’s advantage to 2-0, Fairview had a chance to get out of some two-out trouble, but a throwing error by third baseman Devon Parker allowed another run to cross the plate.
Unfortunately for the Aggies, the Redskins went on to add five more runs in the frame to blow the game open.
“It’s hard to overcome giving up six runs in an inning,” Alexander said. “It’s hard to do it mentally. You can’t make mistakes like that and win these kind of games.”
Meanwhile, O’Bryant had all the run support he needed as the sidewinder mowed down the Aggies’ lineup in the first four innings before giving up his first hit of the game — a Parker single up the middle — in the fifth inning.
Fairview’s three runs all came in the seventh inning when the game was all but out of reach.
Lane Denny came around to score on a wild pitch after drawing a leadoff walk. Mason Smith’s RBI double drove in Jake Chandler to make it 9-2 before an infield hit by Dexton Gregory made it a six-run deficit.
That was all the Aggies could muster, however, as Bryant Powers flew out to right field to end the game.
Fairview will head to Oneonta tomorrow with its sights set on taking the series with the Redskins.
“I want to beat Oneonta,” Alexander said. “We haven’t beaten them since I’ve been here. Hopefully we can have a short turnaround tomorrow, jump on them early and be up for the game.”
Gregory finished with two hits, while teammates Trent Shoemaker and Bailey each added one apiece to round out the Aggies’ offense.
% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 257 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.