By: Connor Canfield
Elyria, Ohio- Fairview got a taste of a new opponent on Monday evening as they faced the Elyria Catholic Panthers for the first time since joining the Great Lakes Conference. The Panthers would get the best of the Warriors defeating them 7-0 in a game that felt a lot closer than it actually was. The big thing of the game would be the bizarre fourth inning.
The Panthers would lock in early as they would send the Warriors down in order in the top of the first, The Warriors would respond in kind as they sent the Panthers packing in order.
Elyria Catholic would once again make quick work of the Warriors as they tossed another perfect inning. The Warriors would work around a leadoff single to keep the Panthers off the board.
Mikey Rizzo would become Fairview’s first baserunner after he reached first on an error. The Panthers would stand strong and work around Rizzo to keep the score knotted at zero. Elyria Catholic would jumpstart the offense scoring three in the bottom half of the inning.
The fourth inning would be truly bizarre. EC would retire the first two Warriors. Then Jack Burke would come up and turn on a fastball. The ball would be caught about a foot short of the wall by the left fielder, where he would proceed to tumble over the wall. The Panthers would run off the field but Fairview would come out and say that because the ball went over the wall after the left fielder was carried over it by his momentum, it should be counted as a home run. After a discussion, the umpires would signal home run, prompting the Fairview bench to explode. EC would go out for an explanation and would continue to argue, prompting the home plate umpire to leave the field and head to his car to perhaps check a rule book or call a supervisor. After about a twenty-minute delay, the home plate umpire would return and signal out, much to the chagrin of Fairview. That out would end up ending the inning. The Panthers would add two more runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Despite a hit by pitch and a single, EC would put another zero on the board. Fairview would work around a leadoff single to keep the Panthers off the board in the bottom half of the inning.
The Panthers would once again work around a base runner in the top of the sixth to keep Fairview off the board. EC would go on to add another couple of runs in the bottom of the sixth.
EC would shut the door on Fairview in the top of the seventh to seal the victory. The game could’ve been a little closer but a couple of missed plays and a lack of hits would allow the Panthers to extend the lead.
Fairview falls to 5-10 (3-8 GLC) with the loss. They will get their rematch right away, as the Panthers come to Bohlken tomorrow.
Josh Hill (SS) 0-2 BB
Timmy Hollander (CF) 0-3
Tyler Danburg (C) 0-3
Jack Burke (1B) 0-3
Enrique Lopez (LF) 0-3
Ben Leslie (P) 0-3
Alex Barnhart (3B) 0-1 HBP
PH Connor Canfield 0-1
Mikey Rizzo (RF) 1-2
Sean McNamara (2B) 0-2