By: Connor Canfield
The first four innings were not very kind to Fairview on Monday. The Warriors couldn’t get a hit and the defense was struggling. However, the last three innings were very kind to the Warriors and allowed them to storm back from a 7-0 deficit to stun Holy Name 8-7.
Sean McNamara got the start for the Warriors and was pretty solid. He navigated through the first by sending the Green Wave down in order. However, Holy Name would respond by sending Fairview down in return.
An error to begin the inning would cost Fairview as Holy Name would take advantage of the extra out and pick up an RBI double to make it 1-0. Despite Jack Burke and Enrique Lopez being hit by pitches to open the bottom half of the second, the Green Wave would keep the Warriors off the board.
Holy Name would add another in the third, taking advantage of some extra opportunities. After opening up the bottom of the third with two straight strikeouts, Holy Name would walk the next three Warriors to load the bases. However, Fairview couldn’t bring any home and would trail 2-0 going into the fourth.
Holy Name would explode in the fourth taking advantage of arguably the worst defensive inning for Fairview of the entire season. They would extend their lead to 5-0. Fairview would put another zero on the board in the bottom half.
The Green Wave would add another two in the fifth as they once again took advantage of extra opportunities given to them by Fairview. However, Fairview showed life. Sean McNamara and Josh Hill would pick up back-to-back infield singles to begin the bottom half. These would be the first Warrior hits of the game. A Timmy Hollander fly ball would be just out of the reach of the center fielder to bring home two on the RBI double. Tyler Danburg would bring home Hollander on an RBI single. Despite the next three striking out for Fairview, Danburg made his way around the bases on a combination of passed balls and wild pitches before showing blazing speed on the final wild pitch to score the final run of the inning. Going into the sixth Fairview would trail 7-4.
Jay Foose would come on to relieve McNamara in the sixth and would be excellent. He would get three groundouts to work through the inning, only walking one batter. Ben Leslie would single to begin the bottom half of the inning, before advancing to second on a passed ball. Mikey Rizzo would pinch hit for Nolan Reis and would bring Leslie home as his grounder to third was thrown away. A bunt by Sean McNamara would move Rizzo over to second. Josh Hill would then pick up a walk. After a strikeout, Tyler Danburg would step up the plate. He quickly fell behind in the count and got a fastball that he just fouled down the line. He didn’t miss the next pitch however as he got a breaking ball right down the heart of the plate that he crushed into the right-center gap that would tie the game. A passed ball and a wild pitch would allow Danburg to then come home and give Fairview the lead at 8-7. The Green Wave would put Jack Burke away but the Warriors had come all the way back scoring four runs in back-to-back innings.
The pressure would then be on the defense in the seventh and they play beautifully. Sean McNamara would move to third after his pitching day and would make a nice throw over to Burke at first for the first out. Burke would make the next play as he somehow managed to field a ground ball that turned right at the very last moment, twisting his glove to make the play. Jay Foose would then catch a liner right back at him for the third out of the game to earn the win and the save on the mound.
Fairview advances to 5-7 (3-5 GLC) with the win on Monday. They are supposed to play tomorrow at home against Valley Forge, but snow expected tonight will likely postpone that game. Their next chance after that would be in a rematch against the Green Wave. Holy Name drops to 3-8 (3-5 GLC) and has tomorrow off before their rematch with the Warriors.
Sean McNamara 5.0 IP 5 H 7 R 6 ER 2 K 4 BB
Jay Foose 2.0 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 0 K 1 BB
WP: Jay Foose (1-0)
Save: Jay Foose (1)
Josh Hill (SS) 1-2 2 BB
Timmy Hollander (CF) 1-3 2 RBI 2B BB
Tyler Danburg (C) 2-3 3 RBI 2B BB
Jack Burke (1B) 0-3
Enrique Lopez (LF) 0-2
Alex Barnhart (3B) 0-2 BB
PH Jay Foose (P) 0-0
Ben Leslie (RF) 1-3
Nolan Reis (2B) 0-2
PH Mikey Rizzo (DH) 0-1
Sean McNamara (P, 3B) 1-2