By: Connor Canfield
Elyria, Ohio- Fairview came into Saturday’s matchup against Open Door hungry for a win. A seven-run first inning put any thought of losing in the rearview mirror as they defeated the Open Door Patriots 11-4. The Warriors were backed by a complete-game effort from senior Tyler Danburg on the hill.
Fairview came into the first inning blazing scoring seven runs. Josh Hill opened things up after being hit by a pitch which was followed by three straight singles. An Enrique Lopez RBI walk would be followed by another three singles. The Warriors would go through the entire order without picking up an out but the second time wouldn’t be kind and they would finally be put down. A leadoff single for the Patriots would be nullified as Danburg retired the next three.
The top of the second would be very uneventful compared to the first as the Warriors would leave two stranded. The defense would get a little sloppy in the bottom of the second allowing the Patriots to score two unearned runs making it 7-2.
The top of the third was much like the second as the Warriors threatened but left them loaded. Danburg looked like he was going to get around a leadoff single by picking up two straight strikeouts but a nice single from the cleanup hitter got the leadoff guy home to chip the lead down to 7-3.
Timmy Hollander would lead off the fourth with a single and an error in the outfield let him make it to third. A nice sacrifice bunt by Sean McNamara would get a run back for the Warriors. The Patriots would come and grab that run right back however in the bottom of the fourth.
The Warriors would get a couple on to start the fifth before Enrique Lopez laced an RBI single. Nolan Reis, who was pinch-hitting for an injured Alex Barnhart, would bring home another run on a sac bunt before McNamara would drop another perfect bunt down and beat out the throw to bring home another making the score 11-4. The Patriots would go down in order in the fifth.
Despite a Josh Hill double in the sixth the Warriors would not capitalize. Danburg would toss another perfect inning, making the Patriots go down in order.
The Warriors would load the bases in the seventh once again but they couldn’t convert. Danburg would do everything himself in the bottom of the seventh, striking out the first two before catching the game-ending popup. That popup was his eleventh straight batter retired. He finished the game only allowing four hits and striking out seven. Timmy Hollander had himself a day on the plate going 4-4 and driving in a run while Sean McNamara would lead the team in runs batted in with three.
The Warriors picked up a much-needed win to improve to 2-5 (0-4 GLC) on the year. They will be back in action Monday against Bay. Open Door falls to 1-4 and will face Lincoln West Monday.
Tyler Danburg 7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K
Josh Hill (SS) 2-3 RBI 2B BB
Ben Leslie (C) 1-5
Tyler Danburg (P) 2-4 BB
Jack Burke (1B) 1-3 RBI 2 BB
Enrique Lopez (LF) 1-4 2 RBI BB
Timmy Hollander (CF) 4-4 RBI BB
Alex Barnhart (3B) 1-2 2 RBI
PH Nolan Reis (2B) 0-1 RBI BB
Sean McNamara (2B, 3B) 2-3 3 RBI
Avery Bruening (RF) 0-4 BB