By: Connor Canfield
Bay Village, Ohio- It was an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel at Bay High Monday night as the Fairview Warriors picked up their first GLC win of the season after defeating Bay 2-1. Two runs in the second inning was all Fairview needed before they rode a strong pitching performance from Ben Leslie.
Fairview would start the top of the first with two straight outs before Tyler Danburg would be drilled in the head. Fortunately, he was fine but they would not do anything with him. Leslie would retire the first two before letting the next two on but he would strike out the five-hole hitter to escape the jam.
After Timmy Hollander singled with one out, the Rockets would walk two more Warriors before Josh Hill would bang a single down the third-base line to plate two. Ben Leslie would walk the leadoff Rocket but Tyler Danburg had his back as he threw an absolute laser down to second to catch him stealing. Leslie would once again work out of trouble as he let two more on base before retiring the next batter.
Fairview would be retired in order in the third inning. Bay would once again put two on and Leslie would not be able to escape unharmed this time as the Rockets would plate one on an RBI single.
The Warriors would imitate the third inning and go down in order once again. The Rockets would pick up a two-out single but no damage would come.
Fairview would threaten in the fifth as Avery Bruening would be hit and Josh Hill would get on base via the only Rocket error, but Bay would turn two to end things. Bay would once again pick up a two-out single but nothing would come of it.
It was another great inning for the Rockets as they sent the Warriors down in order in the top of the sixth. The Warriors would respond with a one-two-three inning of their own as they sent Bay down in order.
The Warriors couldn’t muster any offense in the top of the seventh. After a leadoff walk, Leslie was pulled and Sean McNamara would be inserted. Bay would threaten as a bunt single would put two on with no outs. McNamara would respond as he picked up two huge outs. An error would load the bases but McNamara would strike out the final Rocket to seal the game.
It was another great outing for Ben Leslie. He went for six solid innings and struck out a batter. Sean McNamara would come in during a high-pressure situation and would pick up the save, his first on the year. Josh Hill would come up huge in the second inning as his two-out, two-RBI single would be all Fairview needed.
Fairview wins their second straight and improves to 3-5 (1-4 GLC). They will run it back with Bay tomorrow evening. Bay falls to 5-4 (3-2 GLC).
Ben Leslie 6.0 IP 1 ER 5 H 5 BB 1 K
Sean McNamara 1.0 IP 1 H 1 K
WP: Ben Leslie (2-1)
Save: Sean McNamara (1)
Josh Hill (SS) 1-3 2 RBI
Ben Leslie (P, RF) 0-3
Tyler Danburg (C) 0-2
Jack Burke (1B) 0-3
Enrique Lopez (LF) 0-3
Timmy Hollander (CF) 1-3
Alex Barnhart (3B) 0-3
Sean McNamara (2B) 0-2 BB
Avery Bruening (RF) 0-1 BB