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Rowan capitalizes off Fairview miscues
April 7, 2014By Brad Laux of 1016sports
Saturday, Mar. 22 -- No. 5 Rowan County (2-0) took advantage of seven walks surrendered by Fairview pitchers and four errors committed by Eagle fielders to pull out a 10-5 victory in 16th Region baseball action on Saturday in Morehead.
With the hosts holding a 2-1 lead, the Vikings scored five times in the bottom of the third and twice more in the fourth to pull away. It was the 19th win in the last 25 games for Rowan, which won its first home opener since 2011. Additionally, the Vikings ran its record against Fairview (1-2) to 6-0 since 2007.
Rowan, which has out-scored its two 2014 opponents 33-2, collected two RBIs apiece from sophomore shortstop Cameron Planck and senior catcher Blake Barhorst. Planck’s two-run double gave the hosts a 3-1 lead and began the team’s five-run third inning. Later in the frame, Planck scored on a wild pitch. Barhorst drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the first and then added a sacrifice fly in the fourth.
Despite starting the game with hits from its first three batters, Fairview struggled to connect off Viking pitcher John Curry (five innings, one run, four hits, six strikeouts and no walks). The Eagles hurt themselves with fielding miscues, which led to five unearned runs, including four of the first seven plated by the hosts.
Tanner Hopson led Rowan with a 2-for-4 offensive performance. Planck and David Sachs each scored twice. Alex Roy finished with two hits and an RBI to lead Fairview at the plate. Tyler Thacker relieved Curry to start the sixth and finished the game. He allowed one run off one hit and struck out two. Austin Harris was saddled with the loss. He allowed three earned runs off three hits in three innings of work. Despite Rowan’s significant advantage on the scoreboard, the hosts only out-hit the Eagles 6-5.
Pre-game notes: Saturday baseball Fairview (1-1 at No. 5 Rowan County (1-0) at 11 a.m. It will be the Vikings’ home opener and the first of two straight games for the team at the Morehead City Park. Rowan is coming off a 23-0 road victory over Breathitt County on Thursday. Last year’s Vikings started the season slowly, but gained traction late (with 12 wins in its final 16 games and 17 wins in its last 23 outings) and finished with a 19-18 record. The team has won its last two home games, which came in early May of last spring. The Eagles opened their season on Thursday by dropping a 4-3 road decision to Raceland. They followed up last night with a 17-2 win at home over Tolsia, W.Va. Fairview posted a 5-20 overall mark last year. The Eagles were 1-12 on the road in 2013 and have dropped their last nine contests away from home. The team’s last true road win came on May 17, 2012 at Morgan County (23-14). In the last meeting between RCHS and FHS, Rowan defeated Fairview 5-4 at Russell on May 11, 2013. The Vikings also won 1-0 at home in May of 2012 and defeated the Eagles 6-1 a few days earlier again at Russell. RC has not lost to Fairview during coach Jason Davis’ three-year tenure. In total, the Vikings have won the last five meetings between the two clubs. The Eagles’ most recent win in the series came on Apr. 20, 2006, (13-3) in Westwood. Over the last 12 years, Rowan is 7-1 overall and 2-0 at home against Fairview.