PARKERSBURG-Former New York Yankees' manager Billy Martin was famous for introducing "Billy Ball" to professional baseball.
Veteran Fort Frye head coach Sonny Bidwell won't admit it, but his Cadets have made a habit of playing "Sonny Bally" as Fort Frye improved to 12-1 on the season with a 5-0 shutout over host Parkersburg South at Hank Greenburg Field on Monday.
"I wouldn't say that," Bidwell laughed. "We believe in moving our runners around, playing good defense and getting good pitching."
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Fort Frye's Chandler Lang tags Parkersburg South's Dylan Cress in a rundown Monday. Fort Frye scored a 5-0 victory
The Cadets received all three on Monday as sophomore pitcher Derek Layton hurled a complete-game, two-hitter to improve to 4-0 on the season while the visitors touched up Patriots starter Tyler Berry for six hits and three runs and reliever Matt Simmons for three hits and two runs as South dropped to 5-11 on the campaign with a road game at Cambridge today.
"Their kid (Layton) pitched a really good game," Parkersburg South manager Mall Null said. "We hit four or five pretty good line drives, but every time they had us played right."
Fort Frye got all the runs it would need in the third inning.
Leadoff hitter Bradley Martin got things rolling by working a base on balls off of the Patriots' Berry. The Parkersburg South hurler fought back to strikeout Trent Bradford, but then surrendered a one-out single to Chandler Lang that put runners on the corner.
Cadets first baseman Isaac Klinger followed with the first of two extra base hits by the visitors on the evening as he laced a double over the head of the Patriots' left fielder to plate Martin and Lang. Layton, who went 3-for-4 on the day, followed with a single to bring in Klinger.
Those would be all the runs Layton would need as the Fort Frye pitcher allowed only two singles and one walk while recording five strikeouts in the complete game victory.
"I was just able to get ahead of the hitters and my defense was playing well behind me," said Layton. "Any time you can get a lead early, it allows you to relax and makes it easier to make plays."
And, that is just what the Cadets' pitcher did as he retired the Patriots in order in the fourth, fifth and seventh inning while allowing only one runner to reach base in the sixth-South right fielder Kyle Thompson reached on an error by the Cadets' third baseman.
"We made some excellent defensive plays out there tonight," added Bidwell. "This was a big win for us. It's an OVAC game and we are locked in a tight battle with Linsly, Bellaire and Magnolia."
Fort Frye put the game away with a pair of runs in its half of the seventh.
Layton got things started with a single and scored on Colten Shuster's triple. The Cadets' second baseman then scored the final run of the game when Terren Huck laced a single down the right field line.
"Two weeks ago against University we couldn't do anything wrong," said Null. "Tonight, we couldn't do anything right. The good thing is that we did not commit an error and that may be a first for us this year."