Fort Frye baseball splits with Barnesville
BEVERLY — With tournament time almost here, Fort Frye entertained Barnesville Saturday as the two talented Division III East District teams squared off in a doubleheader.
The Cadets took game one, 4-3, while the Shamrocks won the second contest by a score of 5-3. There’s a realistic chance it won’t be the last time the two clubs meet this season.
“They’re a very quality ballclub, very well coached,” Fort Frye skipper Trey Engle said of Barnesville. “Hopefully we see each other in the tournament.”
The Cadets celebrated senior day, and 12th-grader Seth Miller enjoyed a special moment in game one. After throwing seven strong innings on the mound, Miller came to bat in the bottom of the seventh with the game tied at 3-3. With Maeson Long in scoring position, Miller poked a walkoff single to right field to give Fort Frye the victory.
“It was something fun to see,” Engle said. “Seth, he made sure he got that win.
“He got some big outs when he needed them. He just battled all game. We had some errors in the field but he overcame all that and he had a good, quality win.”
Miller struck out six and walked two.
Behind the right arms of Jake Edwards and Gavin Carpenter, Barnesville took game two. Edwards started and threw the first four innings to earn the win while Carpenter tossed three scoreless frames to pick up the save.
“I feel good about our arms going forward,” said Barnesville head coach D.J. Butler. “Our pitchers have been keeping us in games and getting us wins all year.”
Ayden Hannahs and Noah Strauss had RBI singles in the first inning and Carpenter had a sac fly to give the Shamrocks a quick 3-0 lead.
Fort Frye got one back in the bottom of the first on Ian Ellis’ RBI base knock, but Barnesville answered the next half-inning when Edwards’ base hit plated Spencer Bliss.
Cam Tennant, who pitched a complete game with two walks and four punchouts in the loss, came up with a two-run single in the fourth to get the Cadets within 4-3, but some defensive lapses by Fort Frye in the top of the fifth led to another Barnesville run. Both teams struggled in the field in game two as they combined for seven errors (Barnesville 4, Fort Frye 3).
“Defensively, it’s as sloppy as we’ve played all year,” Butler said. “We left some outs on the field and made our pitchers throw some extra pitches. We haven’t been making (errors) all year, so hopefully today was just an abnormal day for us.”
Barnesville’s defense made up for it in the seventh, as shortstop C.J. Hannahs led a game-ending 6-4-3 double play to secure the win.
The Shamrocks are now 16-5 overall this season while Fort Frye moved to 14-9 and will visit Morgan Monday.
The Cadets honored their eight seniors — Miller, Eric Isner, Kelton Fogle, Nic Hart (who drew a walk in his first varsity plate appearance Saturday), Damian Huck, Michael Lenhart, Connor Logan and Logan Wagner.
“They went through a lot,” Engle said of the group. “They overcame a lot. I just got done telling them how much they did for the program. At the beginning of the year, we weren’t sure how many kids we were actually going to have after missing a year and this and that. This senior group really stepped up and I’m proud of them.”