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Seniors help give Flyers win

St. Joseph Flyers’ Jackson Rowe (14) slides safely into home plate to score a run in a 9-1 win over the Fairland Dragons on Tuesday. (Photo Courtesy of Tim Gearhart)

Jim Walker
jim.walker@irontontribune.com

Now, that’s what you call a senior night.
All four St. Joseph seniors contributed as the Flyers beat the Fairland Dragons 9-1 on Tuesday.
Senior Clay Willis pitched a three-hitter, stuck out nine and walked four in getting the win.
“It’s nice to win on senior night. Willis pitched a good game, (Chase) Walters had hit, Brycen Canter made two nice plays in the outfield and Ryan Scaife knocked in a run,” said Flyers’ coach Greg Bryant.
St. Joseph (12-3) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jackson Rowe walked, stole second, moved to third on a hit by Isaac Whaley and scored on a wild pitch.
The lead went to 5-0 in the third.
Rowe walked, stole second and scored on Willis’ double. Whaley walked, both moved up on a wild pitch and a balk scored a run. Walters reached on a missed third strike as a run score.
Walters moved up on a passed ball and scored on Trae Crabtree’s sacrifice fly.
The Flyers got a run in the fourth when Rowe singled, moved to second on a bad throw and scored on Whaley’s double.
Fairland got a run in the fifth when Reilly Sowards walked, Gavin Hunt put down a sacrifice and Eli Bowen had an RBI double.
The Flyers got the run back in the bottom of the inning.
Crabtree doubled, J.C. Damron singled and Scaife hit a sacrifice fly scoring pinch-runner Izsak Unger.
The final two runs scored in the sixth when Rowe, Willis and Whaley all walked and Walters and Crabtree had RBI singles.
Rowe went 2-2, Whaley 2-2 with an RBI and Crabtree 2-2 with a double an RBI.
Bowen and Sowards were 1-2 and Dairus Stapleton 1-3 to account for Fairland’s offense.
St. Joseph visits South Gallia on Wednesday.
Fairland 000 010 0 = 1 3 2
St. Joseph 104 112 x = 9 9 0
Kyle Rankin, Eli Bowen (3) and Tucker Adkins. Clay Willis and Jackson Rowe. W-Willis (K-9, BB-4, ER-1). L-Rankin (IP-2.1, H-2, R-5, ER-4, K-4, BB-6). Bowen (IP-3.2, H-7, R-4, ER-3, K-1, BB-2). Hitting-FHS: Eli Bowen 1-2 2B rbi, Dairus Stapleton 1-3 2B, Reilly Sowards 1-2; St. Joe: Jackson Rowe 2-2, Clay Willis 1-3 2B rbi, Isaac Whaley 2-2 rbi, Chase Walters 1-4 2-rbi, Trae Crabtree 2-2 2B rbi, J.C. Damron 1-3, Ryan Scaife rbi.