DAYTON — It took a while for them to warm up, but when the Skyhawks bats caught fire there was seemingly nothing they couldn’t hit. Fairborn’s bat propelled them to a convincing win over a talented Sidney Lehman Catholic team 14-3, Saturday at Fifth Third Field.
It was a special day for the Fairborn squad (5-1), getting to play at the home of the Dayton Dragons minor league professional team in front of friends and family. The Cavaliers (5-1) also came into the day undefeated, and Fairborn coach Josh Patrick said it was going to be a good test for his squad.
“Our bats were a little bit slow early on, and Lehman had their ace on the mound,” he said. “That lefty is a good pitcher and we actually shifted up our lineups a little bit and got our subs in and they were the ones who actually came through for us and got us rolling a little bit.”
Patrick said that, after the subs got the ball rolling, it helped get the starters hitting the ball. After getting just two hits and no runs in the first three innings and entering the top of the fourth down 1-0, the Skyhawks scored four runs in each of the remaining four innings.
“Our bats were just alive today and that’s a great Lehman Catholic team. They’ve won districts the past six out of eight years, so that’s a really storied program and they’re well coached too. So this is really a big time win for us,” he said.
Fairborn finished the day with 14 hits. Austin Krug, Stephen Coghlan and Ty Boedicker each had three RBIs in the game. Krug batted in three runners in the fourth, Coghlan knocked in one in the fifth and two in the sixth, and Boedicker drove in three in the seventh. Coghlan finished 3-for-3 and all three of his hits were doubles.
Junior Sean Addis, freshman Ryan Profitt and Coghlan pitched relief in the final three and a half innings and held Lehman Catholic to three hits and two runs. The big man Profitt took the mound in the sixth, fanning two batters and forcing another to ground out.
The Cavaliers started the game off solid, getting on base but not producing many runs, but Fairborn’s defense was enough to hold them off the scoreboard. Lehman had three errors and three balks in the game, two of which scored Fairborn runners.
Patrick said that a win like this will really help his teams’ confidence.
“These guys are starting to believe in themselves.”
The Skyhawks are back in action on the road against Miamisburg at 5 p.m. today at Toadvine Field.