FAIRLAND – Collecting 18 hits while generating 22 runs, Fairland opened its baseball season on the right foot Saturday with a double-header sweep of Bluejacket.
The Owls rolled to a 14-0 victory in the opener, then chalked up an 8-3 decision in the nightcap.
"We have a lot of young kids," Fairland's Chad Ross said. Ross succeeds Jerry Johnson as the Owls' coach. "We're learning as we go. We have some players, but they just don't have a lot of experience."
Junior right-hander K.C. Jones struck out 14 and blanked Bluejacket on no hits.
The Chieftains had four baserunners, two on hit batters and two via errors.
"K.C. threw really well in the first game,Ó Ross said. "He threw a lot of strikes."
He hit the first two batters in the top of the second inning, Dylan Collins and Charlie Reeves, but struck out the next three batters.
"That shows some character," Ross said.
The Owls led 3-0 after the first then picked up seven runs in the second, the key blows a two-run triple by Jones and a two-run double by Dillon Seaman. Caleb Reynolds and Destry Riley added RBI singles.
Fairland scored another five times in the third. Rusty Crosby had an RBI double and Kolton Selsor added a run-scoring single.
Selsor and Riley had two hits apiece while Jones, Jared Johnson, Crosby, Caleb Reynolds, Cody Drosche and Dillon Seaman each had a hit.
In the second game, Bluejacket grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Austin Stoner walked, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch by freshman pitcher Derek Goins.
The Owls countered with three runs in the bottom of the first and added two more tallies in the third.
The teams combined for five runs in the fourth inning.
"We had to manufacture things a little more, but that's good,Ó Ross said.
Goins pitched the first 2 1/3 innings to get the win.
"He struggled to throw strikes, but he battled through it," Ross said.
Crosby needed only two pitches to end the Chieftains' half of the inning thanks to a double play.
Jones had a double and single for Fairland, Kyle Crockett had a triple while Selsor and Reynolds double. Johnson and Crosby chipped in with a single each.
Reeves doubled and Coltin Smith and T.K. Francis added singles.
Fairland hosts Wyandotte on Tuesday.