KETCHUM — Mother Nature did something three other teams at the Ketchum Hardball Classic couldn’t do — slow down Fairland.
Heavy rain Friday night forced tournament director Mark Knoten to postpone Saturday’s schedule. It’s not known if any of the games will be rescheduled.
The Owls were to have battled Pawnee in the championship game after beating Foyil 7-2 in their final Pool A game Friday morning.
“We really wanted to play them,” Fairland coach Jerry Johnson said. “They are from the other side of the state and we wanted to see how we did. Many of our players had this as one of the goals they wished to accomplish this year.”
Sophomore right-hander Jesse Drosche went the distance to pick up the victory against Foyil. He struck out 11 and walked four while scattering four hits.
“Jesse pitched well for us in his first varsity start of the year,” Johnson said.
“It was a close game until late and he stayed very composed on the mound.”
The Owls (6-0) were up 3-0 until Foyil scratched out single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Fairland got an unearned run in the sixth. Jon Henry led of f with a single and moved to second when the ball was misplayed. Zach Needham walked.
Henry was forced out at third when Jacob Bryant hit into a fielder’s choice. Blake Robertson hit into another force play, this time with Bryant erased. Needham scored on a throwing error.
The Owls took charge by scoring three times in the seventh inning.
Stevie Nowlin was hit by a pitch and stole second. Yancey Lett followed with a single. Nowlin scored on a single by Jordan Alexander.
Two runs scored when a ball hit by Henry was misplayed.
“At the plate, we got impatient and lifted a lot of fly balls when I felt like we needed to make their pitcher work more,” Johnson said. :We made a lot of contact, but I felt like too many of us were hitting his pitch instead of ours.”
Henry went 3 for 4 for the Owls. He singled home a run in the first. Lett chipped in with a pair of singles. Blalock had a double and Robertson and Alexander added singles.
Fairland is idle until Tuesday, when it hosts Commerce.