KETCHUM — Fairland picked up its second win in the Ketchum Hardball Classic Thursday with an 8-0 romp against the host Warriors.
The Owls (5-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning then continued to pull away.
Winning pitcher Stevie Nowlin hit the first batter and walked the next, but settled down and allowed only three baserunners the rest of the game.
“Stevie started a little rough with free passes to the first two Ketchum hitters, but he recovered quickly,” Fairland coach Jerry Johnson said. “He did a good job to work out of that situation in the first and then settled in and pitched well.”
Nowlin, a senior right-hander, struck out 11 and walked just one batter. He scattered three hits.
Cale Schumacher got the Owls’ first-inning rally started when he reached on an error with one out.
He scored on a single by Yancey Lett, then Brett Blalock added an RBI single.
Fairland picked up three more runs in the fourth, the key blow a two-run hit by Jacob Bryant.
The Owls got their final runs in the fifth inning with a two-out rally.
Nowlin led off with a single, but Lett popped up and Jordan Alexander grounded out.
Brett Blalock walked, then Jon Henry drilled an RBI single. A walk to Jacob Bryant forced in courtesy runner Tyler Spencer with the final run.
“Offensively, we did a good job of getting it in play throughout the lineup, but for the most part, Ketchum did a good job on defense,” Johnson said.
Blalock had a double and single to head up the Fairland attack.
Commerce topped Foyil 5-1 in the other Pool A contest.
The Owls are 2-0 in the pool while Ketchum and Commerce are 1-1. Foyil fell to 0-2.
In Pool B play Thursday, it was Chelsea 14, Northeastern Oklahoma Association of Homeschoolers 1, and Pawnee 6, Salina 4. Pawnee is 2-0, Chelsea and Salina 1-1 and NOAH is 0-2.
Today’s schedule includes Ketchum vs. Commerce at 10 a.m., Fairland vs. Foyil at noon, Chelsea vs. Salina at 2 p.m. and NOAH vs. Pawnee at 4 p.m.
The seventh-place game will be Saturday at noon, followed by the fifth-place game at 2 p.m., the third-place game at 4 p.m. and the title game at 6 p.m.