WELCH - Fairland opened its 2008 baseball season with a bang Thursday, rolling to a 16-5 victory over Welch.
“We were without a couple starters, so we had some kids who came in and produced,” Fairland coach Jerry Johnson said. “I was really pleased with how some of the kids did at the plate.”
The Owls collected 15 hits and took advantage of numerous Welch errors.
Leadoff hitter Seth Bunce led the way, going 5-for-5 with three RBIs and five runs scored.
“That's what you are looking for out of your leadoff hitter,” Johnson said.
“We just had too many errors,” Welch coach Bill Rogers said. “They hurt us all day long.”
Fairland took a 2-1 lead in the first inning and never looked back.
The Owls scored five runs in the top of the second, added a single run in the third, scored four times in the fifth and generated a final three runs in the sixth inning.
Welch got its final three runs in the fifth.
In addition to the perfect day by Bunce, the Owls received a double and single from Casey Robertson, two singles from Reid Van Hoose and singles from Stevie Nowlin, Jesse Drosche, Brett Blalock, Jordan Alexander, Blake Robertson and Aaron Gleidt.
Welch had eight hits - two singles each by Kyle Chenoweth and Brett Warner and singles by Gabe Moore, Seth Riley, Tyler Sherrick and Austin McKeon.
“We had runners - we just had a hard time moving them,” Rogers said. “We hit the ball pretty well.”
Robertson picked up the victory in relief of Drosche. Each worked three innings.
Riley suffered the loss. McKeon pitched the final two innings.
The Wildcats (1-2) suffered a 15-8 loss at Barnsdall Saturday.
“We outhit them 10-7, but every time they had runners in scoring position, we would make an error,” Rogers said.
The Panthers had eight hits, all singles, against Chenoweth and Clayton Kelley.
“We had a lot of baserunning mistakes,” Rogers said. “We had three really good chances but ran ourselves out of them.”
The Cats ran into a triple play in the third inning, Rogers said.
Chenoweth had a two-run homer in the fifth inning, his second of the season, and a single while driving in three runs.
Moore had two doubles and Sherrick chipped in with two singles.
Chance Sandusky and McKeon doubled while Kelley and Riley added singles.
Welch was scheduled to play at Quapaw today. Fairland travels to Oaks Monday.