Jim Ellis

The News-Record

FAIRLAND — A three-run homer by Yancey Lett with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning gave Fairland a 5-2 victory over Commerce here Tuesday evening.

The game originally had been scrapped due to heavy rains Tuesday morning, but coach Jerry Johnson and assistant Justin Goins were able to get the field ready in time for a 6 p.m. start.

“We have been hitting the ball pretty well lately but we simply did not come through at the plate tonight when we needed to with two outs, except in the eighth inning when Yancey hit the walk-off,” Johnson said.

Commerce had tied the game at 2-2 with a run in the top of the seventh inning.

Braden Smith and Josh Pilkinton drilled back-to-back one-out singles for the Tigers. Smith both moved up a base on a wild throw.

Tyler Maxville picked up an RBI when he grounded out to short.

Fairland (7-0) threatened in the bottom of the seventh when Jordan Alexander reached on a two-out error. Brett Blalock walked, then Jon Henry was safe on another error to load the bases.

The Tigers got out of the inning when Zach Needham took a called third strike on a full-count offering from Blake Witten.

Joey Bowling walked with one out in the top of the eighth, but was thrown out by catcher Cale Schumacher. Blake Witten then struck out.

Fairland’s half of the eighth started with Jacob Bryant grounding out to Morgan. Blake Robertson was hit by a pitch before Schumacher struck out.

Stevie Nowlin walked, then Lett hit a 2-0 fastball out over the plate for his walk-off homer.

“You can’t do that with good hitters like Yancey,” Commerce coach Clint Kissee said. “It was a great game … we just didn’t come out on top this time.”

The Owls jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning.

Schumacher led off with a double and went to third on a grounder by Nowlin. Lett walked. Schumacher stole home as part of a double-steal with Lett.

Lett scored on an error.

Commerce scratched out a run in the top of the fourth.

Morgan singled with one out, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and scored on a wild pitch.

“This was a tough game for us,” Johnson said. “We pitched well for the most part, but we left 12 on the bases.  Blake Witten pitched a very good game against us, keeping us off balance.”

Witten worked the first seven, with Morgan entering the game in the bottom of the eighth.

“Blake pitched really well,” Kissee said. “He gave up only four hits and worked out of a couple of jams.”

Blalock was the Owls’ starting pitcher, throwing the first 4 2/3 innings. He had one strikeout, one walk four hit batters, three hits and one run.

Lett took over in the fifth with the bases loaded.

Luke Manning was hit by a pitch but was forced out when Braden Smith hit into a fielder’s choice. Tyler Maxville singled, then Kasey Ng was hit by a pitch.

Lett got Morgan to fly out to center, ending the inning.

Lett (3-0) struck out six and walked none. He scattered three hits and gave up the second CHS run.

Lett had a double and homer while Schumacher chipped in with a double and single.

Schumacher, Robertson and Alexander added singles.

Pilkinton had two singles to lead the Commerce offense. Smith doubled while Morgan, Maxville and Bowling added singles.

Fairland travels to Adair while Commerce hosts Quapaw in games today.