KETCHUM — Everybody in the lineup had at least one hit in just three times around as Fairland coasted to a 13-2 victory over Commerce in a pool game Wednesday at the Ketchum Hardball Classic.
The Owls finished with 12 hits, including home runs by Yancey Lett and Zach Needham, in a game that was stopped after 3 1/2 innings.
“We are giving our starting pitchers a lot of run support throughout the lineup,” Fairland coach Jerry Johnson said. “We seem to be seeing the ball pretty well right now and making things happen.”
In other games, Ketchum beat Foyil 9-1, Pawnee nipped Chelsea 9-8 and Salina defeated Northeast Association of Home Schoolers 8-3.
Today’s schedule includes Ketchum vs. Fairland, 10 a.m.; Commerce vs. Foyil, noon; Chelsea vs. NOAH, 2 p.m., and Salina vs. Pawnee, 4 p.m.
Then on Friday, the final round of pool play includes Ketchum vs. Commerce, 10 a.m.; Fairland vs. Foyil, noon; Chelsea vs. Salina, 2 p.m., and NOAH vs. Pawnee, 4 p.m.
The tournament wraps up on Saturday. The championship game will be at 6 p.m.
Lett, who picked up the victory, threw just 73 pitches — 27 coming in the first inning when Commerce jumped out to a 1-0 lead.
Josh Pilkinton led off with a double and wound up stealing home.
Fairland countered with a three-run rally in its first at-bat. Cale Schumacher singled with one out, then Stevie Nowlin walked. Lett ripped a 2-2 over the fence in left-center field for a home run.
The Tigers picked up their second run in the top of the second when Trae Ratliff jumped on Lett’s first pitch for a solo homer to center field. That would be CHS’ only other hit of the game.
Needham delivered his homer with one out in the bottom of the second, giving Fairland a 4-2 lead.
Jacob Bryant walked but was cut down trying to reach third when Blake Robertson doubled. A single by Schumacher drove in Robertson.
The Owls broke the game open by scoring eight runs in the bottom of the third. Twelve batters went to the plate and FHS got six of its 12 hits during the burst.
Jordan Alexander and Brett Blalock had consecutive singles and Jon Henry loaded the bases with a bunt hit. A walk to Needham forced in Alexander, then Bryant singled in a run.
Errors gave the Owls two runs, then Nowlin and Jordan Alexander each came through with two-run singles.
“We pitched better today than in our previous outing and I think we are capable of stepping things up a notch when we consistently hit our location,” Johnson said. “Yancey did a great job of getting ahead in the count, which is what I specifically asked him to focus on.”
Lett (2-0) struck out five and walked two.