Galion head baseball coach Phil Jackson doesn’t like hitting the road for away games and the team’s hour-long trip to outgoing conference foe Fairbanks on Monday was no exception.
“It’s much easier when you win,” Jackson said.
And the Tigers were able to pull off a 3-0 victory after scoring two runs in third inning and an additional run in the sixth at the Panthers field.
“We’re rolling now,” Jackson said. “[But] we didn’t do things perfectly.”
Both team’s defensive efforts kept each other scoreless until the third inning. Galion’s right fielder Will Donahue hit a single to the left field and was able to take third base with a hit from winning pitcher Garret Kuns. Both were able to cross the home plate with help from a bunt by third baseman Matt Hardy and a hit from left fielder Ryan Talbott.
Fairbanks’ Kyle Warner pitched for the first five winnings and kept the Tigers scoreless for the next two innings. He earned five hits, two earned runs and 11 strikeouts. Kuns, who pitched all seven innings, had three hits, no runs, two walks and eight strikeouts.
The Panthers’ West Pyers, who pitched the last two innings, took the loss. During the sixth inning, Galion’s second baseman Mac Spears batted in short stop Josh Eckert.
Fairbanks head coach Josh Rine said Galion did a great job taking advantage of his team’s mistakes.
“We just couldn’t get any hits,” he said.
Galion was up to bat 25 times with five hits, an RBI and 12 strikeouts, while Fairbanks was up to bat 24 times with three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts.
This is the second game for Galion’s new catcher Ethan Pigg, who takes over for Aaron Barnhart.
“He still got a lot to learn,” Jackson said.
The Tigers record improves 6-4 in the Mid Ohio Athletic Conference and 7-7 overall.
Galion will host to play Jonathan Alder on Wednesday.
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