CAMBRIDGE According to Bellaire head baseball coach John Patrone the difference in Tuesday's Division III sectional tournament game was execution as Fort Frye put on a clinic defeating the Big Reds 8-2 at Don Coss Field.
"When they had runners in scoring position they got the clutch hits," Patrone said. "We don't get the hits when we need them.
"We get the bases loaded and get a runner picked off at second base," Bellaire's coach lamented. "Take nothing away from them, they played well and they took advantage of some situations, we helped them out a little bit there."
Bellaire third baseman Hunter Westlake tags out Fort Frye’s Isaac Klinger during their Division III?sectional baseball tournament game Tuesday in Cambridge.
Defensively the Big Reds also had problems as they committed four errors accounting for the Cadets five unearned runs.
The Cadets were nearly perfect and they were not afraid to play small ball, bunting runners into position, punching gaps for RBIs even pulling off a suicide squeeze resulting in at least one run with the second inning.
Bellaire reset the game even at one in the top of the second as Hunter Westlake doubled to start off the inning, Dalton Conroy followed with a base hit moving Westlake and Tyler Ramsay contributed the RBI to plate Westlake. The Big Reds would strand two in the frame on the aforementioned pick off play.
The next rotation the same scenario would produce as Westlake singled, swiped second and Conroy moved him to third base where this time Brendon Ross contributed an RBI in the fourth inning.
All tolled the Big Reds managed just 6 hits off Fort Frye's hurler Derek Layton and stranded a total of five baserunners.
Bellaire closes their season ledger at 12-15 as they say farewell to senior and 4-year starter Dalton Conroy.
Fort Frye moves on to face the winner of Wednesday afternoon's St. Clairsville and Monroe Central game Friday back at Don Coss Field.
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