Fort Frye Advances to OVAC Finals Over Silver Knights
Visiting Fort Frye, the OVAC No. 3 seed, got by No. 2 seed Tyler Consolidated on Saturday afternoon with a mercy rule five inning no-hit 16-0 blasting of the Silver Knights.
The Cadets of Fort Frye went right to work in the top of the first as the intiial batter got to first on an error and quickly stole second. The next batter singled and the Cadets drew first blood for a 1-0 lead. Trent Smith made a beautiful diving catch on a hard hit to center for out number one and the Knights got two more outs to end the inning.
The Silver Knights went down in order in the bottom of the inning with three strikeouts. In the second the Cadets put four runs on the board with a combination of hits, walks and a hit batter.
The second inning wasn’t much better for the Knights as they sent four batters to the plate with the only base runner ,Dylan Seckman, getting to first on a walk as the Cadets led 5-0.
Fort Frye added another run in the top of the third and then again struck out the side in the Knights half of the inning for a 6-0 lead after three. Going into the fourth, the Cadets bats came alive as they scored seven runs on eight hits before the Knights got out of the inning trailing, 13-0.
Tyler went down in order in the fourth, and in the top half of the fifth, Fort Frye put the game out of reach with three hits, including a home run over the left-center fence to go up 16-0 with one more inning for the Knights. The Knights again went three up three down to hand the Cadets the win and a trip to the OVAC finals at 1-470 field in Wheeling.
“We can’t let Fort Frye beat us twice, “Jones said. “We have to come back and play like we know we are capable of. We have a tough group of kids and they will rebound from this. We have to come back and play the game, do the fundamentals, make the routine plays, throw strikes and hit the ball.”
Lantz took the loss for the Knights while Luke Daugherty and Dylan Roberts both worked relief. Fort Frye had 18 hits in the game. Pitcher Tyler Bradford threw a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and one walk.