By Zachary Gregory
April 12, 2014
Skyhawks battle Stivers
FAIRBORN — The Skyhawks battled Stivers hard Wednesday at Fairborn High School, but they eventually fell to their more experienced opponents, 3-2.
“We have a bunch of kids other than our first singles…we just have kids that are just now picking up the game or just have never picked up a racket before, and we’re trying to teach them the game,” said Fairborn head coach Terry Miller. “It’s tough to compete when you have kids that don’t play in the offseason, they just play and pick up the racket during the spring.”
Fairborn’s Jon Long beat Clay Thomas in two sets (6-4, 6-1) and Andy Nguien won by default because his third singles opponent was injured. Stivers’ Sean Sibbing beat Nhat Mai in the second singles match (6-2,6-0).
Stivers (2-3) won both doubles matches. Arien Isaac and TaSean O’Dell beat Kristian Shultz and Gokmen (G.) Demirkiran (4-6, 6-4, 6-2) and Bram Hardenbrock and Braxter Foskuhl beat Robert Floyd Johnny Ngo (6-0, 6-1).
“Stivers had an all senior team and experience and they knew what they were doing out there,” said Miller. “They played very well, I’ve got to give them credit. They did a good job.”
Fairborn falls to an experienced squad
TROY — Although Fairborn was swept 5-0 by the Trojans Thursday at Troy High School, Skyhawks coach Terry Miller was impressed by his team’s effort on the day.
“Troy was one of the best teams we’ve played and one of the best teams in the area, but I was real pleased with our team,” he said. “They were able to hit with some very good players and they were able to keep rallies going, so that was good.”
Troy (4-0) might have beaten Fairborn (0-4) in all five matches, but the Skyhawks did compete.
Luke Oaks beat Jon Long (6-1, 6-1) in the first singles match, Conner Oaks beat Long Nguien (6-4, 6-0) in the second match and Matt Schmitt beat Kristian Shultz (6-2, 6-0) in the third.
Jack Johnston and John Stutz beat G. Demirkairan and Nhat Mai (6-1, 6-0) in the first doubles match. Aaron Kuhn and Carter Hinch topped Robert Floyd Andy Nguien (6-1, 6-0) in the second doubles match.
Fairborn is back on the court after spring break when the play Lebanon at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lebanon High School.
Lady Hawks can’t catch up after slow start
WEST CARROLLTON — The Fairborn Skyhawks hit the ball well in a matchup against the Pirates Monday at West Carrollton High School, but they couldn’t pull out a win after giving up five runs in the first inning. The Lady Hawks fell 6-3.
“We started out in the hole in the beginning. We hit the ball well but right at them. They hit the ball well in between us. So they scored five big ones there in the first inning and we just couldn’t overcome that,” said Fairborn softball coach Bob Shively. “If you take away the first inning, then it’s a good game. But unfortunately, all of it counts.”
Fairborn (3-3) scored one run in the first inning and two in the sixth. They had three runs on five hits and had two errors. Becca Haney and Bethany Melton both had doubles for the Lady Hawks. They went 1-3 and 1-4 respectively. Kati Knecht, Stephanie Fillback and Taylor Rice all went 1-3 for Fairborn. Rice also pitched a complete game and had three strikeouts and a walk in the game. She is 3-3 on the season.
Brianna Bush had a double and a home run for West Carrollton (2-2).
Fairborn plays Carroll High School at 10 a.m. today in the Huelsman Tournament at Community Park in Fairborn.
Xenia Middle School softball team loses to Beavercreek
XENIA — It was a tough loss for the Xenia Lady Bucs Thursday night against the Beavercreek Beavers Black team, losing 20-8. The Lady Bucs started the game off strong with seven runs batted in from Bailey Oliver, Becca Turner, and Madison Larson. They held Beavercreek to 7-4 in the first inning, but the black team made a big comeback.
Coach Josh Turner said he will use this loss to motivate his team and was proud of the good fielding and a double play made by Anne Kensinger.
Warner Middle School falls to Beavercreek Coy
BEAVERCREEK — The Warner Middle School baseball team fell against Beavercreek Coy (Orange Team) with a final score of 14-4. Highlighting Warner was Elijah Cushman with a single and a run scored, Travis Newell with a walk and a run scored, Nolan Wagner with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored, and Waren Mahar with a walk and a run scored. Logan Bilbrey and Nick Harbison both had singles.