FAIRBORN — The lead switched back and forth multiple times, Thursday night at Fairborn High School, but a huge sixth inning from the Northmont Thunderbolts was too much for the Skyhawks to overcome on Senior Night. Northmont took the contest, 10-7.
“We competed tonight, flat out. Northmont is a good team. I wish we were able to come out on the other end, but to be honest, it’s a fun game to coach in. You take a lead, then they take a lead back, you take a lead, and they take the lead back. We play one more inning, and maybe we win that game,” said Fairborn coach Josh Patrick. “Unfortunately, we left an army on base tonight. We had the bases loaded on the sixth and the seventh innings and we couldn’t get runs across. But we put ourselves in situations to win the game, and that’s all you can ask for.”
Fairborn (10-15, 1-10 Greater Western Ohio Conference) got out to an early lead, when senior Johnny Chaney batted in Ty Boedicker in the first inning. Senior Colin Austin also had a big game, going 1-for-2 and smashing a two-out double that scored three runners in the fourth inning. Boedicker was 3-for-4 with three singles, scoring two runs.
“What a night for Colin Austin. A guy who doesn’t get in many nights, but tonight on Senior Night, he really took advantage of his opportunity,” said Patrick.
The Skyhawks had their best hitting game in a while, finishing with 10 on the night. Unfortunately for them, Northmont (14-9, 7-4 GWOC) had 17. Patrick said his team’s performance made him hopeful for the postseason tournament.
“If we keep this up, and play like we did tonight, it gives us a chance. You play a team like Northmont, who knocks the cover off the baseball, and you play with them,” he said. “I think they’re one of the better hitting teams in the Dayton area, and we put ourselves in position to win. So I think if we can keep this rolling, I’m excited about tournament time.”
After five innings, the score was 6-4, but the Thunderbolts caught fire and started knocking the ball all over the place. They had seven hits in the inning, scoring six runs off of five different bats.
Fairborn had two great opportunities to make a comeback, loading the bases in the sixth and seventh innings, but they were only able to bring in one run.
Patrick said that he was disappointed that the team couldn’t get a win for the seniors, but that it doesn’t diminish what they did for the team. The Skyhawk seniors are Austin, Chaney, Nick Kimmey and Josh Chavez.
“We’re going to miss all four of these guys. They’re fun to have around and and with this being my first year, I sure am glad I got these four as seniors. They’re great role models for these underclassmen,” he said.
Fairborn has a game scheduled for 5 p.m. today at Troy High School, but rain is in the forecast. The Skyhawks begin the sectional tournament at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Xenia High School against the GWOC rival Bucs.