Fairview falls into loser's bracket

News-DemocratJuly 23, 2013 

— Edwardsville scored 11 runs over the first four innings in beating Fairview Heights 12-5 Tuesday in the American Legion Fifth Division Baseball Tournament.

Devin Breihan went 3-for-5 with a double and four RBIs and Jordan Heckler went 3-for-4 to lead a 12-hit assault for Edwardsville.

Jevon Boyd added two hits, including a double and three RBIs.

Edwardsville starter Zach Sparks went five innings, allowing four hits and no earned runs.

Edwardsville (26-6) will play Murphysboro (28-5) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, while Fairview Heights (15-18) will play the Aviston Express (17-9) at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The double elimination tourney continues through Friday at Moody Park.

Edwardsville pounced for three runs in the first inning off Fairview Heights starter Richie Boatman.

Blake Graham drew a leadoff walk and Drew Curtis reached on an error by the third baseman with one out.

Graham and Curtis executed a double steal, putting runners at second and third for Boyd. who doubled home a run.

With two outs, Devin Breihan singled home two more runs.

Edwardsville got a run in the second inning as Alec Pizini led off with a single and later scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Graham.

Edwardsville nearly pulled off a triple play in the third inning as second baseman Heckler made a diving grab on a liner up the middle by Marty Brunk with runners at first and second.

Heckler flipped to shortstop Chase McPeak at second base for the second out, but runner Robert Guithues got back to first base just ahead McPeak's throw.

Edwardsville went 5-0 with a run in the fourth on an RBI double by Breihan.

Edwardsville broke the game open with six runs in the fourth inning, sending 10 players to plate and collecting five hits in the frame,

Graham had an RBI triple and Boyd had a two-run single to highlight the rally.

Fairview Heights got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Danny Hughes doubled and scored on a fielder's choice off a grounder by Brunk.

Jake Warren, who had reached on an error, also scored on a groundout as Fairview Heights cut its deficit to 11-2.

Edwardsville reliever Josh Palen walked Brunk on four pitches with the bases loaded to force in a run in the top of the sixth.

A sacrifice fly by Curtis put Edwardsville back up by nine runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Fairview Heights scored two runs in the top of the eighth as Brunk rifled a liner off Palen's shoulder with the bases loaded and Guitheus followed with a single.

Hughes went 3-for-4 and Brunk drove in three four for Fairview Heights, which had eight hits in the game.

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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