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Short of adding a fourth team (which every coach mentioned post-game), the Adams County Coaches vs. Cancer Classic was a great event and fit its description perfectly: classic.
Game one: Adams Central vs. Bellmont
Every time that AC would put up some runs on the board, coach Ben Fawbush and his Braves would respond with an answer. The final result was a thrilling 10-7 win over the Jets that started off a trio of baseball games that would not disappoint as the day went on.
After the Jets stormed back in the top of the sixth to tie the game at 7-7, Bellmont posted a three-run bottom of the inning, their third response of the day after AC had posted a tie or lead. The three runs would stand as senior Landon Baker would close out the game in the final inning to pick up the save without a hit and a strikeout.
Nick Fuelling was the winning pitcher in the game although both team's offenses did not make the hurling look very efficient. It was quite apparent from the first pitch that both teams would be in a slugfest for the entirety of the game. Fuelling went six innings, gave up nine hits, seven runs (five earned), walked three, but struck out four in the winning decision.
Game two: Adams Central vs. South Adams
In the second game of the triple-header, the Jets found themselves in another dog-fight, this time with the Starfires from Berne who scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on a walk-off single by junior Blake Fox to stun AC, 12-11.
It was another classic shoot-out by both teams who have a history of close games in the rivalry. This one was no different.
The Starfires led 3-0 heading into the fourth inning in what appeared to be a pitching duel between AC's Hill and SA's Nick Batt. At the end of the fourth inning, however, Bellmont's new scoreboard in right-centerfield read, 9-6 in favor of the Starfires as both teams combined for a 12-run inning.
Game three, South Adams vs. Bellmont
In the day's final game, The Braves only allowed the fiesty Stars one run in the game on Phillip Bauman's stellar complete game, skating past SA, 5-1.
Bauman went the distance despite giving up seven Starfire hits, two to opposing pitcher Dustin Wanner, but only had the one run to blemish his day with a walk and four strikeouts. Wanner would also pitch a complete six innings giving up all nine hits, five runs, three walks, and a K in a solid performance against a stellar hitting team.
"Both Nick and Phillip pitched very good games for us today," Fawbush praised. "Nick didn't get a lot of help defensively so it looked worse than it was, but both pitchers got ahead of the batters and settled in and did their jobs great."
All three teams are in action tonight as Bellmont travels to Snider, AC hosts Bishop Dwenger, and South Adams hosts Southern Wells.