CHESTER - In local Legion baseball action, and what started out as a low-scoring affair in the first game of a double-header, turned into a blow-out as Post 31 Fair Haven came into Chester and beat Post 67 in five innings, 14-0. Fair Haven also won the second game in a close one, 2-1 in nine innings.
In the opener, Chester starter Mike Cavacas got off to a good start by giving up only one hit in the first two innings, then promptly picking off the runner who did reach base. However, Fair Haven starter Mark Johnson was also pitching well, giving up no hits over the first two innings, although Chester did get two runners on with a walk and error, but couldn't capitalize.
In the third inning, Fair Haven did capitalize, scoring two runs on a double, a walk, a run-scoring single from Scott Howe and a another on an errant double play throw that couldn't be scooped at first base.
After Chester got their first hit in the bottom of the third inning from Robby Critchfield but couldn't score, Post 31 busted the game wide open in the fourth inning with eight runs. Greg Suth started the inning off with a long home run to left field, before Howe doubled into the right-centerfield gap.
After a pop out to second base, two walks, a Cavacas wild pitch and a double to right field brought in three more runs to make it 5-0. A single from Conner Johnson brought in two more runs to make 7-0, before Post 67 coach Doug Roberts changed pitchers and brought in Jeff Fuller.
After a grounder to shortstop produced a low throw, putting runners on second and third, a double from Suth brought home two more runs to make it 9-0. To make things worse, a ground ball to first base that would have ended the inning, took a bad hop and ended up in right field making it an even 10-0 lead.
Johnson got the win for Fair Haven, firing a complete-game, one-hitter while striking out seven, while Cavacas took the loss. "It just wasn't our day today," coach Roberts said after the game. "We didn't get any bounces and couldn't get our offense going all day. We just couldn't couldn't get the clutch hit when we needed it. We did play much better in the second game and Jason (Albert) pitched a great game for us. He deserved a better fate."
In a much tighter second game of the double-header, Dan Brown hot the win for Fair Haven while Jason Albert took the tough luck loss for Chester. Albert went the distance, giving up just two hits and striking out six. Fair haven scored their two runs on an error and a single, while Chester got their only run on a Mike Cavacas sacrifice fly.