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Miller torches Green Devils with no-hitter

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Stephen Forsha-sforsha@gmail.com
LEESBURG — Though the Fairfield Lions were the away team of their own field, that didn't matter to Fairfield senior pitcher Nathaniel Miller, who tossed a five-inning complete game no-hitter against the North Adams Green Devils, Tuesday.

Not only did Miller toss a no-hitter, the senior struck out seven, walked one, and hit one batter in 64 pitches for the 12-0 Southern Hills League victory at Fairfield High School.

In two starts this season, Miller has yet to allow a single run, as he won his first start of the season last Tuesday against the Whiteoak Wildcats, another SHL win.

This season Miller has pitched 12 innings, allowing no runs, four hits and four walks. His season total in strikeouts is 16.

Miller had four strikeouts in the first two innings and came back in the third with three ground ball outs. His lone walk came in the fourth inning, but again, struck out two batters. In the fifth, Miller struck out one and had two ground ball outs.

Miller had great run support from his Fairfield teammates, as FHS scored 12 runs in five innings, including a seven-run outburst in the top of the fifth.  

North Adams committed six errors. FHS tallied seven hits and forced six walks. The Lions stole six bases and reached the bases safely seven times on either a fielding error or fielder's choice.

FHS scored one run in the first, followed by two in the second and two more in the fourth before sealing the win with the aforementioned seven-run fifth.
 
The largest scoring inning for FHS came in the fifth, where they scored seven runs.  

Cody Bennett and Joey Wilson each began the inning by forcing walks. Casey Jordan loaded the bases with a single.

With one out, Dakota Hargrave reached first on a fielder's choice, but the bases stayed loaded as the runner beat the throw; in the process, Bennett scored.

Ian Adams followed with a one-out double, scoring Wilson and Jordan. Miller helped his cause with a single to score Hargrave.

Down to their final out of the inning, Kyle Carson was safe on a fielding error by the Green Devils, scoring Adams. Chase Fulkerson flew by, reaching first on another fielding error by NA, this time scoring Carson.

Campbell was the lone player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4. Hargrave and Bennett each had two steals.

In the first inning, Hargrave scored on a base hit from Tyler Campbell.

In the third, Jordan Boles scored on a wild pitch, and Cody Tolle added a run to the FHS lead on a bases-loaded walk forced by Miller.

The fourth inning had Hargrave and Adams scoring on a double by Campbell.

The loss was charged to Richard Gerlock, who pitched two innings while allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits and four walks. He struck out one batter. Matt Roades pitched two innings of relief, allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits and two walks, while striking out two. Hank Sparks pitched one inning in relief. Sparks allowed five runs (one earned) on three hits and no walks. He struck out two.

The Lions will play again on Friday at Ripley in an SHL contest at 5 p.m.

On Saturday, FHS will play in a tri-team doubleheader with McClain and Portsmouth Clay. FHS will play MHS at 10 a.m., followed with MHS playing Portsmouth Clay, then the final game will be FHS vs. Portsmouth Clay.[[In-content Ad]]

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