The Fly-Outs like their altitude heading into the playoffs.
They won their third straight game by beating Hit Circus, 16-12 on July 8 at NASA softball field 1. The Fly-Outs kept soaring with the Division A tournament scheduled to start July 22.
“Aggressiveness on the base paths,” Tracy Garrison, co-coach of the Fly-Outs, said. “And good fielding this game for once. We’re getting ready for the playoffs, ready to go.”
Olon Pierce blasted a three-run homer and a run-scoring double for the Fly-Outs (6-3). The Fly-Outs trailed 6-3 until they scored five runs in the top of the third inning, highlighted by Pierce’s home run which bounced at the top and over the fence in left center. The score was 6-4 with one out and two on before Pierce put the Fly-Outs up 7-6 and they led the rest of the way.
Richard Jackson, the team’s other co-coach, hit a solo homer in the seventh. Kyle Schikore and Dustin Deason had four hits apiece. Jackson, Bryan Gorham, Garrison and Alex Carney contributed three hits apiece. Pierce had two hits and four runs batted in.
Duane Mize pitched all seven innings for the win.
“Winning secret was hitting and speed,” catcher Kevin Barnhill said. “Hitting the ball in the gap and speed. We have a fast team. And solid pitching from Duane.”
Nick Haas and Jeff Klop homered for Hit Circus (3-6). Phil Bitzer had four hits with two doubles. Klop, Cory Efird and Jon Grizzard had two hits apiece. Michael Barger, the losing pitcher, hit a two-run double.
“We didn’t hit consistent enough to win the ballgame,” Hit Circus player/coach Tony Fiorucci said. “We kept it close with good defense. But we couldn’t hit consistently. It cost us in the end.”