The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 14, 2013

No-hitters are bright spots for Fayetteville

By Gary Fauber
Assistant Sports Editor

— Fayetteville sits at 9-9 on the season, and a .500 record suggests a mix of good and bad.

That point was never more perfectly illustrated than it was last week.

The Pirates went 2-3 and were outscored 40-25. All three of their losses were of the mercy rule variety — 17-0 at Independence, 10-0 against Valley and 13-3 at Oak Hill.

It was the two wins that made for a memorable week, however.

In beating Summers County 12-0 and Sherman 8-0, Fayetteville got a pair of no-hitters in a two-day span.

Trey Phares had the first no-hitter as the Pirates bounced back from the loss at Indy by routing Summers.

The second no-no came from the hand of Aaron Krise. The senior ace’s gem came a day after the loss to Valley.

Both no-hitters came on the road.

Krise not only is the team’s top pitcher, but is also the starting catcher. Despite the 10-run loss to Valley, Krise threw out four runners attempting to steal.

The Pirates will play at Man at 6 p.m. today.

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Don’t look now, but Wyoming East is on a roll.

After starting the season with losses to Class AAA George Washington and offensive juggernaut Liberty, the Warriors (8-3) have won six straight games. That includes an 18-1 win over county rival Westside and a 5-2 victory over first-year AAA Oak Hill.

The reigning Class AA state champions could get a big test today when they travel to PikeView. The Panthers are led by ace Kevin Cottle, who might get the nod against the Warriors.

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Even though Concord lost 8-4 at Davis & Elkins on Sunday, the Mountain Lions passed their road test.

Concord played five straight games on the road and won four. A doubleheader sweep at Pitt-Johnstown on Tuesday was followed by a sweep of the Senators on Saturday.

The Lions improved to 5-11 away from Athens.

Concord (23-16, 18-7 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) will start at seven-game homestand Wednesday against West Liberty. The doubleheader will start at 1 p.m.

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Things have gone south in a hurry for WVU Tech.

After a school-record 11-game winning streak and wins in 13 of 15, the Golden Bears have dropped seven straight after getting swept Sunday in a doubleheader at Cincinnati-Clermont.

Even more agonizing for coach Lawrence Nesselrodt’s squad is that four of the last six losses came in one-run games. The scores Sunday were 2-1 and 3-2.

Tech (20-23, 11-7 United States Collegiate Athletic Association) will be in Pittsburgh Tuesday for a doubleheader with Point Park. The first game is set to start at 1 p.m.

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