Note: This recap appears in the Friday, July 5 newspaper on Page B1.
XENIA — The Southern Ohio Copperheads began a key stretch of road games with a victory.
Southern Ohio earned a 8-5 victory at Xenia on Tuesday, the first of six straight road games.
Southern Ohio (13-11) scored two runs in each of the first two innings to lead 4-0.
When Xenia (12-13) clawed to within 4-3, the Copperheads answered with a three-run sixth inning.
Sebastian Fabik led the offense, going 3 for 5 with a run and four RBIs.
Zach Iverson was 2 for 3 with two runs scored, while Jared Heard was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run. Tanner Johnson was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Sam Wirsing got the win, improving to 2-2. He worked six innings, allowing three runs, two being earned. He allowed five hits and four walks, striking out two.
Braxton Kelly pitched the final three innings for his fourth save of the season. He allowed two runs on a hit and walk.
Garrett DeClue (3-3) took the loss for Xenia, pitching six innings. He allowed seven runs, six earned, on nine hits.
Southern Ohio led 2-0 after an inning. Fabik hit an RBI double, then later scored on Reese Trahey’s RBI groundout.
It was 4-0 after Fabik hit a two-run double in the top of the second.
The Scouts scored twice in the third, and once more in the fifth to make it 4-3.
The Copperheads’ offense went to work again in the sixth. Daniel Cruz’s single scored Tanner Johnson to make it 5-3.
Heard followed with a two-run triple to push the lead to 7-3.
The Copperheads’ final insurance run came courtesy of Fabik, who scored Ty Crittenberger with a single.