ELM GROVE, W.VA. -- What was a dandy of a battle between lefties for five innings saw Fort Frye High scratch out four runs over the final two frames to emerge with a 4-0 victory over Barnesville in the OVAC Class 3A Championship Game at the I-470 Complex on Friday.
With a large turnout of Shamrock fans on hand to support their team, Barnesville senior Gaetan Sinisgalli and Fort Frye junior Tyler Bradford matched zeroes through five innings, with the Cadets managing four hits and the Shamrocks two at that point.
A lead-off single by Logan Isner got things started for Fort Frye in the top of the sixth inning, and he quickly moved around to third thanks to a stolen base and an overthrow.
Jason Heiss followed with an RBI groundout to plate Isner and give the Cadets a 1-0 lead.
Fort Frye added three insurance tallies in the top of the seventh.
Garrett Lochary opened with a walk; moving to third on an errant pick-off attempt and then scoring on a wild pitch for the first run.
Another walk to Luke Nelson followed, prompting a pitching change from Sinisgalli to Zach Thompson and, after a stolen base and an out, Bradford delivered an RBI single to drive in Nelson and Isner followed with a run-scoring double to plate Bradford and extend Fort Frye's lead to 4-0.
Bradford finished with a complete-game two-hitter for Fort Frye (18-4), striking out 11 and walking just one.
"He pitched a heckuva game," Barnesville coach DJ Butler acknowledged. "A no-hitter against the last team and then he two-hit us tonight.
"He did a good job early mixing up his speeds," he added, "and he seemed to get stronger as the game went on."
It was Bradford who also got the pitching win in last year's OVAC semfinal game won by Fort Frye, 10-4, in an eight-inning contest.
Sinisgalli was equally as sharp early, and deserved a better fate. He closed with four Ks and three walks, giving up five hits.
"Gaetan pitched his butt off, but we've got to score to score to win," said Butler. "We didn't do a very good job putting the ball in play. In our last three or four games. We haven't done very well with our mental approach at the plate, and we've got to get that corrected in a hurry."
Isner and Nelson each collected a double and single to lead the Cadets while the only hits for the Shamrocks (17-7) were a lead-off single by Cade Hannahs and a fourth-inning base hit by Seth Gordon.
Butler praised his counterpart, veteran Fort Frye coach Sonny Bidwell, for having his team well-prepared.
"Sonny does an incredible job at Fort Frye," he offered. "He's one of the top three or four coaches in the OVAC and his teams do everything right."
NEXT -- Barnesville returns to action Tuesday hosting Shadyside at 5 p.m.