Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

March 29, 2013

Russell pummels Fairview, 14-0

Staff report
The Independent

ASHLAND — Both young and old played roles in a dominant display for Russell baseball on Thursday night.

The experienced pitching of Joel Mullen, a senior, held Fairview hitters at bay while the offense raked out 10 hits and capitalized on six Eagle errors.

Russell beat Fairview, 14-0, in five innings at Central Park.

Mullen tossed all five frames, striking out six and walking four. He relented just one hit, a double by Kyle Stormes.

"That's two good outings in a row now," said Russell coach Mike Martino of his top arm, a right-hander.

Troy Huffine used his speed on the basepaths to churn out Russell's first run even without a Red Devil hit in the first inning. The senior took advantage of balls in the dirt at home plate. He later extended his hitting streak to six games.

The Red Devils scored four more in the second, and seven more in the third to create quick separation.

Sophomore Bobby May went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Sophomore Heath Hensley contributed a hit and scored three times.

Senior Tate Trimble went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

"We started two freshmen, two sophomores and DH'ed an eighth-grader," Martino said. "We have a real nice blend of young guys and experience."

Fairview coach Terry Thompson said his team will have to work through what he called "growing pains" after losing five starters from last season's 16th Region All "A" champions.

The Eagles are 1-2 heading into a Saturday meeting with Bath County.

Russell (4-2) travels to Bath County tonight.

RUSSELL    147    11    —    14    10    2

FAIRVIEW    000    00    —    0    1    6

Mullen and Cathey; Freeman, Stormes (3) and Burke. W—Mullen. L—Freeman. 2B—May (R), Stormes (F).