NEWBERRY — The Restoration Outreach Recreation League All-Star team took on Fairfield Saturday morning for the league championship at Smith Road Complex on the campus of Newberry College.
Early in the first inning Restoration Outreach was able to touch Fairfield starter Stanley “Monk” McManus for a run but Fairfield responded in the bottom of the frame with a two spot to give McManus a lead he would not relinquish as the Fairfield club won 5-1.
McManus struck out nine and walked one. His team played stellar defense behind him, making no errors en route to victory.
Lane Floyd made a diving catch in the first to rob a Restoration Outreach batter of a hit and shortstop Vincent Beaver turned in three gems from his middle infield position.
Though two runs was all the run support Fairfield would need, they scored an insurance run in the third and added two more unearned runs in the fifth thanks to a pair of Restoration Outreach errors.
Fairfield players said Restoration Outreach’s starting pitcher had great stuff from the mound but he had pitched the night before and was on a pitch count, so he left in the fifth inning.
He had over five strikeouts in the game and battled to keep his club in it, but in the end there was just too much McManus, who helped himself at the dish by going 2-3 on the day.
Other leading hitters for Fairfield were Coker Gilbert with three hits and Trey “Big Poppy” Williams who was 2-3.
This was the first championship win for the Fairfield Club and after the game even the Fairfield Coaches Jay Christy and Head Coach Mike Moore ran onto the field to join in the celebration.
The players got in on the fun with a Gatorade bath for their coaches after the championship medals were awarded.