Posted: Thursday, 28 March 2013 10:14PM

Link's gem paces Fair Grove to victory

Fair Grove, Mo. (For  -- Fair Grove soared over Marionville 5-1 Thursday as senior pitcher Deric Link struck out 16 and gave up only one run. The Eagles rebounded after a 9-2 loss to Bolivar on Wednesday.


Link allowed three hits, a walk and struck out the side in two consecutive innings to darken the Comets day at bat.

“I knew Marionville’s hitters were struggling with me,” Link said, “but all I focused on was getting ahead in the count and throw strikes – good things happen when you can do that.”

Fair Grove took the lead in the bottom of the first with senior catcher Dustin Mayfield driving in senior outfielder Talon Bates who came in on a hard slide into home.

The Eagles added two runs in the second, with an RBI double by freshman Coby Church and a second run added due to an obstruction called on a Fair Grove attempt to steal third.

Marionville’s only run came off a double by catcher Seth Smith, who would score from third on a wild pitch in the top of the fourth.

“You don’t want to make excuses because of the recent weather,” said Comets coach Paden Grubbs of Marionville’s struggles at the plate. “But it’s the difference between batting practice and live games. Any time you have having trouble timing a fastball it’s going to be a long day.

“Give credit to Link, he kept our guys off balance all day mixing in off speed stuff.”

Fair Grove added their fourth and fifth runs in the fifth inning, first off an error and then a second RBI by Mayfield (2-for-3 2 RBIs).

“When you’re blessed to come out on a beautiful day like today it shouldn’t take a lot to get focused and want to play,” said Fair Grove coach Christian Overstreet. “We just wanted to play hard and compete and winning would take care of itself then.”

Fair Grove improves to 2-3 on the season, while Marionville moves to 2-2.

Box score:
Marionville 0 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 0 | 0 | 0 |
Fair Grove  1 | 2 | 0 | 0 | 2 | 0  | x |

Marionville: Geren Reavis 1B; 6.0 IP, 8K, 2BB 9 H 3ER. S. Smith 1-4 2B, Geoffrey Stafford 1-3 2B.
Fair Grove: Talon Bates 2-4 2 1B, D. Mayfield 2-4 2RBI, Coby Church 2-3 2B 2RBI

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