VERSAILLES — On a day that felt like the first true day of spring, a defensive effort helped the Versailles baseball team to a 2-1 victory against Fort Loramie Saturday morning in the opening game of the of Zach Richard Classic.
An early run scored in the bottom of the first inning by Kyle Subler sparked Versailles to an early lead. Subler tagged up at third on a fly out and sprinted home for a 1-0 lead.
Versailles scored again in the bottom of the third from a double by Brett McEldowney, sending in Subler for his second score of the game, extending the lead to 2-0.
Not to be outmatched, Fort Loramie’s Brad Pleiman scored on an error in the top of the fourth inning to make the score 2-1.
With a close 2-1 lead, Versailles would not be denied victory. The Tigers closed out the game with a consistent performance by pitcher Cole Niekamp and stubborn defense in a complete team effort.
Subler went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Keaton McEldowney went 0-for-1 with two sacrifice bunts — one of which landed Subler on second and eventually in for the score. Brett McEldowney went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI.
Niekamp pitched the full game for Versailles with one strikeout, one hit, no earned runs, one unearned run and three walks.
Versailles improved to 8-0 with the victory.