SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Fairview built an early 4-0 lead and held off Franklin, 6-4 in the District 10 Class 3A championship game on Monday.
The Tigers did their damage against Franklin starter Zach Boland, who allowed six runs (five earned) in 3 ⅔ innings on six hits, striking out five and walking one.
Aari Fox crossed the plate for Fairview’s first run in the first inning on a wild pitch, followed by a Collin Bolla RBI groundout and an RBI triple off the bat of Preston King.
The Tigers extended their lead to 4-0 in the second when Vinny Campoli scored on a wild pitch.
Franklin cut the lead to 4-1 in the fourth on Alex Wible’s RBI single and Luke Guth’s bases-loaded walk.
Fairview got those runs right back, however on RBI singles from Brady Baker and Eddie Dolansky.
Franklin cut the lead to 6-4 on Noah Kockler’s RBI single in the seventh, but Fairview hurler Sean Houston slammed the door from there to secure the title for the Tigers.
Collin Bolla started for Fairview, going 3 2.3 innings and allowing two runs while striking out six. Logan Fiolek came on and allowed two runs (one earned), with Houston pitching a scoreless seventh, striking out the side for the save.
Fox, Dolansky, and King finished two hits each for Fairview.
Ethan Nightingale tossed 2 ⅓ scoreless innings of relief for Franklin.
Fairview moves on to face the No. 3 team from the WPIAL, which will be the winner of the Hopewell/Avonworth game, on Monday in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.