ALBION — Ryan Lear, pressed into active duty when starting pitcher Nate Utley left with a sore elbow, pitched four innings that allowed Albion/Browns Post 590 a 6-3 win in the second game and a sweep of their recent American Legion doubleheader against Fairfield.
Lear allowed just one run in his stint, striking out five and allowing only three hits. He picked up the win.
“Ryan came in and pitched the best I have seen him pitch thus far,” said Albion manager Travis Thompson. “He did a good job of locating his pitches.”
Fairfield jumped to an early 2-1 lead, but Albion stormed back with a five-run third inning. Wyatt Mosson’s two-run double put Albion ahead for good. Utley, Levi Rogers, and Mt. Carmel’s Ian Hipsher followed with RBI singles.
Hipsher finished 1-for-2 at the plate.
In the opener, Albion scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to rally to a 3-2 win. RBI groundouts by Sky Thompson and Matt Stevenson made a winner out of Austin Vanblaricum, who went the distance on the mound.
“Austin did a great job of scattering eight hits,” Thompson said. “He kept the ball low and kept the hitters off balance.”
Fairfield led early, 1-0, before Albion tied it in the third on an RBI double by Thompson. Fairfield scored one run in the fourth to lead again, 2-1, before the Albion rally in the fifth.
Hipsher, though 0-for-3 at the plate, scored two runs for Albion in the first game.