CAMBRIDGE - Issac Klinger stroked three hits, and Derek Layton and Chandler Lang added two apiece as Fort Frye edged West Muskingum, 5-4, in an Ohio Division III sectional baseball opener at Don Coss Field Friday.
"The kids hung in there and played tough," said Fort Frye skipper Sonny Bidwell, whose Cadets improved their overall record 18-2. "We made some excellent plays after having not played in 10 days."
Derek Layton also drove in two runs, and Terren Huck, Drew Layton, and Lang each had one ribbie for the Cadets.
Righty Colten Shuster got the mound win in relief, and Bradley Martin was credited with a save.
Martin is scheduled to toe the rubber against Martins Ferry in a sectional championship game Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The Fort played errorless ball, while West Muskingum had two miscues.
The game itself had its origins on Wednesday before the rain came. When play was halted, it was 2-2.
The Tornadoes staked themselves to a 2-0 advantage in the top half of the opening inning, capitalizing on two walks, a hit batsman and one hit.
Fort got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the frame, and then knotted the score in the second inning.
On Friday, play was resumed in the third inning, and the Cadets took their first lead, 3-2. They never looked back.
"We got back to fundamental baseball," Bidwell said. "And, our pitching did enough to hold us in there."
Bidwell said the Cadets had not played Martins Ferry this season. "They're a really good D3 baseball team out of the valley," the Fort Frye head coach added. "They have some good athletes, and their pitcher throws off speed stuff."