Despite tough loss, Copley/Fairlawn Indians still
winner in standings
COPLEY — The Copley/Fairlawn Indians, a 13U travel baseball team comprised of players age 13 and younger, lost to a top-ranked team from Avon 14-3 at Copley/Fairlawn Middle School June 28.
“We don’t lose too many games, but that was a bad night for us,” said coach Troy Harvey.
third baseman Mike Thutt, shown at near lower right,
prepares to fire to first after making a defensive play.
His teammate, Matt Nedolast, shown at far lower right,
ends an inning with a defensive play of his own as he
gets in position to snag a fly ball.
The Indians always play tough, Harvey said, but Avon dropping 10 runs on them in the second inning with only one out to work with was just a little too much.
In other offensive action during the game, Copley/Fairlawn’s Lou Gigliotti (No. 2), shown at right, manages to safely slide in to second for a double.
Indian Jacob Schott, shown at top right, takes a big-league cut as he sends an Avon pitch deep.
According to Harvey, who has coached the team for the past three years and has managed to maintain a strong group of core players, the team has a record of 14-4 and holds second place in its eight-team division and third place overall in its 24-team league.
Though the team had one rough outing, Harvey said it has refocused and is ready to seek more championship gold, after taking the league title in 2005 and placing second in 2006.
The Indians will play the first game of their league playoff July 11 at 6 p.m. at the middle school, 1531 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.
“It’s always a good place to see a game,” Harvey said. “We usually put on a good show.”
— By Mike D’Agruma