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HOWARD — Fredericktown was second to East Knox in the final year in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference last season, and with the two teams vying for a share of the new Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference crown this season, their final game on Friday was bound to be one for the ages. And it turned out completely as advertised.
The Bulldogs banged out eight hits in the game to six for the Freddies, but Fredericktown’s Nick Cunningham limited the damage to one run to lead his team to a 2-1 victory and a tie with Highland for the top spot in the KMAC.
“That’s what we needed,” said Fredericktown coach Ryan Hathaway of Cunningham’s performance. “He’s our guy, and it was in his hands. It was a great game as far as it goes. They didn’t make too many mistakes, and we didn’t make too many. The pitching was good, it was just a matter of who could get on base and who could score.”
“This was a really tough one tonight,” said East Knox coach Randy Baugher. “We left nine men on base. Nick Cunningham pitched for Fredericktown, and he pitched a great game. He really got good when he had to, but we had our chances.
“We wanted to win tonight to share the title with Highland,” Baugher said. “We had (Fredericktown) at home and felt like we were in a good position, but they played very good ball as usual. Some of their kids played with our kids in the summer, so they know each other very well.”