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LAND O’LAKES — Land O’Lakes waited in ambush for Fivay on Thursday and pounced in the third inning then again in the sixth for a 12-2 victory, courtesy of the mercy rule.
When the game ended, the fog rolling in from rightfield was so thick neither the centerfielder nor the rightfielder could be seen.
“From out there I could see shapes of people, but that was about it,” Gators rightfielder Alex Reynolds said. “In the top sixth when that guy hit the ball to shortstop, I couldn’t see anything.”
The Gators scored four runs in the third off hits from junior Josh Nissen and senior Pat Soril. Junior Dylan Harris scored off a sacrifice fly and Nissen scored from third on an attempt to catch Harris stealing.
The wheels came off for Fivay in the sixth. Reynolds scored two off a slap shot to left-center, and a wild pitch scored another run to make it 9-2. The Falcons allowed three more unearned runs to cross the plate and the game was called.
Senior Ryan Wall pitched a strong 5 2/3 innings, struck out three and got out of two tough situations in the third and fourth innings.
“He made good pitches when he had to,” Gators coach Calvin Baisley said.
Wall got help from his infield, which committed only one error.
“I know I have a great defense behind me,” Wall said. “I just put it in play.”