Crucial hits lead to Fairfield Invite victory for TrojansBowman hits key for Fairfield
Whenever Fairfield needed a clutch hit over the weekend, freshman Brynna Bowman found herself in the batter’s box.
Bowman delivered a two-run double against Wilton and a two-run single against New London that propelled Fairfield to two-straight wins. After a decisive victory over Washington, the Trojans were crowned champions of the Fairfield Invitational for the second season in a row Saturday at Fairfield Middle School.
Fairfield closed out Friday’s initial tournament games with a matchup against Wilton. The Beavers (8-4) jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a first inning sacrifice fly from Carli Fix that scored leadoff hitter Megan Kublick. Senior Karlie Broders smashed a home run over the left field fence in the fifth inning to increase Wilton’s lead to 3-1.
Fairfield would overtake Wilton (8-4) with a three-run fifth inning and a five-run sixth inning. Bowman delivered her double in the fifth, which drove in Kelsey Roberts and leadoff hitter Sydney Burnett and gave Fairfield the lead for good. The Trojans won the game 9-4.
“Brynna has been doing a great job of hitting for us,” Fairfield coach Bob Bradfield said. “Our offense really clicks when Sydney gets on base, and we have three or four hitters in the middle of our order who are capable of driving the ball hard.”
Alli Deao provided a two run single in the sixth. Deao also went the distance on the pitcher’s mound, allowing only seven hits, two earned runs and striking out four batters in the process. Fairfield’s 4-6 hitters in the order, Mackenzie McClure, Karley Williams and Marisa Repp, combined to go 7-9 with two doubles in the game.
Class 1A No. 3 New London (11-3) may have fallen 5-2 to the Trojans on Saturday, but they proved to be a tougher test than Wilton. Star pitcher Morgan Christner ran into problems early and often, but somehow was able to squirm out of trouble in multiple innings. She allowed seven hits and seven walks, but only one earned run. New London’s defense let her down by committing three errors.
Bowman’s big hit came in the third inning. Deao pitched again, and also eluded trouble by working around the nine hits she gave up to only allow two earned runs. Kenady Waugh came through with two RBIs for Fairfield.
“New London proved to be the toughest test for us,” Bradfield said. “But in truth we had a pretty good group of teams that came to the tournament.”
Last up was the Washington Demons (7-9) in the tournament final. Washington pitched its number two hurler, and Fairfield responded with runs early and often. The Trojans made quick work of Washington, taking the game 10-0.
Fairfield tallied 10 hits, three of which were doubles. Burnett had two RBIs, while McClure, Repp, Williams and Madison Roberts finished with one.
Since losing two games in Iowa City June 6, Fairfield has won six games, including three Southeast Conference victories. Now ranked No. 11 in Class 4A, the Trojans are 11-4 headed into another busy week. Fairfield hosts Mt. Pleasant tonight and Albia on Wednesday before traveling to Columbus Junction Friday.
Recap – Game 1
Wilton – 1001101 – 4 7
Fairfield – 010035x – 9 13
Recap – Game 2
New London –0000200 – 2 9 2
Fairfield – 030110x – 5 7 3
Recap – Game 3
Fairfield – 31150 – 10 10 0
Washington – 00000 – 0 4 5
Close losses dropped the Cardinal Comets (8-5) to a sixth place finish at Fairfield Invitational.
Cardinal opened with Washington and fell 4-1. The Demons threw pitcher Ashley Rausch, who stymed the Comets. Rausch gave up only four hits.
“The toughest team we played was Washington,” Cardinal coach Hilarie Droz said. “I definitely think we could have beat them, but we weren’t hitting our best.”
Jessie McElderry had two hits and Shelby Smith smacked a double. Carlie Bennett drove in Cardinal’s only run.
Cardinal followed the loss with an 11-2 victory Saturday over Davis County. Smith had two hits, including another double, and two RBIs. Bennett and Danae Moses both had two hits. Lexi Fullenkamp scored three times.
After scoring 11 runs against the Mustangs, the Comets only produced three hits in a 7-6 loss to Chariton in the fifth place game.
Pitcher Lexi Fullenkamp, who pitched every inning for Cardinal over the weekend, now has a 3.10 ERA this season. She has struck out 38 batters over 79 innings.
“I think we could have played a lot better,” Droz said. “It definitely wasn’t our best showing, but we will learn from our mistakes and keep moving forward.”
Fairfield Invitational Final Results
3. West Burlington
4. New London
8. Davis County
Seventh Place Game
- Wilton 7, Davis County 5
Fifth Place Game
- Chariton 7, Cardinal 6
Third Place Game
- West Burlington 3, New London 0