Dimmitt’s slam caps Trojan victory
The Trojan baseball team dominated the Burlington-Notre Dame Nikes in every facet of the game Wednesday to earn a 13-0 victory in five innings.
After scoring once in the first, Fairfield put up seven runs in the second, highlighted by Josh Dimmitt’s grand slam. The Trojans added five in the third.
Meanwhile, Notre Dame struggled to make solid contact at the plate as Fairfield hurler Cameron Baumann surrendered only one hit and two walks while striking out seven.
Joseph Hietpas got the Trojans off to a good start when he doubled in the first and scored on a wild pitch.
In the second, Fairfield received some help from the Nikes’ wild pitching and fielding in the form of five walks and two errors.
When Josh Dimmitt came to the plate, Fairfield had loaded the bases and was leading 3-0. Burlington-Notre Dame pitcher Easton Williams had already walked four hitters in the inning, and fell behind Dimmitt 2-0. The next pitch was right in Dimmitt’s wheelhouse as he crushed it into the grove of trees beyond the leftfield fence.
Apart from his grand slam, Josh Dimmitt also doubled and scored twice. Spencer Peterman doubled, walked twice and drove in two runs. Kooper Dahlstrom went 1-2 with two RBIs and two runs. Austin Gridley was 1-2 with an RBI and a run.
“We really took some great swings tonight and hit the ball hard,” Fairfield head coach Josh Allison said. “Their pitcher was throwing a little slower and we adjusted well.”
Allison said Darrin Dimmitt has been striking the ball very well even though it may not be showing up in the box score. He said Peterman is also on the cusp of breaking out at the plate.
Baumann, an eighth-grader, was up to the task Wednesday as he silenced Burlington-Notre Dame’s bats over five innings.
“Cameron Baumann stepped up for us tonight and showed great poise,” Allison said. “We needed him to come in and throw strikes. He exceeded our expectations with his performance, only allowing one hit and striking out seven.”
The Trojans have the weekend off before they host Fort Madison at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The junior varsity squad will travel to Fort Madison that day.