Fairfield boys earn conference championship
FORT MADISON – The Trojan baseball team used a sweep against Fort Madison Thursday to claim the conference title.
The Trojans beat the Bloodhounds 9-2 in game 1 and then won a pitchers’ duel in game 2, 2-0. Fairfield head coach Josh Allison was elated with his team’s performance and what it has accomplished thus far.
“The boys came ready to play and played great team baseball,” he said.
TROJANS 9, BLOODHOUNDS 2
Fairfield started the scoring in the first inning in an unusual way. Spencer Peterman reached on a throwing error, stole second and advanced to third on Joseph Hietpas’ single, and then was awarded home because of interference by a Bloodhound defender.
In the second inning, Austin Gridley walked and later scored on Hietpas’ single, which also plated Jordan Whitney, who reached on an error.
The Trojans used a two-out rally to score four times in the fifth. After Josh Dimmitt and Mason Ellis flied out, Kooper Dahlstrom and Tyler Cooksey singled. Gridley reached on a fielding error by the first baseman, which allowed Dahlstrom to score. Jordan Reid delivered a two-run double to score Cooksey and Gridley. Reid later scored on a wild pitch after stealing third.
To seal the victory, Fairfield added two runs in the seventh when Ellis scored on Cooksey’s triple, who then scored on Gridley’s sacrifice fly.
Hietpas pitched all seven innings for the Trojans, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits and two walks with 12 strikeouts.
TROJANS 2, BLOODHOUNDS 0
The Trojans’ scoring was limited to a run in the fourth and a run in the sixth. In the fourth, Gridley reached on an error and scored on Reid’s double. In the sixth, Cooksey reached second on a two-base error by the second baseman. He went to third on a passed ball and scored on an RBI groundout off the bat of Gridley.
Gridley pitched five innings to get the win. He allowed no runs on three hits and five walks with eight punchouts. Peterman pitched two innings, allowing one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.
“Jordan [Reid] had a couple of big doubles to drive in runs for us,” Allison said. “We have a team full of guys willing to play great team baseball. Kooper is a perfect example of a team-guy right now. He’s been one of our hottest hitters over the past couple weeks.”
Allison said Dahlstrom has been patient at the plate when he hasn’t gotten pitches to hit. He said the whole team has adopted that attitude of putting the success of the club above their individual accolades.
“Our guys believe right now the only stat worth much is the ‘W,’” said the coach. “Our pitchers did a great job of controlling both games. Joe, Austin and Spencer were all throwing pretty well against a good hitting Fort Madison line up. We had some great defense behind them as well, rolling several double plays and [seeing] outfielders running down balls in the gaps.”