Fairfield JV Black drops two close contests
EDDYVILLE — A few early errors on the Fairfield JV Black defense later came back to haunt the visitors Wednesday as they fell to Eddyville-Blakesburg 3-1 and 8-7 in a softball doubleheader.
The host Rockets scored two runs in the opening game’s first inning thanks to a pair of errors commited by Fairfield, which trailed throughout the game’s entirety.
“Unfortunately, our defense committed errors on each of the first two batters, who later scored in the first inning,” said Fairfield coach Lisa Greenig.
On the bright side, the Trojans held Eddyville scoreless the rest of the game following a solo homer in the second. Haley Beard pitched all five innings, struck out two batters and allowed three hits.
Fairfield’s offense, meanwhile, tallied six hits. Brynna Bowman had two hits, including a double, and Taylor Ferrel singled and scored a run. Beard slapped a double, while Harley Cook and Mikaela Lunsford each added one single.
“We out-hit Eddyville six to three, but we just weren’t able to connect the hits to post more runs on the scoreboard,” Greenig said.
In game two, the Trojans trailed 7-3 headed into the top of the sixth inning but reeled off four runs in their final frame to tie the game at 7-all. Eddyville scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth.
“I’m so proud of these girls. It was really hot and they continued to give all they had,” said Greenig. “Even though they were down four runs, they came out strong and put the ball in play.”
Bowman and Kaylee Watson each had two singles and one RBI to pace the Trojans’ offense. Brooke McLain finished with a single, two RBI and three runs scored; Caytlyn Nystrom singled, knocked in one run and scored; and Shelby Heston drew a pair of walks and plated one run. Taylor Ferrel and Corynn Klehm also scored once.
From the pitcher’s mound, Bowman went all six innings and allowed eight runs on eight hits. She punched out six Rockets.
JV Orange plays today at Pekin. Start time is set for 1 p.m.