Fairfield overcomes eight-run deficit to beat Fort Madison
The Fairfield Trojans were staring at a sweep at the hands of Fort Madison Wednesday when they lost game 1 and fell behind 8-0 in game 2.
The Trojans rallied for six runs in the fourth inning, and then tied the game on Tyler Cooksey’s two-run bomb in the fifth.
The improbable comeback was complete when Josh Dimmitt scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning.
BLOODHOUNDS 2, TROJANS 0
Neither team got much going offensively in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader in Fairfield.
In the top of the second, Joseph Hietpas hit a batter, who advanced to third when Hietpas threw the ball into right field while trying to pick him off first.
The runner scored on a groundout later that inning.
Fairfield helped out Fort Madison for its second run in the third when Ryan Snaadt reached on a dropped third strike and then scored on Jonathon Temenak’s single.
Hietpas threw all seven innings, surrendering two unearned runs on four hits, one walk, one hit batter and nine strikeouts.
TROJANS 9, BLOODHOUNDS 8
The Bloodhounds scored early and often in game 2, putting up three in the first, two in the second and three more in the third.
The Trojans’ bats had remained quiet all night until the fourth inning when they exploded for six runs on six hits.
One inning later, Hietpas walked with one out to bring up Cooksey. Cooksey saw seven pitches in the at-bat, the last of which sailed over the outfield fence.
Fort Madison threatened to score in the top of the seventh when Tate Pumphrey walked and then advanced to third on two passed balls. However, Ryan Gaumer struck out Snaadt to end the inning and the Bloodhounds’ threat.
In the bottom of the seventh, Josh Dimmitt doubled with one out. He advanced to third on a throwing error by the shortstop. Mason Ellis hit a groundball to second, but Dimmitt decided to stay put at third rather than risk being put out at home. Ellis was out on the play for the second out of the inning.
One batter later, Dimmitt came running home on a wild pitch, which sent the home crowd into pandemonium.
“I’m really proud of the way the boys battled tonight,” said Trojan head coach Josh Allison. “Defensively, we really stepped up tonight with some great defense from Narendra [Martin], Tyler [Cooksey] and Mason [Ellis].”
Allison said Chet Vogt did a terrific job behind the plate. He said Vogt had not caught the pitchers who threw Wednesday before the game.
“Kooper [Dahlstrom] was instrumental in the comeback tonight,” Allison said. “He led off the big inning with a single and later that inning drove in a run. I thought he did a great job tonight.”
Allison said it will be important for his team to ride the emotional high from game 2 into the doubleheader tonight in Keokuk. The game starts at 5:30 p.m.