Fairfield splits conference doubleheader at Keokuk
After exchanging the lead seven times, an Alex Crile sacrifice fly scored Cameron Baumann and put the Trojans ahead for good.
The sacrifice was part of a three-run sixth-inning for the Trojans, and Fairfield won the first game of their Southeast Conference doubleheader Thursday at Keokuk 7-4. The Chiefs would take the second game 2-1 to salvage a split.
Keokuk (3-8, 2-2 SEC) struck first when leadoff hitter Austin Almon led off the game with a single and would later come around to score. Mason Ellis would answer in the top of the second inning with a triple. He would score a batter later on the first of Crile’s two sacrifice flies in game one. The two squads would exchange blows for the rest of the game.
Crile would finish with three RBI. Kooper Dahlstrom went 2-4 with a double and one RBI. Austin Gridley also drove in a run. Baumann went 3-4 and Alex Christensen went 2-4. Leadoff hitter Narendra Martin sparked the offense by getting two hits and scoring three runs.
Wyatt Stark threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed only two earned runs. Stark gave up six hits, two walks and struck out six Chiefs. Joe Hietpas came in to close the game and recorded one strikeout over 2/3 of an inning.
Keokuk’s Dakota Shaw stymied the Trojans in the second game. He allowed only five, one walk and one earned run while striking out six in his complete game victory. Gridley did his best to match Shaw on the mound. He went six innings and only gave up three hits and five walks for the Trojans, but two unearned runs crossed the plate in the sixth inning that would wind up being the difference.
Fairfield scored its only run in the second inning on an Ellis sacrifice fly that scored Jordan Reid. Cody Craff got two hits in the game, while Hietpas and Martin both got one.
Now sitting at 10-3 overall and 3-1 in the Southeast Conference, Class 3A No. 4 ranked Fairfield will host rival Mt. Pleasant on Monday.
Recap – Game 1
Fairfield – 0110131 – 7 11 3
Keokuk – 1110001 – 4 6 3
Recap – Game 2
Fairfield – 0100000 – 1 5 4
Keokuk – 000002x – 2 3 0