Fairfield splits two close games at Keokuk
The Trojan softball team earned a split in a pair of close road games against Keokuk Thursday night.
The Trojans got the better of the Chiefs in game 1, 4-3. Keokuk responded by winning the nightcap, 5-4.
TROJANS 4, CHIEFS 3
The two teams mirrored each other’s scoring until the final inning. Both teams were scoreless through three innings. When Fairfield jumped ahead by two in the fourth, Keokuk responded with two of its own. When Fairfield tacked on one more in the fifth, Keokuk tied the game in the bottom half of the inning.
Fairfield pushed across a run in the top of the seventh, but this time Keokuk had no answer as the Trojans won game 1.
Sydney Burnett ran around the bases all night as she tripled, doubled and drove in a run. Katie Anderson doubled, drove in a run and scored one. Kenady Waugh singled and scored. Mackenzie McClure doubled and batted in two runs. Bryana Gridley singled and scored.
Alli Deao and Haley Grunwald divided the pitching duties in game 1. Deao started and got a no-decision as she pitched five innings while allowing five hits, three earned runs on three walks and three strikeouts.
Grunwald came on in relief to earn the victory. She pitched two innings, surrendering no hits and no walks while fanning one.
CHIEFS 5, TROJANS 4
Keokuk got out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second inning. Fairfield snuck ahead with three runs in the fifth, but its lead was short-lived as the Chiefs put up three in the sixth. The Trojans needed two runs to tie in the seventh. They got one but couldn’t come up with the second as the Chiefs salvaged a split.
Burnett continued to stroke the ball well in game 2 as she collected two hits and a run. Anderson scored a run and drove in two. Waugh singled twice. Marisa Repp doubled and drove in a run. Kelsey Roberts singled and scored.
Grunwald started and took the loss, giving up four hits, five runs, only one of which was earned, on a walk and two K’s in 5.1 innings. Deao got the final two outs of the sixth, giving up no runs on no hits with a walk and a strikeout.