Fairfield to play Mt. Pleasant in regional semis
Fairfield is all too familiar with its opponent in Saturday’s Class 4A Region 5 semifinal.
With an 8-1 win Thursday over Keokuk, the Mt. Pleasant Panthers earned the right to move on and face Fairfield, which received a first round bye.
The Class 4A No. 8 Trojans (29-6, 14-1 SEC) should go into this matchup with plenty of confidence. Not only is Fairfield 9-0 against the Panthers over the last two seasons, but the Trojans also defeated them in the first round of the playoffs in 2013. The score of last year’s contest was 8-4. Alli Deao went six strong innings on the mound and allowed just two earned runs.
Fairfield is also riding a nine-game win streak coming into this matchup.
Mt. Pleasant (16-23) should also be riding a positive streak. Keokuk was a state ranked team, and the Panthers went on to the Chiefs’ home field and dealt them an 8-1 loss. The Panthers had lost nine of their last ten games, so maybe that win will provide them just the momentum they needed.
A win would mean Fairfield’s road would likely lead to Oskaloosa again, just like last season, when the Trojans defeated the Indians in the semifinals before losing to Winterset in the regional final. This time around, only two games need to be won to get to the state tournament, not three.
Only two seniors, Marisa Repp and Sydney Burnett, are on the team. The Trojans will likely need their young talent to perform well now more than ever.
The semifinal game will be played Saturday at 7 p.m. at Fairfield Middle School. The winner will face either Pella or Oskaloosa.
Playoff Schedule : Class 4A Region 5 Semifinals (07/12)
Mt. Pleasant @ Fairfield, 7 p.m.
Pella @ Oskaloosa, 7 p.m.
Thursday's Playoff Softball Scores
Class 4A Regional Scores
Spencer 7, Algona 2
Lemars 14, Storm Lake 0
Western Dubuque 6, Decorah 4
Charles City 12, Webster City 2
Marion 10, Dubuque Wahlert 5
Maquoketa 4, Central DeWitt 3
Clear Creek-Amana 2, Davenport North 1
Washington 10, Fort Madison 5
Pella 1, Grinnell 0
Mt. Pleasant 8, Keokuk 1
Knoxville 10, Des Moines Hoover 5
Saydel 6, Newton 0
Glenwoord 6, Lewis Central 1
Winterset 11, Creston 0
Perry 8, Harlan 6
Carroll 7, Denison-Schleswig 6
Class 5A Regional Scores
Sioux City North 2, Sioux City West 0
Mason City 8, Cedar Falls 0
Dubuque Hempstead 11, Clinton 0
Davenport West 10, Davenport Central 0
Bettendorf 11, Burlington 2
Cedar Rapids Kennedy 2, Waterloo East 1
Ames 8, Des Moines North 3
Urbandale 4, Des Moines Roosevelt 0