Fairfield uses big inning to down Pella Christian 6-4
The Fairfield baseball team only scored in one inning against Pella Christian Saturday but they made it count.
The Trojans used a six-spot in the second inning to cruise to a 6-4 victory over the Eagles, who actually out-hit the Trojans 11-6.
The Eagles might have out-hit the Trojans but the Trojans played better defense as they committed two errors to the Eagles’ five. Two of Pella Christian’s errors were costly as they opened the floodgates in the Trojans’ big second inning.
After Mason Ellis singled to lead off the inning, Kooper Dahlstrom reached on a fielding error by the third baseman. Spencer Peterman followed with a single to score Ellis. On the play, the Pella Christian pitcher made a throwing error to allow both Dahlstrom and Peterman to advance into scoring position.
Later in the inning, Chet Vogt singled to score Dahlstrom, and Jordan Whitney singled to score Peterman.
Joseph Hietpas was intentionally walked to load the bases for Tyler Cooksey. Even though Cooksey grounded out, two runs scored during his at-bat, first when Vogt scored on a passed ball and second when Whitney scored on the groundout. Hietpas scored on another passed ball later in the inning.
Wyatt Stark started and picked up the “w.” He pitched 5.2 innings, allowing four earned runs on 10 hits, no walks and four strikeouts.
Ryan Gaumer pitched one inning in relief and Darrin Dimmitt got one out in relief.
Fairfield head coach Josh Allison praised Stark’s pitching performance.
“He threw strikes and mixed his pitches well to earn his first varsity win,” he said.
Allison said he was pleased to get to play guys who haven’t seen as much action on the field before. He also remarked on Dahlstrom’s terrific catch in the seventh inning.
“If that ball drops in, that game becomes even more exciting,” he said.
Fairfield hosts Mt. Pleasant tonight beginning at 5:30 p.m.