Gridley no-hits Panthers in 6-0 win
MOUNT PLEASANT — Fairfield’s Austin Gridley threw a no-hitter in game one to lead the Trojans to a 6-0 Southeast Conference victory over host Mount Pleasant, but the Panthers’ Dustin Amos came back with an impressive pitching performance of his own in the nightcap and, with plenty of run support, the Panthers claimed a 11-1 victory to split the doubleheader against their conference rivals.
Gridley was just one walk and one fielding error away from seven perfect innings as he dominated last night’s opener at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex in Mount Pleasant.
“Austin (Gridley) had a tremendous performance in the first game, throwing a no-hitter,” Fairfield coach Josh Allison said. “He went right after hitters, and the defense played well behind him.”
Gridley threw 47 strikes and 26 balls in the contest for a total of 73 pitches in the complete game effort. He struck out eight of the 23 batters he faced.
“He came out and threw a gem,” Mount Pleasant coach Brent Broeker said. “He was hitting all his spots.”
The only Mount Pleasant baserunners in the contest were Jacob Dilks and Devyn Broeker. Dilks took a five-pitch walk in the second inning and Broeker reached on an error in the sixth.
Meanwhile, the Fairfield hitters backed up Gridley with six runs in the fifth inning after going scoreless through the first four.
Seven walks in the fifth inning, plus singles by Spencer Peterman and Gridley, helped the Trojans to a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
“(Last) night was a good night for the baseball team,” Allison said. “We had a lot of good at-bats, with Josh Dimmitt leading the way and several others hitting the ball hard.”
Dimmitt had a double in each game for the Trojans.
However, Dimmitt’s hit was one of just three Fairfield hits in the nightcap as game two went the Panthers’ way.
The host team managed 13 hits — led by Tyler Pace and Justin Dilks with three each.
“In game two, we did a much better job of squaring up on the baseball,” Broeker said.
The ball had a way of eluding the Fairfield defenders in the contest, allowing Mount Pleasant to take a big lead and end the game early.
“The second game score wasn’t indicative of the game performance,” Allison said. “Early on they had a few seeing-eye hits, and we had a hard time recovering from them.”
The Trojans also had a hard time handling pitcher Dustin Amos, who went all five innings and allowed just three hits and no walks. He struck out three batters, throwing 46 strikes and just 17 balls.
“For the second outing in a row, Amos did a great job — he was hitting his spots, getting ahead of hitters and getting us a lot of ground balls, fly balls,” Broeker said.
“I’m feeling more confident this year with everything,” said Amos, a junior. “I kept them guessing, changed speed — I threw a lot of off-speed stuff.”
The Panthers are now 5-6 overall and 3-1 in the SEC. The Trojans are 5-3 overall, 3-1 in conference play.
The Panthers are at Albia for a JV/varsity doubleheader on Wednesday, and Fairfield plays a newly scheduled game vs. Davis County Wednesday.
Fairfield @ Mount Pleasant (Game 1)
Fairfield – 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 — 6 5 1
Mt. Pleasant – 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 0 0
WP — Austin Gridley (1-0) 7 INN, 0H, 8K, BB
LP — Connor Shull (1-2)
FAIRFIELD — Darrin Dimmitt: 0-3, BB, run. Joseph Hietpas: 0-3, BB, RBI, run. Josh Dimmitt: 1-2, 2B, RBI. Gridley: 1-4, 2 RBI, run. Mason Ellis: 0-3, BB, run. Kooper Dahlstrom: 1-4. Tyler Cooksey: 0-2, 2 BB, RBI. Justin Leonard: 1-2, 2 BB, run. Spencer Peterman: 1-3, run. Steals — Darrin Dimmitt, Dahlstrom.
Fairfield @ Mount Pleasant (Game 2)
Fairfield – 0 0 0 0 1 — 1 3 1
Mt. Pleasant – 1 1 4 5 x — 11 13 3
WP — Dustin Amos (2-1)
LP — Ryan Gaumer (2-1) 2 1/3 INN, 5H, 6R, 5ER, 2K, 2BB
FAIRFIELD — Josh Dimmitt: 1-2, 2B. Ellis: 1-2. Cooksey: 1-2, run.