Pitching propels Pella over Trojans
Austin Gridley smacked another home run and Cameron Baumann pitched five innings, but it wasn’t enough, as Pella handed the Fairfield baseball team a 4-1 loss Wednesday in Pella.
No. 6 Fairfield (2-1) scored first in the fourth inning on Gridley’s solo homer. The Dutch would then score all four of their runs in the bottom of the inning. Junior Tanner Wood got the inning rolling with a single, and Pella rallied from there. Baumann gave up four hits in the inning, but only five total on the night. He struck out five and walked three, while also throwing 12 first pitch strikes. Chet Vogt threw one scoreless inning in relief.
The star of the night was Pella starting pitcher Grant Judkins, who pitched six innings, surrendered only four hits, three walks and one run, and struck out 10 Trojans. Senior Austin Titman got the save, striking out two batters in the seventh inning.
“Judkins located his pitches really well, threw for good velocity and had a nice curveball,” Fairfield coach Josh Allison said. “We had a hard time squaring him up. It was a really good pitching matchup.”
Gridley had a single to go along with his second home run in as many days. Mason Ellis and Kooper Dahlstrom both singled as well.
The Trojans have a road contest Friday in Ottumwa before traveling to the Davis County tournament Saturday. Fairfield could possibly get a matchup with Class 1A no. 3 Van Buren at the tournament.
“We’ll keep working to get better, get some good practice reps, and be ready for tomorrow night,” Allison said.
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