Rain dampens otherwise great day for Fairfield
CENTERVILLE — Fairfield found itself on the right side of a pair of 7-3 baseball games Wednesday evening in Centerville, though the visitors took two completely different paths to get there.
Fairfield used a steady stream of offense to take a 7-3 victory in game one, then busted loose for seven runs in the three-inning nightcap, which was suspended due to rain.
“We are very pleased with the play tonight. We played some really good defense in very tough conditions,” Fairfield head coach Josh Allison said. “The boys were playing the game the right way, hustling and having fun.”
The Trojans opened the first game with a 4-0 lead through three innings. Josh Dimmitt doubled home Darrin Dimmitt in the top of the first, and Narenda Martin singled in Kooper Dahlstrom in the second. The two-run third inning included a sacrifice fly from Dahlstrom to score Josh Dimmitt and an RBI single from Spencer Peterman which scored Austin Gridley.
Centerville put across two runs in the fourth inning to narrow the deficit to two, but Fairfield answered with a pair of insurance runs in the fifth and one in the seventh.
Gridley pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and five walks. Chet Vogt picked up the win, allowing one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief, and Peterman pitched the Trojans out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh for the save.
“Our pitchers tonight did a great job of battling and made some good pitches. I really thought Gridley made good progress pitching tonight,” said Allison.
Six Fairfield players combined to total eight hits in the first game. Dahlstrom was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in, and Josh Dimmitt went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI. Gridley finished 1-for-2 with three runs scored, and Peterman, Martin and Mason Ellis slapped one hit apiece.
“Offensively we did a great job of hitting with confidence, moving runners when possible and putting some good swings and at-bats together. Everybody was able to contribute in some way,” Allison said.
In fact, the only thing that seemed capable of shutting down Fairfield Wednesday was the rain.
The Trojans opened game two strong, building a 4-0 lead after one inning. Darrin Dimmitt got the scoring started on a wild throw, and Joe Hietpas scored on a Tyler Cooksey double. Josh Dimmitt came around on a fielding error, and Cooksey later plated a run on the Big Reds’ third error in the inning.
With a 4-2 lead after two, the Trojans tacked on three more runs in the third before rain cut the contest short. Peterman, Martin and Justin Leonard all batted in one run in the inning.
Jordan Whitney tossed the two innings for Fairfield. The junior allowed six hits and all three runs.
Fairfield (2-2) returns home today for a Southeast Conference doubleheader vs. Keokuk (4-7), which is coming off a 20-8 victory over Central Lee. Start time is 5:30 p.m.
Fairfield @ Centerville (Game 1)
Fairfield – 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 — 7 8 2
Centerville – 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 — 3 7 3
FAIRFIELD — D. Dimmitt R, J. Dimmitt 2-4, 2B, RBI, R; Gridley 1-2, 2B, 3R; Ellis 1-4, RBI; Cooksey R; Dahlstrom 2-3, 2B, 2RBI, R; Peterman 1-3, RBI; Martin 1-2, RBI
Pitching — Gridley 4 2/3 INN, 2R, ER, 5H, 4K, 5BB; Vogt (W) 1 1/3 INN, R, 0ER, 2H, 2BB; Peterman (S) 1 INN, 0R, 2K
Fairfield @ Centerville (Game 2)
Fairfield – 4 0 3 — 7 6 0
Centerville – 0 2 1 — 3 6 2
FAIRFIELD — D. Dimmitt 1-2, 2B, R; Hietpas 1-2, RBI, R; J. Dimmitt R; Cooksey 2-2, 2(2B), 2R; Peterman 1-1, RBI, R; Leonard 1-1, 3B, RBI, R; Martin RBI
Pitching — Whitney 2 INN, 3R, 3ER, 6H, K, BB