SPORTS IN BRIEF: Cardinal defeats BGM, Fairfield softball/baseball, Van Buren baseball
Cardinal defeats BGM, moves on in regionals
The Cardinal softball team disposed of BGM (Brooklyn) 13-1 in four innings to kick off the Class 2A regional playoffs Tuesday in Eldon.
The Comets (17-11) got the bats going early, scoring eight runs in the first inning to take a commanding lead.
A trio of Comets came up huge at the plate. Leadoff hitter Alexis Adam went 3-3 with four runs scored and two RBIs. Lindsey Davis also had three hits, including a double and drove in three runs. Danae Moses was a perfect 4-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
Lexi Fullenkamp came up with two hits and Schylar Conger drove in two runs.
Fullenkamp was on the mound again for Cardinal. She only had to pitch four innings, which was crucial with the workload she has received this season.
“I am more than excited that the game only lasted four innings last night,” Cardinal coach Hilarie Droz said. “We have to save Lexi as much as possible. She started off strong last night, and the less innings we play, the better.”
Cardinal will travel to Pella Christian (14-18) tonight for a spot in the regional semifinals.
“If the team that came to play last night comes to play tonight, I have no worries at all. We played with a lot of intensity and that is the team I’ve been looking for this whole season.
JV softball team has success
The Fairfield JV softball team took both games of a home doubleheader Monday against Mt. Pleasant.
The Trojans took game one 5-4 on the back of Ashton Drish, who got the win on the mound after allowing five hits and striking out five.
Mikaela Lunsford went 2-2 at the plate and Corynn Klehm hit a double.
Game two’s final score was 10-4. Sara Trent allowed just three hits and three walks on the mound. Drish, Klehm, Lunsford, Sarah Swanson, Allie Kensett and Jasmine Elmore each got a hit for Fairfield.
The Trojans then traveled to Ottumwa and earned a doubleheader split on Tuesday.
Drish got another win on the mound in Fairfield’s game one 6-2 victory. Drish racked up two more hits at the plate as well.
Lunsford went 3-4 with a double. Natalie Angstead, Brooke McLain and Sophie Allen each got a hit.
Fairfield lost game two 16-6. Abby Gridley went 2-2 to lead Fairfield at the plate. Drish, Lunsford, McLain, Caytlyn Nystrom and Nicole Buch were each able to pick up hits as well.
JV baseball falls to Mid-Prairie
The Fairfield JV baseball team lost 10-8 Tuesday to Mid-Prairie at Fairfield Middle School.
The Trojans had plenty of success in the batter’s box, but their pitching was not able to keep up with Mid-Prairie’s bats.
Cody Craff went 3-3 with two doubles and five RBIs to lead Fairfield’s hitters.
Brandon Smithburg went 2-4 with a triple. Josh Osby and Giovanni Cingire both finished with two hits as well.
Long ball fuels Warriors in victory
Robby Laughlin and Will Mertens both hit home runs for Van Buren in its 7-2 win over IMS Tuesday in Keosauqua.
Laughlin finished with three RBIs in the ball game, while Mertens drove in two.
Garrett Saunders finished 2-3 on the night with two runs scored and four stolen bases. Saunders now leads the entire state with 41 stolen bases on the year.
Tom Fitzsimmons pitched six innings on the mound, allowing just six hits, one walk and one earned run.