SPORTS IN BRIEF: Fairfield soccer, Pekin softball, Cardinal baseball, Van Buren baseball
Clippers eliminate Trojans in regional
Soccer season has come to an end in Fairfield with the varisty girls’ team losing in the second round of Class 1A regionals to No. 6 Clear Creek-Amana 5-1 Friday in Tiffin.
The Trojans got off to a rough start and were down 4-0 at halftime.
“Our errors came from one-on-one defense,” Fairfield coach Michiel Hekker said.
The field turf played a factor as well. The ball moves quicker and the pace of the game is completly sped up on a turf field as opposed to natural grass.
“Once we got adjusted we played a lot better,” Hekker said.
Huma Liptak scored Fairfield’s goal, which was assisted by Elaine Brandt. Once the Trojans got adjusted to the field conditions, they only gave up one goal in the second half.
Fairfield finishes the season 13-4.
“It was an awesome season,” Hekker said. “A lot of players stepped up and played a huge role for us.”
Pekin wins one against Mustangs
The Pekin High School softball team split a road doubleheader Friday at Davis County.
The Panthers lost the first game 4-2. Down 2-0 going into the seventh inning, Pekin scored two runs to tie the game. The Mustangs scored a walk-off run in the seventh in win.
Madelyn Baker went 2-4 with a RBI. Ashlyn Zook went 2-3 with a double and a RBI. Peyton Atwood and Kaylee Linder both got hits. Emily Bemis finished with a RBI. Zook pitched 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight.
Pekin recovered and won the second game 2-1. McKenna Gambell pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and four walks. Zook came in to record the save.
Courtney Comstock went 2-3 at the plate with a double and a RBI. Cassidy Tolle scored a run.
Pekin (4-4) will travel tonight to Highland.
Cardinal takes down Crusaders
The Cardinal baseball team defeated Holy Trinity Catholic 10-1 Friday in Eldon.
The top of lineup did damage for the Comets, as hitters two through four in the lineup drove in seven runs.
No. 2 hitter Brennon Elder went 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. No. 3 hitter Cody Streeby went 1-3 with a home run and three RBI. Cleanup hitter Conner McElderry 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Leadoff hitter Tyler Albert went 3-4 with a triple and three runs scored.
“[It was] a very balanced and solid performance offensively,” Cardinal coach Tom Hallgren said. “We need to continue to be efficient offensively as we develop as a team.”
Junior Taylor Blunt pitched a complete game, striking out nine batters over the course of seven innings. Blunt allowed five hits, three walks and one earned run.
The Comets (3-3) travel tonight to Central Lee.
Van Buren still undefeated after win over Wapello
The Van Buren baseball team is now 8-0 after defeating Wapello 10-2 Friday.
Will Mertens led the Warriors offensively. The sophomore right fielder went 2-4 with a home run, three RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases. Garrett Saunders went 2-4 with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored. Robby Laughlin went 2-4 with two doubles and two runs scored. Tanner Smith finished with two RBI.
Robert Barker allowed two runs over five innings on the mound. Barker struck out 12 batters.
The Warriors had their home tournament rained out on Saturday. Van Buren will host Class 1A No. 1 Twin Cedars tonight in Keosauqua.