SPORTS IN BRIEF: Higgins at state meet, Fairfield soccer, Van Buren baseball, softball
Higgins takes seventh at state
Fairfield’s Nick Higgins was the Trojans’ No. 1 golfer this season, and he played his role well at the State Golf Meet Friday and Saturday at Ames Golf and Country Club.
The sophomore finished seventh overall in Class 3A with a 151 (73+78). Higgins not only finished seventh at the meet, but also finished ranked seventh overall.
“I was so proud of Nick in how he handled himself when a bad shot or hole occurred,” Fairfield coach Mick Flattery said. “Nick gave himself a chance at the individual title by shooting very well on Friday. He has an unbelievably bright future.”
Flattery was able to walk with Higgins for all 36 holes. Higgins managed three birdies in the first round, and got a 38 on the front nine and a 35 on the back nine.
Higgins took five more strokes on Saturday than he did Friday. His 151 was only eight strokes behind tournament winner Alex Moorman of Centerville. Moorman is only a junior, meaning both players will be back next season to compete again for a championship.
The state performance for Higgins capped an extremely strong season for the Trojans. Fairfield was ranked in the Class 3A top 10 all season, won five tournaments including the Fairfield Invite and had five seniors finish with All-Academic honors.
Fairfield soccer falls to Clippers in substate final
The Fairfield boys’ soccer team’s season came to a close Saturday with a 2-0 loss in the substate final to Clear Creek-Amana in Tiffin.
Just one win away from making it to state, the Trojans hoped to use the momentum of beating rival Washington in the game Saturday. Clear Creek-Amana scored early, with Jon Jacobson putting in two goals.
“[Clear Creek-Amana] was a good team,” Fairfield coach Felisto Guezimane said. “Plus it was a turf field, which is not what we’re used to. The ball bounces a little differently, and it’s almost like playing indoor soccer.”
Fairfield ends the season with a 10-9 record. Guezimane is proud of the way his players, who attend both Fairfield High School and Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, played with one another.
“It took a while for us to adjust and come together as a team,” Guezimane said. “But later in the season we just clicked and started playing like we we’re capable of.”
Warriors get two more wins on baseball diamond
The Van Buren High School baseball team is now 4-0 after picking up wins Friday and Saturday.
The Warriors defeated New London 10-5 Friday. Robert Barker pitched five innings, gave up seven hits, three walks and five runs. He also struck out five.
Garrett Saunders went 2-3 with a home run, 4 RBI and two stolen bases from the leadoff spot. Austin Bartholomew also had two hits and drove in one run.
Keokuk fell to Van Buren 8-7 Saturday at the Davis County tournament. The Chiefs scored five runs in the fifth inning, forcing Warriors starter Tyson Sprouse out of the game. Robby Laughlin came into the game and stopped the rally. Laughlin would finish with two runs given up over 2 2/3 innings and got two strikeouts.
Saunders and Bartholomew got six more hits and five runs scored combined against Keokuk. Through four games, Saunders is batting .714 with three home runs, 12 RBI, 11 runs scored and six stolen bases. Barker and Laughlin both finished the game with a hit and two RBIs.
The Davis County tournament final against Fairfield was canceled because of rain. The Warriors will host Cardinal tonight in Keosauqua.
Van Buren softball team wins 20-0
The Van Buren softball team started off the weekend with a 7-5 loss to Davis County.
On Saturday at the WACO tournement, the Warriors started off the day with a 13-5 loss to Central Lee. The day turned around when Van Buren beat WACO 20-0. Nine different Warriors got a hit. Taylor Murguia got three hits, stole three bases and drove in four runs. Kadie Meek scored two runs and drove in three. Abby Rider went 2-3 with three runs scored and two RBI.