Thunderous Trojan bats beat Oskaloosa
OSKALOOSA – The Trojans piled on the runs in a pair of wins against the Oskaloosa baseball team Tuesday in Oskaloosa.
Fairfield won the first slugfest by a score of 12-7. The Trojans had enough gas left in the tank to muster seven runs in game 2, which they won 7-3.
TROJANS 12, INDIANS 7
Fairfield waited until the twilight innings before starting the engine on its offensive bulldozer. Oskaloosa led 6-2 after three innings, but four Trojan runs in the fourth, five in the sixth and one more in the seventh turned the match into an easy win for the visitors.
Austin Gridley started the scoring for the Trojans in style with a two-run bomb in the second inning. The Trojans got in a big hole in the bottom of the third owing to three defensive miscues that let four Indian runners score.
The Indians had a few defensive slipups of their own in the fifth. The Trojans were able to score four times that inning on two Indian errors even while never recording a base hit. In the inning, Spencer Peterman hit a ball to right field with the bases loaded. The rightfielder misplayed the ball, which allowed three runners to score.
The Indians’ fielding woes continued the next inning, when once again the Trojans scored multiple runs, five, without the aid of a hit thanks to three Indian errors.
Wyatt Stark pitched 4.2 innings to get the win. He allowed one run, unearned, on six hits, one walk, one hit batter and one strikeout. Joseph Hietpas pitched one inning, allowing one unearned run on hit with four punchouts. Ryan Gaumer pitched 1.1 innings and allowed five runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks with one strikeout.
“Two wins tonight was a good way to start the week,” said Fairfield coach Josh Allison. “Wyatt did a tremendous job during the first game and settling things down.”
Allison said he was proud of how his team came from behind to win the first game.
TROJANS 7, INDIANS 3
Unlike game 1, where the Trojans had to claw out of a hole, the Trojans were in command of this game the whole way.
In the top of the third, Jordan Reid scored on Hietpas’ sacrifice fly. Peterman, who doubled earlier in the inning, scored on an error by the second baseman.
One inning later, Kooper Dahlstrom walked to lead things off. He later scored on a fielder’s choice. Darren Dimmitt, who also had reached base via a free pass, scored on Peterman’s single, which also plated Jordan Whitney.
Hietpas stepped to the plate and belted a two-run jack over the fence.
Cameron Baumann pitched five innings in the winning effort. He allowed no runs on one hit and two walks to go with nine whiffs. Whitney pitched one inning and surrendered three runs, all earned, on two hits, two walks, a hit-batter and one strikeout. Peterman pitched a single inning, too, allowing no runs with two walks and two punchouts.
“Cameron had a great outing in the second game, allowing only one hit,” said the coach. “I felt the boys did a good job at the plate not pressing and accepting the base on balls. We had several guys with multiple hits on the night.”
Hietpas finished with a double, a homer and three RBIs. Peterman was 2-4 with a double and two RBIs.
The Trojans travel to Fort Madison tonight for a game at 5:30 p.m.