Timely hitting leads Trojans past visiting Panthers
The Trojan boys did not quite dominate the opposition Monday as their classmates did next door on the softball diamond, but the baseball team still earned a sweep against the Panthers of Mount Pleasant.
TROJANS 5, PANTHERS 4
The Trojans led 5-1 after three innings. Mount Pleasant made the game interesting with two runs in the sixth and another in the seventh but ultimately the rally fell short.
Jordan Whitney got the Trojans on the board in the second with an unusual three-run single. Spencer Peterman and Austin Gridley scored on the play, as did Jordan Reid, who came all the way from first base and scored thanks to the centerfielder’s fielding error.
In the third, Mason Ellis doubled and scored on Kooper Dahlstrom’s two-run dinger.
Joseph Hietpas struck out 14 hitters in six innings on the hill to earn the victory. Hietpas surrendered four runs, two earned, on a walk, hit batter and seven hits. He was relieved by Peterman, who pitched the final inning and allowed one hit while striking out one.
TROJANS 3, PANTHERS 1
The Trojans got five hits in the game and did a good job of bunching them together. In the fourth, Josh Dimmitt singled and scored on Ellis’s double.
After two flyouts, Gridley reached on a fielding error which allowed Ellis to score. Reid followed with a double to plate Gridley for the Trojans’ third run, which is all they would need.
Gridley pitched 6.2 innings to earn the victory. He allowed one unearned run on three hits and three walks while hitting one batter and striking out seven. Peterman came on to record the final out of the game, a called-third strike with runners on second and third.
“This was definitely a fun night of baseball,” said Fairfield head coach Josh Allison. “Those are the kinds of games that help build confidence and will help in the tournament games.”
Allison said Peterman did a great job of closing both games and made an impressive catch over his shoulder.
“Both Joe and Austin threw the ball well,” he said. “With a couple guys injured, we had a couple guys really step up.”
Allison said his team is seeing the ball exceptionally well at the plate.
“We’re doing a great job with our approaches at the plate and hitting the ball pretty hard,” he said. “Even most of our outs are hard hit balls.”
The Trojan varsity and junior varsity teams travel to Mid-Prairie for a game at 5:30 p.m. tonight.