Trojan softball earns split to open season
The Fairfield softball team got its season underway Friday by splitting a doubleheader at Class 2A No. 4 Eddyville-Blakesburg.
The Trojans fell in the first game 2-1 in eight innings. Fairfield only managed two hits, which came courtesy of Sydney Burnett and Brynna Bowman. Jolea Burkhart scored the only run.
“Our bats will come around because we have experienced and proven hitters,” Fairfield coach Bob Bradfield said. “The lack of offense was partially because it was our first game, and partially because they had great pitching.”
Fairfield’s Alli Deao pitched seven-plus innings, giving up two runs, four hits and one walk. Deao struck out five batters. Ninth-place hitter Claire Jager hit a game-winning solo home run off of Deao in the eighth inning, which was one of the very few mistakes Deao made all evening.
Behind freshmen pitcher Haley Beard, the Trojans took the second game 5-1. Beard threw all seven innings, allowing only seven hits, two walks and one earned run.
“I was really impressed with the way we pitched,” Bradfield said. “They have one of the best line-ups we’ll face all year.”
Bowman, Kenady Waugh and Karley Williams each smashed two hits for Fairfield. Williams finished with two RBI, while Waugh and Marisa Repp each drove in one.
Class 4A No. 9 Fairfield will play again tonight at Davis County.