Trojans blank Comets twice Wednesday
The Fairfield Trojan softball team never allowed a run in its doubleheader against Cardinal Wednesday.
The Trojans won the first game, 7-0. The Comets were blanked once again in game 2, 4-0.
Trojan head coach Bob Bradfield said Cardinal is normally a good-hitting team that is difficult to keep off the scoreboard. The fact Fairfield shut out the Comets in two games is a testament to Trojans’ pitching and defense, he said.
“We made the routine plays on defense, and when you do that you have a good chance to win,” he said.
TROJANS 7, COMETS 0
The Trojans used a big first inning to jump ahead early. They scored five runs in the first and two more in the second to put the game out of reach after it had just begun.
Sydney Burnett had a great night as she went 3-4 with three doubles and two runs. Kenady Waugh doubled and scored twice. Mackenzie McClure went 1-2 and drove in two runs. Marisa Repp drove in a run and scored one.
Waugh and McClure were involved in an interesting play in the second inning. Waugh was at third and McClure was at first. McClure attempted to steal second, hoping to draw a throw from the catcher to allow Waugh to score.
McClure did, in fact, draw the throw, which allowed Waugh to scurry home. However, McClure was then caught in a rundown between first and second. McClure did not give herself up as she zoomed back and forth between the two bases, narrowly avoiding tags from the Cardinal defenders. Eventually, McClure slid safely back into first after a throw sailed high of the bag.
Freshman hurler Alli Deao quieted the Comets’ bats over seven innings. She surrendered three hits and a walk while fanning two.
TROJANS 4, COMETS 0
Early scoring was the name of the game in round 2 as the Trojans scored a pair of runs in the first inning. They added two more in the third.
Waugh went 2-3 with a run. Karley Williams singled and drove in a run. Burnett singled and scored. Katie Anderson went 1-3 with a run.
Haley Grunwald was just as sharp from the pitching rubber as Deao was in game 1. Grunwald allowed three hits and no walks in seven innings.
“Both of our pitchers threw well that night,” Bradfield said. “They each gave up three hits, and that’s about all you can ask of your pitchers.”
Fairfield is now 22-8. The Trojans travel to Keokuk tonight for a 5:30 p.m. showdown.