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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 25, 2014

Trojans defeat Panthers, advance to final

By ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger sports editor | Jul 15, 2014
Photo by: ALLYUS FRITZ/Ledger photo Fairfield senior Marisa Repp walks in the first inning Saturday against Mt. Pleasant. Karley Williams would hit a grand slam later in the inning.

A 1-1 change up was all Karley Williams needed to make an impact in Fairfield’s regional semifinal playoff game against Mt. Pleasant at Fairfield Middle School.

With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, the Trojans took advantage of two walks and an error to load the bases. Williams came to the plate and rocked the Jena Stukerjurgen pitch over the fence for a grand slam. A batter later, Sara Trent hit a solo home run to put Fairfield up 5-0. That’s all the Trojans would need, as they would go on to win 9-1 and will move on to play Oskaloosa in the regional final Tuesday.

Experienced players came through consistently for the Trojans. Senior leadoff hitter Sydney Burnett went 2-4 with two doubles. Fairfield’s other senior, first baseman Marisa Repp, went 2-3 with a double, a walk and drove in two runs.

“It’s exciting for me because it’s my dream to go to state,” Repp said. “I’ve been playing on this team for five years and we’ve only gotten close once, and that was last season. Getting those hits in this game feels so nice.”

The game was split in half after rain and lightning forced the game to be suspended on Saturday. The game was resumed Monday in the top of the fourth, with the Panthers down 5-0. Mt. Pleasant had to make the trip again, knowing that it had just four innings to put together a comeback. Fairfield pitcher Alli Deao didn’t get into trouble until the seventh, when Stukerjurgen drove in Julie Laswell with an RBI single.

“Fairfield is a tough enough team to play when it’s 0-0,” Mt. Pleasant coach Troy Mears said. “We gave them a little fight there at the end. I kind of wish we would have shown that two or three innings earlier.”

The Trojans (30-6) added on to their lead with two runs in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, RBI hits from Trent and McClure drove in runs. Repp had a two-RBI single in the sixth.

Deao let her defense work behind her Monday. She struck out five batters total, but exceptional defense from Burnett in centerfield, Waugh at shortstop and Repp at first base helped her get through the game only allowing three hits and one earned run.

Mt. Pleasant was assisted in the game by a Jackie Fraise single and a sparkling diving play at second base by Alli Dorn to rob Kaylee Watson of a hit.

The Panthers (16-24) are now forced to look to next season. They will only lose two seniors, and Mears thinks they can go even farther in their next campaign.

“We’re losing two good seniors, but the core of our team will be coming back,” Mears said. “There won’t be a team that will want to play us a whole lot next year.”

As for No. 8 Fairfield, they will play against Oskaloosa (28-9-1) in the playoffs for the second season in a row.

“It’s super exciting,” Williams said. “If we keep our head in it, we can win.”

Oskaloosa was 21-1 at one point this season and is ranked 13th in Class 4A. The Indians defeated Pella 5-2 Monday.

“[Oskaloosa has] two pitchers that throw harder than we’ve seen in awhile,” Fairfield coach Bob Bradfield said. “I would like to think we have a better hitting team, but we’ll see what we can do.”

Fairfield’s game at Oskaloosa will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The winner will advance to the state tournament in Fort Dodge.

 

Semifinal Recap

Mt. Pleasant – 0000001 – 1 3 1

Fairfield – 500022x – 9 10 1

 

Playoff Schedule

Class 4A Region 5 Semifinals (07/14)

Fairfield 9, Mt. Pleasant 1

Oskaloosa 5, Pella 2

Class 4A Region 5 Final (07/15)

Fairfield @ Oskaloosa, 7 p.m.

 

Iowa Playoff Scores from Monday

Class 1A – Regional Finals

Akron-Westfield 6, Newell-Fonda 2

Kee 12, Newman Catholic 0

AGWSR 9, Don Bosco 5

Marquette Catholic 3, New London 0

Lynnville-Sully 11, HLV 1

Wayne 14, Mount Ayr 2

Martensdale St Mary’s 3, Exira/EH-K 0

Glidden-Ralston 6, Remsen St Mary’s 2

 

Class 2A – Regional Finals

Woodbury Central 4, South O-Brien 2

Saint Ansgar 4, Manson Northwest Webster 0

North Butler 4, Denver 3

Alburnett 2, North Cedar 0

Highland 11, Pella Christian 10

Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 10, BCLUW 2

Earlham 5, Ft Dodge St. Edmond 2

Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto 3, Treynor 0

 

Class 3A – Regional Finals

Greene County 12, Sioux Center 3

Spirit Lake 6, Osage 5

Bondurant-Farrar 10, Humboldt 0

East Marshall 11, New Hampton 4

Center Point-Urbana 8, Mount Vernon 5

Mid-Prairie 6, Benton 5

West Burlington/Notre Dame 6, PCM 4

Clarke 4, ADM 3

 

Class 4A – Regional Semifinals

West Delaware 7, Western Dubuque 1

Oskaloosa 5, Pella 2

Fairfield 9, Mt. Pleasant 1

 

Class 4A – Regional Final Schedule

**Tuesday games at 7 p.m.

LeMars vs. Fort Dodge

Waverly-Shell Rock vs. West Delaware

North Scott vs. Solon

Washington vs. Clear Creek-Amana

Fairfield vs. Oskaloosa

Indianola vs. Carlisle

Ballard vs. Norwalk

Dallas Center-Grimes vs. Boone

 

Class 5A – Regional Semifinals

Davenport West 7, Iowa City West 1

Pleasant Valley 9, Cedar Rapids Prairie 8

Ottumwa 13, Iowa City High 3

Muscatine 12, Bettendorf 3

 

Class 5A – Regional Final Schedule

**Tuesday games at 7 p.m.

Sioux City East vs. Johnston

Ankeny vs. Waukee

Dubuque Senior vs. Cedar Rapids Jefferson

Pleasant Valley vs. Davenport West

Ottumwa vs. Muscatine

Southeast Polk vs. Cedar Rapids Kennedy

Ankeny Centennial vs. Dowling Catholic

Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln vs. West Des Moines Valley

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