Trojans deliver dominant conference performanceBloodhounds don’t record a hit in SEC doubleheader
Fairfield freshman Cameron Baumann had struck out eight batters in a row.
It was the top of the third inning, and Fort Madison leadoff hitter Chase Seaney was staring at a two-strike count. Baumann delivered the pitch fluidly and effortlessly, like he did the entire night. The ball looked like a fastball for a split second, before it dove downwards like an invisible bullet had hit it. Seaney waved at the pitch, and Baumann had his ninth victim. Baumann went on to throw a no-hitter, and struck out 19 batters in the process.
Fairfield dominated Fort Madison in both games of a doubleheader Monday at Fairfield Middle School. Not only did the Trojans win 11-0 and 9-0, but the pitching staff did not allow a hit either game. Baumann’s performance in the second game followed a five-inning gem thrown by senior Joe Hietpas.
“It’s kind of hard when you throw a no-hitter the first game and you get overshadowed the next game,” Hietpas said smiling. “As pitchers it’s our job to throw strikes and make the defense work. We threw a lot of strikes and hit balls hard [at the plate], and when you do that good things happen.”
Hietpas walked one batter and struck out nine. Baumann walked one and two runners reached on errors. The best contact the Bloodhounds made off of Baumann was in the fifth inning, when cleanup hitter Dalton Thompson smacked a fly ball to centerfield that was tracked down by Austin Gridley.
“I mostly threw my fastball, but my change up was working early on,” Baumann said. “Coach calls my game, and I really work more on ball placement than trying to gun guys out.”
Baumann was a star at the plate in game one, going 3-3 with two home runs and four RBI in the 11-0 victory. Jordan Reid went 3-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Kooper Dahlstrom and Narendra Martin both went 2-3. Alex Crile drove in two runs.
“We had a really good approach at the plate,” Fairfield coach Josh Allison said. “Our goal this week was to have fun and play as a team, but our sub-goal was our two strike approach. Even when they got behind, they were able to string a good at bat together.”
Game two was more of the same. Dahlstrom got two more hits, this time a double and a home run, and finished with two RBI. There was absolutely no doubt that his home run would cross the centerfield fence, and upon contact Dahlstrom allowed himself to slightly flip the bat in modest celebration.
Hietpas and Gridley both produced RBI doubles. Martin reached base each time at bat, and finished 1-1 with two walks and two runs scored.
The Trojans (8-1, 2-0 SEC) will host Centerville Wednesday. Southeast Conference play will resume Thursday with a trip to Keokuk.
Game 1 Recap
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Game 2 Recap
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