Trojans fall twice against Chariton
The Fairfield baseball team faced a formidable opponent in 14-2 Chariton Tuesday night at home and came up on the short end in both games of the doubleheader.
The Trojans played the Chargers down to the wire in game 1, which Chariton won 4-3 thanks to a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning. Chariton’s bats were red hot for game 2 to complete the sweep with a 14-7 victory.
CHARGERS 4, TROJANS 3
With the score 1-0 in favor of Chariton, the Trojans tied the game in the second on Josh Dimmitt’s sacrifice fly scoring Joseph Hietpas, who reached on a double. Dimmitt and Hietpas teamed up to score another run in the fifth when Dimmitt doubled home Hietpas but was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple.
Game 1 was a see-saw affair as Chariton retook the lead in the sixth when Jordan Baughman doubled in two runs.
The Trojans entered the bottom of the seventh down 3-2. With one out, Hietpas doubled for the second time in the game. He advanced to third on Mason Ellis’ single and scored the tying-run on Josh Dimmitt’s sacrifice fly.
Fairfield threatened to score in the eighth when Kooper Dahlstrom singled and advanced to second on Tyler Cooksey’s sacrifice bunt. After a strikeout, Spencer Peterman walked to bring up Darrin Dimmitt. Dimmitt hit a line drive down the first base line that looked like it might win the game for the Trojans but Chariton’s first baseman snared the grounder on a dive and stepped on first to retire the side.
In the top of the ninth, Baughman got himself into a hitter’s count, 2-0, and it paid off. He deposited the next pitch in the grove of trees behind the left field fence to put Chariton on top 4-3.
In the bottom half of the inning, Ellis singled with one out. Josh Dimmitt hit a grounder to second and nearly beat the throw to first but was called out on a bang-bang play. The Trojans could not find a way to push Ellis across as they lost game 1.
Ryan Gaumer pitched eight innings and got a no-decision. He allowed four runs, three earned, eight hits and one walk while striking out two. After Gaumer allowed the home run to Baughman, Peterman came on in relief and got the final three outs in the ninth.
CHARGERS 14, TROJANS 7
The Chargers won game 2 by seven runs but kicked the ball around on defense as they committed 10 errors.
The Trojans held the lead in this game, albeit very briefly, when Ellis scored from third on Austin Gridley’s single in the first.
Chariton tied the game in the second with a single tally and then erupted for eight runs on eight hits in the third.
Even trailing 9-1, the Trojans were not about to give up. They scored four runs in the fourth to cut the Chargers’ lead to 9-5. They made the game really interesting with two more runs in the fifth. However, Chariton put some distance between themselves and the Trojans by scoring two in the sixth and two again in the seventh.
Darrin Dimmitt started for the Trojans and pitched 2-plus innings to take the loss. He allowed seven runs, only three of which were earned, on five hits and two walks.
Ellis had a good game at bat as he ripped two doubles and drove in three runs. Dahlstrom doubled and scored twice. Hietpas had two RBIs, a double and a run. Cooksey singled and scored twice.
Trojan head coach Joshua Allison said his team gave a valiant effort against one of the best teams in the region.
“Chariton is a very good ball club and I was happy with the way we competed with them in game 1 and never quit in game 2,” he said. “In that first game, there were some great defensive plays on both sides.”
Allison said his team just needs to play consistently strong baseball and he hopes that he can get “all the guys hitting well at once.”
Fairfield’s next game is at 5:30 p.m. tonight at home against Burlington-Notre Dame.