Trojans knock out Knoxville
The Trojans swept Knoxville on the baseball diamond Friday.
Fairfield squeaked by Knoxville 4-3 in game 1 but game 2 wasn’t close as the home team won a 15-0 laugher.
TROJANS 4, PANTHERS 3
The Panthers struck first in the top of inning No. 1 with a single tally but the Trojans struck back in the bottom half of the inning when Josh Dimmitt doubled and later scored on Mason Ellis’ single.
In the second, Austin Gridley walked and advanced to third after the Knoxville pitcher walked the next two hitters. Gridley scored that inning on an error by the shortstop.
Fairfield scored again in the third when Jordan Reid doubled home Tyler Cooksey and Gridley. Knoxville added two runs in the sixth and put two runners on in the seventh to make things interesting but Trojan pitcher Spencer Peterman worked out of the jam without suffering any damage.
Peterman pitched one inning and allowed no runs, two hits and hit a batter. Gaumer started and got the victory as he threw six innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on three walks, three strikeouts and six hits.
“In game 1, they out hit us 8-4, but we did a great job of clutch hitting,” said Trojan coach Josh Allison. “I’ve never had a team that cheers so much for each other like this group does. Ryan pitched in and out of trouble, but made some good pitches and we made some good defensive plays behind him.”
TROJANS 15, PANTHERS 0
The Trojans scored in the first inning again in game 2 when Ellis singled in Joseph Hietpas, who reached on a single.
Fairfield had another productive inning in the second when Darrin Dimmitt singled home Cooksey. Later, Hietpas doubled to plate Darrin Dimmitt and Peterman.
The floodgates really opened in the third. The Trojans managed to score six runs without recording a hit. The Panthers committed two errors in the inning, issued four walks and hit two batters.
The Trojans scored five runs in the fourth with the aid of only one hit, a double from Ellis that scored two runs and ended the game because of the mercy rule.
Cameron Baumann went three innings on the mound to earn the victory. He allowed no runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Wyatt Stark pitched one inning, surrendering no runs on one hit with no walks.
“In the second game we wanted to split the game with Cameron and Wyatt as both of them pitched on Tuesday,” said the coach. “They both did a great job of competing for us.”
The Trojans play Grinnell at 5:30 p.m. tonight at home. The seniors on the club will be recognized as part of the game’s festivities.