Trojans rebound for doubleheader splitBaumann rips two home runs
After getting beat 15-0 by Centerville in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday at Fairfield Middle School, Fairfield coach Josh Allison’s message to his team was simple.
“I told the guys that I had amnesia,” Allison said. “I didn’t remember what happened in the previous game, and all that mattered was we came out and got the second game.”
The Trojans decided they shouldn’t remember the first game either, and responded by defeating Centerville (6-5) in the second game 11-0. The games were exact opposites not only in score, but also in mindset.
Sophomore Tristan Ledger got his first varsity start on the pitching mound in the first game. The first inning went smoothly. Ledger struck out Centerville senior cleanup hitter Michael Firkins with a runner on third base to end the inning.
The second inning, however, was a different story. At inning’s end, Ledger had been replaced by Chet Vogt and the Big Red had nine on the scoreboard. Errors played a role in the inning, and so did a three-run home run from senior Kolton Gonnerman.
Alex Crile and Jordan Reid would also get time on the mound in game one. With the exception of Vogt, each pitcher was seeing their first action of the season on the hill. Allison did this not only to get these pitchers experience, but also to save Fairfield’s aces for tonight’s Southeast Conference doubleheader against Keokuk.
“It’s ok to get beat, but it’s never ok to lay down,” Allison said. “It’s always too early to quit. They showed some character tonight and bounced back in game two.”
Fairfield batters awoke in the first inning of game two with four runs.
Mason Ellis, who had a double in game one, went 3-3 with two RBI. Ellis came into the game batting .217 and was hoping for a breakout performance.
“I just relaxed and calmed down, because it’s a mental thing,” Ellis said.
Cameron Baumann ripped two home runs over the right field wall, which essentially sealed the win. Baumann finished the game with five RBI. Jordan Reid finished with two hits, two runs scored and two RBI. Narendra Martin reached base three times.
Senior Justin Leonard pitched a five-inning shutout just when his team needed quality innings. Leonard finished the game with only one hit and two walks against him, and with one strikeout.
“Leonard just threw lights out for us in the second game,” Allison said. “He didn’t do anything fancy. He just threw strikes and let the defense work.”
Fairfield (9-2) is now ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. The Trojans will play another doubleheader tonight in Keokuk at 5:30 p.m.