Trojans riding eight-game winning streak
After a series of foul balls too many to count, Fairfield freshman Sara Trent finally connected.
Trent sent the pitch soaring over the outfield fence, marking her first home run of the season. Her teammates greeted her at home plate with smiles and high fives. The solo homer proved to be vital, as the Trojans went on to win just 8-7 after allowing the Albia Lady Dees to score six runs in the last two innings of the ballgame. The Trojans would take the second game 12-0, therefore earning the doubleheader sweep.
Trent’s late inning home run in game one could not have come at a better time.
“We’ve seen from early on that Sara is a good hitter and we’re trying to get her as many at bats as possible,” Fairfield coach Bob Bradfield said.
Fairfield pitcher Alli Deao looked to be running out of gas at the tail end of game one, and gave up three runs in each of the last two innings. In the end, Deao shut the door, and overall allowed 10 hits, two walks and six earned runs. She struck out three.
Senior cleanup hitter Mackenzie McClure had another three-hit game that included a double and three RBIs. She would add two more hits and two more RBIs in game two. McClure is now batting .431 on the season and is tied for the team lead in RBIs with 17.
In game two, Fairfield was up just 2-0 entering the bottom of the fourth. Albia (10-6) pitcher Lexi Van Polen had been throwing effectively. The fourth, however, was a nightmare of an inning for the Ladies Dees. Four errors, eight hits and 10 runs later, the game was over.
“Van Polen has given us some trouble over the years,” Bradfield said. “We just had that one inning where they couldn’t get us out.”
Marisa Repp launched her second home run of the season in game two and ended up with four combined RBIs on the night. Leadoff hitter Sydney Burnett, who had three hits in game one, followed up that performance with a double and two RBIs in game two. Trent and Karley Williams also doubled in game two.
“Once we got on a roll and started hitting the ball well, they just couldn’t stop us,” Bradfield said.
Defense was a key early on in the second game. Right fielder Kaylee Watson provided two outfield assists, including one rocket that threw out a runner attempting to advance to third base. Watson was a factor at the plate as well, and finished the game 2-2 with a double and a RBI.
The Trojans (15-4, 7-1 SEC), now ranked No. 11 in Class 4A, get a day off tonight but will travel to Columbus Junction Friday.