Trojans’ season ends with loss to Winterset
The Fairfield softball has had a terrific season in 2013 but unfortunately all good things must come to an end.
The Trojans traveled to Winterset Tuesday with a state tournament berth on the line. Fairfield hoped to return to the state tournament for the first time since 2004. Winterset proved to be more than the Trojans could handle as the visitors lost 7-2.
The Trojans found themselves in a hole before they even had time to settle into their new surroundings. Winterset scored two runs in the first and three in the third to go up 5-0.
Fairfield began clawing back with a run in the fourth, but after its step forward it took two steps back in the bottom half of the inning when it allowed two more Winterset runs to score. The Trojans added one in the sixth but that was all the scoring they could muster.
Mackenzie McClure had both of the Trojans’ RBIs as she went 2-3 with a double. Katie Anderson doubled twice and scored a run. Kenady Waugh joined the doubles parade and scored the Trojans’ other run.
Alli Deao started for the Trojans and suffered the loss. Deao threw three innings in which she allowed five runs, three earned, on five hits and one walk with a strikeout. Haley Grunwald came on in relief and gave up two earned runs on four hits and no walks.
“Winterset was what we thought they would be,” said Fairfield head coach Bob Bradfield, who commented earlier Winterset would bring more offensive firepower to the table than Fairfield’s prior opponent, Oskaloosa. “We didn’t string hits together. We had seven hits, which is not too bad against that caliber of a pitcher.”
Bradfield said Winterset’s hitters were as good as advertised. The first three batters of the game recorded hits and the fourth hit a screaming line drive that was caught at the warning track.
“They were just a little better team than us,” he said. “If they had to drive to Fairfield, it could have been a different game.”
Bradfield said he is proud of his girls for their successful season.
“No one can take away those 30 wins,” he said.
The Trojans have improved markedly in the past four years, improving their win total each year, from 12 to 16 to 20 and now to 30.
The Trojans finish the year 30-12. In 42 games, the Trojans hit 10 homeruns as a team and collectively batted .301 with a .362 on-base percentage. They scored 259 runs, an average of 6.2 per game.
Trojan pitchers held opponents to a .212 batting average. The Trojans allowed 133 runs on the season, an average of 3.2 per game. Fewer than half of those runs were earned at 66.
The defense committed 88 errors and had a fielding percentage of .932. Trojan catchers threw out 12 of the 21 potential base stealers.
Fairfield’s season included a 14-game winning streak from late May to mid-June.