Trojans slam Williamsburg to open yearHietpas, Gridley combine for 15 strikeouts, zero hits
After already smacking two towering foul balls during a doubleheader against Williamsburg, senior Austin Gridley made sure he didn’t ruin another good pitch tossed his way.
With a runner on base and Fairfield already up 2-0 in the third inning of game two, Gridley sent a line drive sailing over the right field wall for a home run. The home run was indicative of how the entire night went for Fairfield, and if the 8-0 and 10-0 wins over Williamsburg Tuesday at Fairfield Middle School are a sign of things to come, then the Trojans (2-0) are about to have a very solid season.
“I think we played well,” Fairfield coach Josh Allison said. “I know [Williamsburg] has a couple of really good players. We pitched great, and the balls they were able to hit hard we made plays on.”
Joe Hietpas started on the mound in game one. He went three innings, only giving up one walk and striking out five. Gridley then came in and pitched the next four innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. Nerves may have gotten to Gridley initially. Upon entering the game he walked the bases loaded, but found a way to get out of the jam. Hietpas and Gridley would combine to a throw a no-hitter in the 8-0 victory.
“I kind of struggled at the beginning, but that’s baseball, you can’t let it get to you,” Gridley said. “I slowed myself down a little bit, and then I was more accurate.”
Kooper Dahlstrom and Narendra Martin both provided RBI doubles. Wyatt Stark came off the bench and delivered a RBI double and a triple in his only at bats of the game.
In game two, Stark pitched a complete game. The lefty senior gave up five hits, but each were in a different inning. He struck out seven and forced the Raiders into stranding five runners on base in Fairfield’s 10-0, six inning triumph.
“[Wyatt] stepped in gave us that double and triple, which was great,” Allison said. “He struggled a little at the plate in the second game, but I think we’ll take that pitching performance over hitting any day.”
The Raiders helped out the Trojans in game two by committing five errors, three of which were throwing errors by pitchers. Gridley had three RBIs and Martin drove in two. Stark, Dahlstrom and Alex Crile each recorded an RBI as well.
“It’s fun to be around this team,” Hietpas said. “We had a good thing going last year and we’re just trying to continue that. We’re the most complete team we’ve had in awhile.”
The No. 6 ranked Trojans will try to win again tonight at Pella.
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Stats – Game 1
Reid 1-4, RBI, Hietpas 2-3, Ellis 1-3, RBI, BB, Dahlstrom 1-3, 2B, RBI, Stark 2-2, 2B, 3B, RBI
Stats – Game 2
Stark: 6 IP, 5H, BB, 7K, 0 ER
Gridley 2-4, HR, 2B, 3 RBI, Martin 1-2, HPB, BB, 2 RBI, Baumann 0-1, 2 BB