Trojans split Tuesday’s doubleheader
The Trojan softball team hit the cover off the ball to win game 1 easily against Fort Madison Tuesday at home. However, a couple of throwing errors hurt the Trojans in game 2, which they lost 6-3.
TROJANS 9, BLOODHOUNDS 1
Fairfield stormed out of the gates with two runs in the first and three in the second. The Trojans added four more in the fourth to put the game out of reach for the Bloodhounds.
Katie Anderson singled, scored twice and drove in two runs. Kenady Waugh went 2-4 with two runs and a stolen base. Sydney Burnett tripled, drove in a run and scored. Makenzie Flattery was 2-2 with two runs and an RBI.
Alli Deao sparkled from the pitching circle as she gave up one unearned run through seven innings while surrendering four hits and no walks with two punchouts.
BLOODHOUNDS 6, TROJANS 3
Fort Madison took advantage of a few Trojan errors to score six runs, only two of which were earned. The Bloodhounds got out to a 6-0 lead after 4.5 innings. The Trojans scratched and clawed back with single tallies in the fifth, sixth and seventh, but it was too little, too late.
Marisa Repp shined at the plate with two doubles and a run. Karley Williams went 2-3 with a double and a run. Mackenzie McClure singled and drove in a run. Anderson singled twice and scored a run.
Haley Grunwald started and allowed five runs, two earned, in 4.1 innings of work. She gave up five hits and no walks with a strikeout. Deao pitched the final 2.2 innings and surrendered one unearned run on three hits and no walks with one strikeout.
“We played pretty good defense other than the two throwing errors in the fifth inning, which led to them scoring four runs,” said Fairfield coach Bob Bradfield. “Give Fort Madison credit because they hit the ball well the second game.”
Bradfield said the Trojans also hit the ball in game 2, amassing eight base-knocks. Unfortunately, few of them came with runners on base.
“In our losses, it seems like we have a chance to score with runners in scoring position and we just can’t come through with the hit,” the coach said.
Bradfield remarked it was a long night on the diamond as the first game was delayed because a Fort Madison player was ill. The game was delayed 30 minutes later that evening because of rain. Bradfield said his team lost focus during the delay and could not maintain the energy level it had in game 1.
The Trojans travel to the Ottumwa Invitational Saturday, then they host Burlington Tuesday in the final regular season game of the year. The postseason begins July 11 when Mount Pleasant comes to town at 7 p.m. for the opening round of the district tournament.