Trojans strike out 30 Demons
The Trojan baseball team swept Washington in a doubleheader at home Monday.
The home team won a tight, low-scoring affair in game 1, 3-2. The Trojans kept the Demons off the board in game 2 as they celebrated a 5-0 victory.
Trojan pitchers kept the Demons off balance all night as they struck out 30 batters in the two games.
TROJANS 3, DEMONS 2
The Trojans got on the board first in game 1 in the third inning. Mason Ellis doubled with two outs in the inning. After Josh Dimmitt walked, Austin Gridley singled to score Ellis. Dimmitt was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play.
Washington tied the game the next inning when Elijah Wood doubled home Jacob Green, who reached via a base on balls.
Fairfield pulled ahead in the bottom of the fifth when Gridley smacked another single, this time scoring Dimmitt and Ellis. Gridley had all three of his team’s RBIs.
The Demons made it interesting in the seventh when Austin Witt doubled and scored on Tanner Knupp’s two-out single to cut the Trojans’ lead to one.
Gridley, who had pitched the entire game until then, was relieved by Spencer Peterman. Peterman struck out Green for the final out of the game.
Gridley pitched 6.2 innings and allowed four hits and six walks while striking out 12.
TROJANS 5, DEMONS 0
The Trojans quieted the Demons’ bats in game 2, allowing the visitors just two hits. Fairfield pitcher Joseph Hietpas dazzled over seven innings as he pitched a complete-game shutout while striking out 17 hitters. He allowed only two hits and one walk.
Fairfield broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the second when Peterman roped an RBI single to score Kooper Dahlstrom from third, who reached on a fielding error.
The Demons helped out the Trojans again in the third when Hietpas reached on an error by shortstop Green and advanced to second on the same play courtesy of an error on the first baseman, Walker Breard. Ellis singled to move Hietpas to third. Hietpas scored on Josh Dimmitt’s single.
Gridley laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Ellis and Dimmitt into scoring position for Tyler Cooksey, who delivered with a two-run double.
Fairfield tacked on one more in the fourth when Narendra Martin was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Ellis’ single.
The Demons threatened to score a few times but each time they did, Hietpas reared back for something extra to strike out the Washington hitter to extinguish the rally. On three occasions, Washington advanced a runner into scoring position only to see the next batter strike out to end the inning.
Fairfield head coach Josh Allison remarked it was a pretty good night for the Trojan pitchers with Gridley’s 12 strikeouts and Hietpas’s 17. He said his team also got the key hits when it needed them.
“Austin had a good game at the plate, driving in the runs in game 1,” he said.
He said it was great to see Cooksey’s bat come alive in game 2, and added Ellis is seeing the ball very well, too.
“The best part about this team is they are all willing to do what it takes to win baseball games and be good teammates,” he said. “They all believe in each other and know they can win some games and play team baseball.”
The Trojans play another home game tonight at 5:30 p.m., this time against Chariton.
The Demons have today off and host Williamsburg on Wednesday.