Trojans sweep Comets in doubleheaderDeao perfect on mound in game one
Karley Williams added the exclamation point to the top of the second inning in game two of Fairfield’s softball doubleheader Tuesday against Cardinal in Eldon.
The junior catcher sent a fly ball speeding over the centerfielder’s head, and when it finally landed, it was resting among lawn chair toting fans under a shade tree past the outfield fence. It was her second home run of the year, and it put the Trojans up 7-0. Fairfield would go on to win 13-0 after already taking game one 11 nil.
“Cardinal has a lot better team than they showed tonight,” Fairfield coach Bob Bradfield said. “We did a great job of taking advantage of their mistakes and our kids did a great job hitting.”
A nine-run third inning put the Comets out of contention in game one. Two-run doubles from Kenady Waugh and Marisa Repp, along with a RBI double from Williams kept the inning rolling.
Cardinal starting pitcher Lexi Fullenkamp started both games and pitched the entirety of game one. Fullenkamp has now thrown 146 1/3 innings this season, and the weight of her workload may have caught up with her Tuesday.
“It was one of those nights where the defense wasn’t playing great behind her, and then we strung some hits in a row,” Bradfield said. “She probably got a bit discouraged, just like any of us would.”
Fairfield pitcher Alli Deao pitched a perfect game one. It was 15 up and 15 down, and Deao struck out seven batters. Haley Beard pitched game two and allowed five hits over four innings. She struck out four and didn’t allow a run.
Leadoff hitter Sydney Burnett led Fairfield offensively in the nightcap by going 4-4 with a triple and four RBIs. Fullenkamp, Alexis Adam and Shelby Smith each singled for the Comets. Jessie McElderry, batting third for the Comets, went 2-2 with two singles.
Deao hopes she can build off her performance going into Fairfield’s Southeast Conference doubleheader Thursday against Keokuk.
“It really boosted my confidence,” Deao said. “I hope we go in, our bats our on, and we can get [the win].”
The Class 4A No. 7 ranked Trojans (23-6, 10-1) have only lost one conference game, and that was June 12 to Keokuk. Keokuk has three SEC losses, meaning Fairfield will need to snag those ballgames to assure themselves a SEC title.
Cardinal (16-11) will begin postseason play Tuesday when BGM (Brooklyn) comes to Eldon. The Bears are 12-10 this season. The winner will then play Wednesday at Pella Christian.
Game 1 Recap
Fairfield – 10901 – 11 15 0
Cardinal – 00000 – 0 0 2
Game 2 Recap
Fairfield – 4333 – 13 10 0
Cardinal – 0000 – 0 5 3