Trojans sweep Oskaloosa to close out regular season
A four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning that began with a Jordan Reid home run helped Fairfield win game two of its home doubleheader Tuesday against Oskaloosa, securing a sweep of the Indians.
The rally put the Trojans in front 7-5, which was the final score. Fairfield took game one 3-0 behind strong pitching performances from Cameron Baumann and Austin Gridley. The Class 3A No. 5 Trojans finished the regular season with a 27-7 record.
A double from Alex Christensen scored Gridley in the bottom of the second inning to give Fairfield a 1-0 lead in game one. Three innings later, Gridley’s 11th long ball of the season, a two-run shot, gave the Trojans a 3-0 advantage.
Baumann struck out nine and allowed just three hits over his four innings of work. Gridley came in as relief in the fifth inning and shut the door, allowing just one walk and striking out five Indians over three innings.
Game two didn’t go quite as smooth. Oskaloosa (16-17) got one run in each of the first three innings to take a 3-0 lead. The Trojans trailed 5-3 in the sixth inning before they began to rally. After the Reid home run cut the lead in half, Gridley and Baumann would both score on a two-run double from Micah Harris.
“The comeback in the bottom of the sixth was definitely a positive way to end the season,” Fairfield coach Josh Allison said. “I think we’ve really developed that never die, never done attitude amongst the team.”
Harris finished the game with three runs driven in. On the mound, Harris came into the game as relief for starter Justin Leonard. Harris tossed three innings, allowing just two hits, two walks and two unearned runs. Gridley pitched the game’s final inning to pick up the save.
Reid, Gridley and Mason Ellis each picked up two hits in game two. Joe Hietpas smacked three hits and drove in a run.
The Trojans now look ahead to Fort Madison (2-35) on Friday, and a potential rematch with Oskaloosa/Mt. Pleasant on Monday in the district final. Allison is keeping to a one game at a time mentality, but certain aspects of Oskaloosa’s game impressed him Tuesday.
“We have to first focus on Fort Madison on Friday and make sure not to overlook them,” Allison said. “I was pretty impressed with Osky’s defense. They made a few really good plays.”
The Trojans will play Fort Madison in the Class 3A district semifinals Friday at 7 p.m. at Fairfield Middle School. Oskaloosa will play Mt. Pleasant directly before.
Game 1 Recap
Oskaloosa – 0000000 – 0 3 0
Fairfield – 010200x – 3 8 2
Game 2 Recap
Oskaloosa 1110200 5 6 2
Fairfield 001114x 7 10 4