Trojans’ winning streak reaches 13 games
ALBIA — The good times just kept on rolling for the Fairfield softball team Wednesday as it extended its winning streak to 13 games with a doubleheader sweep of Albia.
The Trojans (16-3, 6-2 SEC) totaled 27 hits in the road doubleheader, edging the host Blue Demons 8-7 in the opener and completing the sweep with a 9-2 win in the nightcap.
“Things have been rolling, but we just need to continue to improve,” said Fairfield head coach Bob Bradfield, who noted he couldn’t recall ever going on a longer streak. “It’s nice to be on a winning streak, but we can’t rest on our laurels yet, and if it’s snapped we’ll just need to start another one.”
The Trojans haven’t lost a game since May, but they needed some seventh-inning magic in the first game Wednesday to keep their outstanding streak alive. After they built a 6-3 lead through three innings, Albia rallied back to score two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, tying the game at 7-all.
No. 8 hitter McKenna Ledger delivered a clutch two-out RBI to plate Madison Roberts in the top of the seventh, and the Trojans’ one-run lead held up through the bottom of the inning.
“Those were huge hits at that point in the game,” said Bradfield. “There are years where you hope the bottom of your lineup just doesn’t strike out every time, but we can count on anybody this year.”
The Trojans opened the game scoring all four of their runs with two outs. Marisa Repp tripled home Kenady Waugh for the first run. Mackenzie McClure knocked in Repp with a single, and Karley Williams slapped an inside-the-park home run down the right field line to plate two more runs.
“We played just well enough to win in the first game. We weren’t real sharp, but good teams usually find a way to win,” Bradfield said.
Repp was 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored, and Williams finished the game 2-for-4 with three runs knocked in. Sydney Burnett and Roberts also tallied two hits apiece. Waugh plated two runs.
Alli Deao allowed 10 hits and five earned runs as the winning pitcher. The second-year starter improved to 8-2 with the win.
In the second game, the Trojans didn’t need the same late-game heroics as they burst out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Katie Anderson hit an RBI-single to score Burnett for the first run, Repp smoked a two-run double and later scored on a delayed steal, and Roberts knocked in McClure for the inning’s fifth run.
With the lead fairly secure, Fairfield tacked on two more runs in the third, one in the fourth and a final run in the seventh.
Albia didn’t score on Fairfield pitcher Haley Grunwald until the bottom of the seventh, and by then the host team trailed 9-0. The Blue Demons scored two runs in the inning, but neither was charged to Grunwald, who allowed just four hits and one walk to improve her record to 8-1.
Also for Fairfield, Repp finished game two with three hits and three RBI, and McClure had three hits with four steals. Ledger and Anderson added two hits apiece, and Roberts knocked in two runs.
The Trojans host Columbus (7-10) Friday at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Fairfield @ Albia (Game 1)
Fairfield – 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 — 8 13 2
Albia – 1 0 2 2 0 2 0 — 7 10 3
FAIRFIELD — Burnett 2-5, R; Anderson 1-4; Waugh 1-3, 2R; Repp 2-4, 3B, RBI, 2R; McClure 1-3, RBI, R; Williams 2-4, 2B, HR, 3RBI, R; M. Roberts 2-4, R; Ledger 1-4, RBI; K. Roberts 1-1
Pitching — Deao (W, 8-2) 7 INN, 10H, 7R, 5ER, 7K
Fairfield @ Albia (Game 2)
Fairfield – 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 — 9 14 3
Albia – 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 — 2 4 5
FAIRFIELD — Burnett R; Anderson 2-4, RBI, 2R; Waugh 1-5, R; Repp 3-5, 2B, 3RBI, R; McClure 3-5, RBI, 2R; Williams 1-4, 2B, R; M. Roberts 1-4, 2RBI, R; Ledger 2-4; K. Roberts 1-1
Pitching — Grunwald (W, 8-1) 7 INN, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB