Win puts Trojans into district final
The Fairfield baseball team defended its home field and avenged last season’s playoff defeat at the hands of Fort Madison.
The Trojans took down the Bloodhounds 11-1 Friday in the district semifinals at Fairfield Middle School, and needed just five innings to do it. Fairfield will host the Class 3A District 11 final against Oskaloosa tonight.
No. 5 Fairfield (28-7) got onto the scoreboard in the first inning when leadoff hitter Jordan Reid scored on a wild pitch. Narendra Martin singled, stole a base and then scored on an error in the second inning. Errors proved to be problematic for the Bloodhounds, who committed five on the night.
“We were aggressive on the base paths and took advantage of a couple of their miscues,” Fairfield coach Josh Allison said.
Alex Crile hit an RBI-double, which started a five-run rally in the fourth inning for Fairfield. The Trojans would end the game in the fifth when an error brought home Austin Gridley, giving Fairfield the 10-run advantage.
Wyatt Stark got the start on the mound and went all five innings. Stark allowed just three hits, one walk and zero earned runs. The senior lefty let his defense do the work for him most of the night, yet he still compiled four strikeouts. His ERA on the season is an impressive 1.73.
“Wyatt was very efficient and we played some good defense behind him,” Allison said.
Fairfield smacked eight hits, three of which were doubles. Justin Leonard and Mason Ellis both drove home two runs. The team also accounted for five stolen bases.
Fort Madison finishes its season 2-36 and went 1-3 against the Trojans this season.
The Trojans will continue their postseason run tonight against Oskaloosa. The Indians (17-17) snapped their six-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over Mt. Pleasant in the semifinals.
Fort Madison – 00001 – 1 3 5
Fairfield – 12053 – 11 8 1
Oskaloosa vs. Fairfield (District 11)
Centerville vs. Keokuk (District 12)
District 11 vs. District 12 (Wed, TBA)