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Bats do heavy lifting over weekend

Trojans score in double digits three times at Clear Creek-Amana Classic
By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jun 26, 2017
Brynna Bowman pitches for the Fairfield Trojans earlier this season. After pitching sparingly in her first four seasons, Bowman is now one of the team’s everyday pitchers along with Haley Beard and Allison Rebling. Bowman has compiled a 3.01 earned run average in her 76.2 innings of work this year.

IOWA CITY – The Fairfield varsity softball team had a successful road trip over the weekend in Iowa City, where the Trojans went 3-1 at the Clear Creek-Amana Classic.

The Trojans’ bats put on a show, scoring double digits in each of the first three games of the classic. The bats fell silent in the final game against Iowa City-Regina when the Regals shut out the Trojans in a 1-0 extra-inning affair.



Fairfield’s first victim at the classic was Tipton, a team it blasted 12-0 in just three innings Friday. Sara Trent delivered the big blow, a three-run homer, and scored two runs as well.

Brynna Bowman went 2-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs. Kenady Waugh went 1-2 with a double, an RBI and two runs. Allison Rebling recorded a hit, scored twice and drove in a run. Also scoring runs for Fairfield were Shay Drish, Ashtyn Drish, Kaylee Watson and Lily Hoskins. Taylor Myers singled and drove in a run.

Allison Rebling pitched three innings of no-hit softball, walking only two and fanning four.



Fairfield saved its biggest blasts for the night-cap against Woodward-Granger, pulverizing the Hawks 24-4. The Trojans scored 11 runs in the sixth-inning alone.

The Trojans scored those 24 runs on 22 hits. Ashtyn Drish and Watson each had four-hit games. Drish had five RBIs and two runs, while Watson had three RBIs and two runs.

Bowman scored five teams to go with three hits and three runs batted in. Shay Drish went 2-5 with four knocked in, a double and four runs. Natalie Angstead was 2-4 with three runs scored.

Courtesy runner Grace Stever scored two runs, and pinch-runner Carly Ferrel scored one, too.

Bowman earned the win for her six innings of work. She allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits and one walk to go with four punchouts.



After two breezy wins on Friday, the Trojans returned to Iowa City Saturday morning for a date with Carlisle. The Wildcats drew first blood with two runs in the first, only to be answered by the Trojans with two of their own in the third.

Carlisle pulled ahead 4-2 in the fourth, but that’s when the Trojans put their foot down. “Enough!” they said, and proceeded to score nine runs in the fifth to put the game out of reach.

Trojan head coach Bob Bradfield said his team faced a few young teams in the early going of the classic, and Fairfield responded by hitting their pitches really hard. Carlisle put up much more of a fight, but in the end, they were no match for the Trojans.

Bradfield said there wasn’t any one play that stuck out in that nine-run frame. By then, the whole team was in a groove and hitting everything it saw.

“We had a couple of singles, and then with two outs, had about four hits in a row with a couple of walks and an error mixed in,” he said. “We have some pretty good hitters on our team. We were facing hittable pitching, and we got on a roll.”



The weekend’s classic is not played like a tournament where the winner of one game plays the winner of another. Instead, all four of the games are planned in advance. That said, Fairfield’s final game of the classic against Iowa City-Regina sure felt like a trophy should be handed to the winner.

The game was a pitcher’s duel for the ages. On one side was Haley Beard, who kept Regal hitters guessing over five innings, allowing just one hit and a walk to go with four strikeouts. On the other side was Sarah Lehman, a pitcher Bradfield described as the “hardest thrower we’ve seen all year.” The hittable pitches the Trojans received earlier in the classic were now few and far between.

Beard has been suffering from a sore arm, so after five innings she gave way to Bowman. Bowman continued Beard’s trend of putting up zeros, even into extra innings. After seven innings were in the books, neither team had scratched the scoreboard.

Softball rules call for a runner to be placed at second base at the start of every inning after the seventh. Neither Fairfield nor Regina were able to turn the gift into a run. In the ninth, Regina broke through with a one-out single to score its runner from second. Fairfield advanced its runner to third but no further.

“It was a good game with good pitching and defense,” Bradfield said. “We couldn’t get our bats going because their pitcher was very good.”

Bradfield said it was a good two days for his team, which got to play teams it doesn’t normally.

“We played well in all four games; we just happened to play a good team with a really good pitcher in the last one,” he said.


Upcoming games:

The Trojans host Fort Madison in a doubleheader tonight at Fairfield Middle School. On Thursday, they travel to Keokuk to play the Chiefs.

On Friday, they’ll play Solon and Southeast Polk in the Ottumwa Classic.


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