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Bowman shuts down Big Red in game one; Trojans come-from-behind in nightcap

By Justin Webster | Jun 27, 2018
Photo by: Photo submitted by Heidi Bowman Junior Brittan Bowman threw 61 pitches in a complete game shutout Tuesday versus Centerville. The Trojans won 11-0.

Fairfield swept visting Centerville Tuesday night with an 11-0 mercy-rule victory in the shortened five inning contest and a 12-7 dramatic double come-from-behind win.

 

Game one

Cade Lisk read his third chapter of “The mental game of baseball” before Tuesday night’s contest and lo-and-behold the senior hit his third homerun since he started the popular self-help book.

“Baseball is definitely a mental game and it helps to be stronger in that aspect,” said Lisk who added that he plans to read one chapter before each night of games.

He explained that the book itself is about setting goals for each pitch instead of the game as a whole and with the results he’s seen, Hunter Hoskins has now bought the book.

Lisk suggested he was even willing to host a storytime-esque reading of the book to his teammates in hopes of helping everyone be the ball better.

One person who may not need to read before games is Austin Simpson who hit two more homeruns himself in game one with longballs in the fourth and fifth innings for five total RBI to go with two runs scored.

Hoskins and Kosta Papazoglou had three hits each to lead the Trojans and Tristin Waugh had multiple hits as well.

All together, the Trojans were 14-27 in official at-bats with three walks drawn as well and five stolen bases which culminated in the 11-0 shutout victory.

Soon-to-be senior Brittan “Gomez” Bowman threw 61 pitches in the complete game shutout that lasted five innings and saw only four batters reach base with three hits, a walk and two strikeouts.

“It was the seven men behind me that deserve the credit for the win,” said the humble Bowman who added.

“I just plan on hitting the strike zone and let them make the plays and they make my job easy.”

 

Game two

After surrendering two runs in the top of the third, Fairfield came alive offensively and scored five runs of their own in the home half of the inning when Hoskins, Waugh, Simpson, Papazoglou and Lisk scored Jimmy Kurka, James Leyman, Waugh, Simpson and Cooper Drish to take a 5-2 lead.

A run in the fourth by Centerville and four more in the fifth put the Trojans behind 7-5, but the team responded with RBI from Cooper Drish in the fifth that scored Lisk and then Hunter Drish tied it in the sixth when the Big Red dropped the ball at first on an infield hit by Noah Stone.

Waugh doubled to make it 9-7 with zero outs and then Cooper Drish scored Hoskins before Lisk scored Drish for the 12-7 lead.

“When you have 12 guys on the team that can hit the ball, it helps a lot,” said a thankful Cole Engle who was on the hook for the loss the first time before his offense helped him out.

Lisk was 4-4 with two doubles and four RBI to lead the Trojans who had 13 hits and drew 10 walks. The 12 runs scored in game two made 56 in four games over two days while the team only allowed 11 runs and went 4-0.

“It’s key to find different ways to win late in the season,” explained Head Coach Josh Allison. Assistant Jeff Eeling added, “We got down and could have played tight, but it’s OK if we lose and that makes it easier to win.”

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