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Drish homers but Trojans season ends in Newton

By Justin Webster | Jul 11, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Seniors Taylor Myers, left, and Ashtyn Drish, right, watch as the final out is recorded Tuesday night in the regional final at Newton.

Trojan fans had reason to be excited when senior Ashtyn Drish hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the first to give Fairfield an early 1-0 lead Tuesday night at Newton in the Class 4A region 5 final, but the team only reached base one other time as the Cardinals won 4-1 to advance to the state tournament in Fort Dodge, ending Fairfield’s run at three consecutive appearances.

“It’s emotional because we’re done,” said senior Taylor Myers after the loss and added, “It was a good year and I wouldn’t want to play for anyone else. Our community is so supportive of us in all sports, especially softball and I don’t think we could have done it without them the last three years.”

Drish, who scored the lone run for the Trojans in dramatic fashion said, “Honestly, I’m not sure what to feel. Softball has been my thing for a long time now and it’s sad to say it’s over, but I think we did well this year.”

Through the tears, one thing remained. Smiles.

“It’s just bittersweet that this will be the last time we play,” said the teary-eyed soon-to-be Hawkeye freshman who replied when asked if it was a good ride?

“Definitely!”

Allison Rebling allowed four runs on six hits and five walks while striking out seven. Newton responded to the Fairfield run with three of their own in the bottom of the first and added the fourth score in the home-half of the third.

 

Breakdown

“We had a bad first inning and then we played well after that,” explained Fairfield head coach Bob Bradfield.

“We knew they were going to bunt a lot and they have good base runners and when they execute that, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it,” admitted the skipper.

Bradfield also said the best team won and “that doesn’t always happen” as shown by the seven “upsets” in the 16 Class 4A regional semifinal games.

Bradfield was “a little disappointed” that his team failed to lay off the rise ball that they’ve seen against Davenport Assumption and Albia and that coach Rebling throws during batting practice to prepare the girls.

“It’s climbing with backspin and we told them when you see that pitch to lay off because it will keep rising out of the zone,” said the Trojan leader.

 

Exceeding expectations

“Looking at us in the spring we thought we would win 10-15 games depending on some hops and we won 18 so we honestly did better than what we thought possible,” admitted the skipper who had to replace six starters from a team that made three consecutive runs to the state tournament.

 

Seniors

“Taylor Myers was a loyal contributor for all five years,” said Bradfield.

Myers dressed for the last two tournament teams and started some as a junior.

“She worked hard and she’s a good, smart kid. She’s going to be a success in life and that is more important than softball, although it’s OK to have success in both,” said the smiling coach.

 

“Ashtyn Drish has basically been a starter since she was a freshman and she hit seven home runs that year I think,” recalled Bradfield.

“She’s a good all-around athlete and 4.0 student and I joke with her and call her Grandma Drish,” said Bradfield who continued, “I purposely try not to compliment her as a joke, but she knows she’s good enough so I can get away with it and those are the ones you really miss. You have them 3-4-5 years and then they’re gone and you just have to get used to that.”

 

Class 4A bracket

No. 1 ADM (33-7) versus No. 8 Dallas Center-Grimes (18-22)

No. 4 Newton (24-7) versus No. 5 Cedar Rapids Xavier (25-16)

No. 2 Charles City (33-6) versus No. 7 Des Moines Hoover (19-7)

No. 3 Independence (34-6) versus No. 6 Sergeant Bluff-Luton (23-13)

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