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Fairfield earns first win in split with Sigourney

By Justin Webster, Ledger sports editor | May 31, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER Trojan sophomore Destiny Gridley, far right, makes a diving catch on her birthday after Hannah Simpson, left, and Carly Ferrel, standing, made contact trying to track the fly ball to the right side of the infield.

Fairfield softball split a non-conference doubleheader against Sigourney Tuesday night at the middle school fields.

Game one

The Trojans collected their first win of the season in a 4-0 complete game shutout by sophomore Allison Rebling who only allowed two hits and one walk while striking out eight over six innings.

“Allison pitched well and we played good defense,” said Head Coach Bob Bradfield who simplified the perfect team strategy even further. “When you shut a team out, you tend to win those games.”

It’s hard to argue with that logic.

Bradfield added that the team didn’t hit particularly well with Rebling, Ashtyn Drish, Taylor Myers, Lily Hoskins and Destiny Gridley each hitting safely in one at-bat while Rebling also drew a walk and Shaylin Drish collected three free passes that led to the sophomore standout scoring half of the runs for the Trojans. Myers and Hoskins scored the other two times for Fairfield.

 

Game two

Sigourney scored a run in the top of the first and added five more over the fourth through six innings en route to a 6-1 win for a split with Fairfield.

The Trojans had the same amount of hits in game two as they did in game one, but Bradfield said that the team didn’t hit it hard enough and when they did it tended to be right at someone.

That’s exactly what happened in the home half of the fourth when the first two batters smoked line drives right at the left fielder for what ended up being easy outs for the Savages.

One of the big hits that did find a gap was made by eighth-grader Hannah Simpson who got every part of a two out pitch that she skyed over the center fielder.

“I’m feeling pretty confident,” admitted the soon-to-be freshman who plays first, third and catcher. “My confidence was pretty low at the beginning of the year, but now that I’ve gotten a couple hits, I feel great!” Bradfield added.

“Hannah hit the ball hard several times tonight and has proven that she belongs on the field. That line drive over the center fielder’s head, not everyone can do that,” shared the skipper.

Ashtyn Drish and Grace Stever each had two hits to go with Simpson’s double for the whole of Fairfield’s offense.

“I think we’re trying to work on getting our bottom half hitting,” said Simpson who hits fifth/leadoff for the bottom half of the lineup. She continued, “Our top half is starting to get on base and when the bottom half does, we’ll be ripping teams.”

Bradfield agrees that many of the hits just aren’t finding holes in the defense, something he’s confident will take care of itself over the next 34 games, beginning with the start of Southeast Conference play Thursday when the Trojans host Washington for a doubleheader.

“It doesn’t’t matter if we’re 0-6 or 6-0,” Bradfield reminded his squad. “If we want to win conference, that starts Thursday.”

The Trojans longtime skipper said it’s the first time in seven to 10 years where no one from the SEC is projected in the preseason to be a shoe-in for the state tournament.

“Washington isn’t great, but they do have a lineup of decent hitters,” added Bradfield.

With young talent starting to make noise, the future is looking very bright in several girls sports at Fairfield, especially basketball, track and softball.

“There’s a couple of good classes coming, but right now we’re just focusing on this year,” stated Bradfield who concluded. “We’ll do the best we can and if that means we only win 10 games than so be it, and if we can win 20, we’ll take it.”

Thursday’s doubleheader with Washington is 5:30 p.m. at FMS.

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