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Fairfield finishes productive week

Trojans go 4-0 against Big Reds, Chiefs
By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jul 03, 2017
Source: PHOTO COURTESY OF PAM BAUMANN Brittan Bowman makes his varsity debut on the mound Tuesday against Centerville.

The Fairfield varsity baseball team had another successful week on the diamond, going 4-0 to end the week heading into tonight’s matchup with Mt. Pleasant.

The Trojans took care of Centerville Tuesday with one easy win and another that turned into a nail-biter. The Trojans won the first game 14-2 and the second 5-4. The team traveled to Keokuk two days later and swept the Chiefs by scores of 6-4 and 16-0.



The Trojans pounded out 11 hits in Game 1 against the Big Reds Tuesday in Centerville. Cam Baumann went 3-3 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs. Hunter Hoskins was 3-4 with three runs batted in and scoring three himself. Austin Simpson was 2-3 with three batted in. Cooper Drish doubled and drove in two. Kosta Papazoglou went 1-3 with an RBI.

Brandon Smithburg singled, stole a base and scored twice. Tristin Waugh also scored.

James Lyman worked three innings to get the victory. Lyman allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks. Jimmy Kurka came on in relief to get the final six outs, allowing no hits, one walk and striking out three.



Fairfield jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, only to see it slip away as the Big Reds got one in the third and three in the fifth to tie the game. However, the Trojans went to work in the sixth, pushing across a run on an RBI single by Papazoglou to complete the sweep.

“The key to the winning both games was our defense,” said Fairfield head coach Josh Allison. “Over the past couple weeks our defense is maturing and that is what has really turned things around.”

The game was a memorable one for Brittan Bowman, who started his first ever varsity game on the mound. Bowman held Centerville to four runs, three earned, on five hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Cole Engle got the victory in relief, going 2.2 innings and allowing no runs on one hit and one walk.

Cade Lisk went 1-4 with a double and two RBIs. Hunter Hoskins went 2-4 with an RBI and a run. Simpson singled, scored a run and drove in one. Baumann went 3-4 with a stolen base. Cooper Drish singled and scored.



Fairfield had its way with Keokuk in Game 1 Thursday on the road. The Trojans tallied 17 hits in the game. Simpson had a great day at the plate, going 3-4 with a double and four RBIs. Baumann was 2-5 with two RBIs, a double and two runs.

Lisk tripled, drove in a run and scored twice. Also recording RBIs were Brandon Smithburg, Hoskins, Papazoglou, Engle, Waugh, Cooper Drish and Jimmy Kurka.

Graham Kuehl went the distance, never allowing the Chiefs to scratch the scoreboard. Kuehl surrendered six hits and one walk while striking out two.



The second game of the doubleheader was loaded with drama, unlike the first one. With the Trojans trailing 4-3 in the sixth, Papazoglou doubled home a run to tie the game. The Trojans would score twice in the seventh for a come-from-behind victory over the Chiefs.

Waugh homered and drove in two runs. Simpson went 2-4 with a double. Papazoglou finished 2-4 with two batted in. Baumann went 1-3 with a double, an RBI and a run.

Smithburg started on the hill for the Trojans. He worked 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on one hit and five walks to go with two Ks. Kurka pitched the middle 3.2 innings to earn the W, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and no walks with two strikeouts. Lisk pitched the final frame, allowing one hit with no walks and two strikeouts.

“I was really pleased with the effort in both games,” said a satisfied Allison. “Graham threw it really well in Game 1 and Jimmy did a really nice job of coming in to shut them down in game 2. Finding a way to win that second game was really important for the overall development of the team. It’s another step to proving to themselves they are good enough to win close baseball games.”

The Trojans have now won six in a row, and their record stands at 21-8.

Fairfield hosts Mt. Pleasant in a doubleheader tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. The team will travel to Donnellson to play Central Lee Wednesday, then to Wilton Thursday.

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