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Fairfield > Mt. Pleasant

Trojans improve to 13-3 overall and 7-1 in SEC play
By Justin Webster | Jun 13, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Fairfield junior Brittan Bowman celebrates after the Trojans swept Mt. Pleasant with 4-2 and 11-1 conference victories.

The Fairfield baseball team improved to 13-3 overall and 7-1 in the Southeast Conference after one rotation through the league thanks to a sweep of Mt. Pleasant with victories of 4-2 and 11-1.

 

Game one

Austin Simpson started the scoring and the sibling homerun derby when he drove in Hunter Hoskins in the bottom of the first with his third long ball of the season off an 0-2 Zach Beason pitch that gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead. Mt. Pleasant scored a run in the fourth, before Simpson continued his offensive onslaught with another RBI hit in the fifth when Noah Stone and James Lyman each scored to extend the advantage to 4-1.

The Panthers added one final run in the sixth, but the scoring was done and Fairfield claimed the opener 4-2.

Cade Lisk impressed his coach with his mental toughness after allowing just two runs on seven hits, four walks and three team errors that saw 14 Panthers reach base.

Lisk also had seven strikeouts during his 104 pitch effort that ended with a win.

Jimmy Kurka threw 21 pitches during an inning of relief, striking out the side while collecting the save.

Zach Beason went five innings for Mt. P, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four during his efficient 83-pitch loss.

 

Game two

With high schools playing mostly doubleheaders in baseball and softball, most teams send their ace out in game one and hope to hit well off of the other teams No. 2 in the nightcap.

Mental toughness on the mound did just that for Fairfield in the matinee, but it was all offense in game two.

Slow and steady, the Trojan offense scored their first run in the home half of the first on one of four errors made by Mt. Pleasant.

Junior Bryce Anderson did his best impression of a ballgame when he hit a sacrifice-fly in the top of the second to score senior Keegan Rich and tie the game at one a piece.

In the bottom of the third, Panther pitcher Colby Potts hung a curve to his cousin Tristin Waugh who showed the crowd that “it’s all in the hips” when he twisted his and sent the ball towards Ottumwa.

Simpson heard his sister had hit two homeruns of her own in consecutive at-bats and decided in the fifth inning to take the sibling derby lead back with an undisputed two-run shot to extend the lead to 6-1 for Fairfield.

Jimmy Kurka and Kosta Papazaglou singled in the sixth, followed by a walk by Cade Lisk and an error on a ball put in play by Hunter Drish. By the time the inning was over, the game had ended with two-outs recorded and the Trojans implementing the mercy-rule with their 11th run in the 10-run win.

Graham Kuehl lasted six innings, allowing one run off of five hits and two walks while striking out four in the 95-pitch victory.

Potts went four innings, allowing six runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one.

White pitched the fifth for Mt. Pleasant and Anderson the first two outs of the sixth before surrendering the game-ending runs.

Kurka, Lisk, and Waugh each collected two hits and Cooper Drish went 1-2 with two walks drawn and two runs scored for the SEC-leading Trojans.

 

At 13-3 and 7-1, it would be easy for Fairfield to become content.

“It feels good but not great,” admitted Waugh who does see the silver lining. ”We can still do a lot better, but we’re getting there.”

His coach, Fairfield skipper Josh Allison, agrees.

“We’re 13-3 and not happy,” reiterated the top Trojan who did concede, “We’re getting closer.”

Allison sees the guys are starting to hit, but knows they aren’t where they will end up once they get hot.

The Trojans are excited to play at the top notch Mt. Mercy baseball complex in Cedar Rapids Wednesday night when they face the fieldless Lightning of newly opened Iowa City Liberty that is playing a carnival style schedule until they complete their stadium project.

Allison says the only negative is the road trip is a bit long and with the team playing doubleheaders on three consecutive nights, he’s reminded his players to focus on nutrition and maintaining energy so they can have four more good games this week.

Like most baseball teams, the Trojans like to screw around with silly voices and sayings to keep things light, but Allison knows there is value to his teams absurdity.

“It helps them stay loose and they don’t feel the pressure,” explained the coach before continuing, “They just do their thing.”

So far this season the Trojans thing has been winning and at 13-3, business is good.

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