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Fairfield wins opener, loses SEC in game two

By Justin Webster | Jul 05, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Destiny Gridley found herself in a pickle after rounding second base too wide before being tagged out while diving between the Chiefs third baseman’s legs.

Fairfield easily defeated Keokuk 9-2 in game one Tuesday night to setup a default Southeast Conference championship game with both teams 9-6 in SEC play and the back half of the doubleheader all that remained on both teams’ regular season schedules.

Unfortunately, the Trojans lost game two 13-4 after allowing a crooked number of runs to be scored in four of the seven innings. In fact, with Washington sweeping Fort Madison, 14-0 and 13-0, the Demons jumped from a tie for second to co-conference champions with the Chiefs at 10-6 in the SEC, as Fairfield finished third with a 9-7 record.


Game one

Fairfield scored a run in each of the first two innings to gain a 2-0 advantage before breaking out for four runs in the third to take a commanding 6-0 lead with sophomore slinger Allison Rebling only allowing a 1.48 ERA.

While the Trojans did allow two runs in the top of the fifth, they responded with three more in the following frame and almost added to that total which would have ended the game with Fairfield holding an eight run lead after six innings.

The Trojans hit safely 15 times and drew two walks with Hannah Simpson and Taylor Myers each leading the way with three hits. Simpson scored twice and had two RBI and Myers had two RBI on two very long doubles.

Ashtyn Drish also had multiple hits and scored a run while Rebling, Shay Drish, Lily Hoskins, Grace Stever, Destiny Gridley and Ellie Baker each had one hit as well.

Rebling went the distance and allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out 11 over seven innings.


Game two

Both teams were 9-6 and the winner would take the SEC title, however, the momentum seemed to switch to Keokuk who was just waiting for Rebling to take a seat so they could finally start hitting.

It seemed as if the Trojans were going to make a game of it after all when they scored a run in the first inning and although they surrendered two in the second, they tied it in the home half to keep the home crowd excited.

The Chiefs scored the three decisive runs in the top of third when they made it 5-2 and then piled on with three more in the fourth and four more in the six. Fairfield did score in the fifth and six innings, but it was too little, too late as Keokuk added a 13th run in the seventh for the nine-run victory.

Taylor Myers led the team again, this time going 2-3 with a triple and a run scored. Ashtyn, Simpson, Dani Breen, Gridley, Bailey Hird and Brynley Allison each had one hit as well for the Trojans total of eight.

Ashtyn Drish took the loss after allowing eight runs, only two of which were earned, on eight hits and a walk while striking out one in 3 2/3 innings. Bailey Hird pitched the next 1 2/3 and allowed four runs. all earned, on six hits with no walks and one strikeout.

Brynley Allison finished the final 1 2/3 and allowed an earned run on three hits and a walk.


Up next

“It’s kind of bittersweet and although it’s not our last game here, it feels like it,” said senior Taylor Myers after the loss. Fairfield, 16-23, will host Mt. Pleasant tonight at 7 p.m. at the middle school fields for what could be the seniors final home game.

The Panthers are 13-25 overall and the Trojans swept them in four SEC games by a total score of 25-10.

Keokuk Head Coach Merle Jones added, “Fairfield is well coached and has a lot of talent and can win a few games in the regional.”

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