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Neighbors Growing Together | Jun 24, 2018

Trojan baseball splits with Washington in SEC opener

By Justin Webster | Jun 04, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Juniors Austin Simpson, No. 23, and Jackson Weaton, No. 28, exchange pleasantries and encouragement between at-bats during game two Thursday night at Fairfield middle school.

Fairfield defeated Washington 5-1 in the opener of Thursday night’s home Southeast Conference doubleheader, before dropping the second game 9-6 after a seventh inning rally fell short.


Game one

Cooper Drish hit a sacrifice fly in the home half of the first to start the scoring for the Trojans who saw the Demons tie it in their second at-bat, before Fairfield scored two decisive runs in the second to secure victory. The first run came on an error by Washington and then Hunter Hoskins smacked a 1-1 pitch for his first of two team-leading hits, bringing in an RBI for the 3-1 lead. Two more runs in the fourth left the final 5-1 in favor of the residents of Jefferson.

Cade Lisk collected the win after going seven innings and allowing one run on four hits while striking out six and walking four on 107 pitches, 58-percent of which were strikes.

Along with the two hits and an RBI in his three plate appearances, Hoskins also scored a run. Jimmy Kurka, Noah Stone and Hunter Drish also scored runs with Stone and Cooper Drish recording the other two hits and Hunter having the other two RBI.

 

Game two

Fairfield tried to claw back into the second game, but fell behind too far, too early when they allowed six runs to score in the opening frame.

Washington scored on singles by Witthoft, Hinckley, Stout and Hennigan and a groundout by Knutson in the road half of the first.

The Trojans started chipping away in the second when Cade Lisk smoked a homer for the Trojans to cut the deficit to 6-2, unfortunately, the next set of scoring came in the top of the fifth when the Demons scored what ended up being the decisive runs when they added three to their total to make the board read 9-2 in favor of the visitors.

The Trojans ended up with eight hits after a rally in the seventh started when Lisk and James Lyman reached on singles and Jackson Weaton reached safely on an error. Fairfield added four runs but still fell 9-6 in split the two-game set.

Chase Mcdole went two and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out five and walking one before Brady Knutson came in and went three and two-thirds innings. Senior Erik Murphy collected the save by pitching two-thirds of the seventh and securing the three run win after Knutson allowed the Trojan rally.

Graham Kuehl started on the mound for Fairfield, allowing six runs on 12 hits and walking one while striking out two. Cole Engle threw 52 pitches in three and one-third innings of relief and struck and walked two each.

No errors were committed by the Trojans with Austin Simpson converting all of his team-leading seven of his opportunities.

Kosta Papazagolou, Lyman, Simpson and Stone each had a hit while Lisk and Cooper Drish each had two. Papazagolou, Hoskins, Cooper Drish and Lyman also scored runs with Lisk scoring twice for the six total. Stone had an RBI while Lisk and Lyman had the other two.

The SEC split leaves the Trojans 7-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play with another doubleheader at home tonight versus winless Fort Madison beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the second game immediately after.

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