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Neighbors Growing Together | Jun 24, 2018

Trojan baseball sweeps Fort Madison

By Justin Webster | Jun 05, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo No. 12 Cade Lisk stands on second after hitting a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth Monday night with the bases loaded against Fort Madison to complete the Trojans 4-3 comeback victory in game two to complete the sweep after winning 9-1 in game one.

The Trojan baseball team swept Fort Madison Monday night at home with a 9-1 victory in game one and a 4-3 rally-cap inspired win in game two.

 

Game one

Junior Austin Simpson roped an RBI double on the first pitch of his first at-bat to score classmate Cole Engle and give Fairfield a 1-0 lead after one.

With an early lead, Junior Jackson Weaton tossed a 109-pitch complete game and allowed only one run on two hits while striking out 10 and walking four. The lone run surrendered by Weaton was a solo homerun by Bloodhound sophomore Brandon Reichelt in the sixth inning.

The Trojans added three runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth with 11 hits, four walks drawn and four stolen bases contributing to the offensive effort.

Individually, senior Hunter Hoskins went 3-3 with a run and an RBI while Simpson was 2-3 with a walk, two RBI and a run. Tristin Waugh also had two hits in four AB’s and scored twice for Fairfield.

Engle, seniors Jimmy Kurka and Hunter Drish and junior Noah Stone each had one hit a piece with Engle and Waugh scoring twice and Stone, Hoskins, Kurka and Hunter Drish each crossing the plate once.


Game two

After trailing 1-0 after three and 3-1 in the middle of the fifth, the Trojans flipped their caps to rally-mode for a three run home half of the fifth that led to a 4-3 come-from-behind conference win over Fort Madison.

The Bloodhounds took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third that they held until the home half of the fourth when the Trojans tied it on a wild pitch by senior Tony Fortado.

The visitors then regained the lead briefly in the top of the fifth when the Trojan outfield struggled with a couple of flyballs.

“That time of the night, it’s tough to see the ball,” explained Head Coach Josh Allison.

Fairfield didn’t trail for long, scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning with the comeback capped by a two-run double by Cade Lisk when the senior ripped a first pitch fastball the Hounds threw over the middle of the plate.

“I’ve been struggling, so I just tried to put it in play,” admitted Lisk who added, “I just got my job done and was happy with that,” when asked what it felt like standing on second with the go-ahead runs credited to him.

Lisk said the team struggled a bit to hit because Fort Madison was throwing so slow that the Trojans kept popping everything up.

Coach Allison said that not only was he proud of his pitchers for leaving several runners on base, but for the entire team for battling back for the win instead of chalking it up as a loss.

Allison also shared that the team met Friday to discuss their 7-3 record that didn’t feel the way they thought it should.

“They are not happy with where they are,” said Allison. “It shows a lot about the team that they aren’t satisfied and we will keep working hard and staying positive. Today’s win had to do with the boys staying together and being supportive of each other. We want to be playing our best ball at the end of the season.”

Caden Jones started the game and went 4 1/3, allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking zero batters.

Senior James Lyman came in and threw 2 2/3 innings of relief and surrendered zero runs on one hit while striking out one and walking none.

Lyman is headed to Iowa State in the fall to study mechanical engineering and is trying to enjoy the season before heading to Ames.

“As a senior I know in games like this where the tension is high I need to be cool and make my pitches,” said the recent graduate.

“We’re still focused with graduation and lots of parties, although our diets aren’t the best with all of the cake we’ve been eating. I’ve been trying to eat well at home and stay out of the sun, but today was a nice day and I had to go fishing, you know.”

The Trojans offense consisted of one hit each from Lisk, Simpson, Weaton and Hunter Drish with Simpson, Drish, Hoskins and Waugh scoring the four runs for Fairfield. The team also drew four walks and stole three bases.

 

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