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Neighbors Growing Together | Jun 19, 2018

Trojan baseball sweeps Red Raiders

By Justin Webster | May 22, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Junior Austin Simpson approaches home plate after smashing a 3-run homer in the home-half of the fourth inning of game two against Williamsburg Monday night.

The Fairfield baseball team opened their season with two easy wins against a depleted Williamsburg squad that is trying to improve from their recent mediocrity.

The Trojans won game one 15-3 in 4.5 innings after scoring four in the first, nine in the second and a run in both the third and fourth frames to seal the mercy-ruled victory in the regular season opener.

The entire order contributed with the nine batters combining for eight hits and nine walks drawn that led to the 15 runs scored even though only seven RBI were earned.

Noah Stone led the Trojans with three walks drawn, while Cooper and Hunter Drish each had two hits to lead the home team. Hunter also scored three runs, something nine of the Trojans were able to do in the 12-run thumping of the Red Raiders.

Cade Lisk threw 69 pitches over four innings to earn the win while striking out five, walking two and allowing three runs on four hits, two of those runs earned. Jackson Weaton came in for an inning of relief and struck out one batter while walking three in a 28-pitch non-save situation.

 

Game two

Senior pitcher Graham Kuehl didn’t care that his team had just 12-run’d Williamsburg and were expected to equally sadden the second pitcher the Red Raiders would send to the mound in game two, he was not going to allow a run.

Five innings, 86 pitches, one hit and a 12-0 shutout later, the soon-to-be-adult had his first victory of the season.

Kuehl said he wanted to throw more strikes than his 59.3 percent Monday night, but added that the great thing about having such a great hitting team behind him is, “When you get insurance early on, it gives you confidence out there and you don’t have to worry as much if you fall behind.”

The senior said that his changeup was working well, but he struggled early to throw a strike with his curveball because he needed to come over the top more.

Kuehl also had several of his seven strikeouts come on high fastballs, something he admitted came partially from the ball slipping a bit out of his hand at the release point which caused the heaters to rise as they approached the plate.

Junior Austin Simpson, who has been an all-Golden Triangle athlete in each sport he’s played starting with baseball last spring,(also football and basketball) is excited that the season is finally here.

“It’s my best sport and the most fun for me to play,” shared Simpson.

Facing a 3-2 count in the fourth inning with two runners on, Simpson twisted his hips on a hanging curveball and pulled the ball 350-plus feet into the right field sky, giving the Trojans a 9-0 lead and a chance to continue the scoring en route to a second straight four and half inning victory.

“I had been struggling before that pitch, but I saw all of that one,” said the smiling 17-year old who added, “I actually prefer something fast in that situation, so I can stay on my toes.”

Simpson said the guys come to practice wanting to work and that gets them better and he also thinks they will only improve as the season progresses.

Head Coach Josh Allison was happy with the sweep but is certainly not satisfied with his team’s development and expects them to keep building on their successes they had in the opener.

Allison reiterated that he doesn’t want his team to peak too early, and thinks if they keep working hard and playing for each other, they’ll be just fine.

 

Next up

A roadtrip to Legion Field in Ottumwa where the Trojans will face the Bulldogs in a non-conference game scheduled for 7 p.m. The contest will immediate follow the junior varsity contest that starts at 5 p.m.

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