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Trojan softball doubles win total after SEC sweep

By Justin Webster | Jun 05, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Junior Blair Bowman is all smiles after the Trojans won 7-0 and 8-5 to improve to 3-1 in the Southeast Conference.

The Fairfield softball team collected their first doubleheader sweep of the season after defeating Fort Madison 7-0 and 8-5 Monday night at FMS.

The Trojans started 2-8 overall this season, but Head Coach Bob Bradfield is aware that of the six schools the Trojans faced, Sigourney, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and Davenport Assumption were responsible for five of those losses a year after making the state tournament in their classification. Those teams also went 7-2 in their 2017 brackets and combined for two championship game appearances and both the Savages and Rockets were eliminated in extra-inning contest.

“We needed to win and we did,” added Bradfield who suggested that Fort Madison isn’t bad, but reiterated that the Bloodhounds are also rebuilding after losing both starting pitchers to graduation last season.

 

Game one

The Trojan were hot in the opener, reaching base 13 times including 10 hits while scoring seven times.

Fairfield got two runs in the first, two in the fourth and three to seal it in the sixth behind sophomore Allison Rebling’s five hit, one walk, 10 strikeout-shutout.

Seven different Trojans reached base safely with Shay Drish leading the effort with a 3-3, three runs scored statline with the sophomore also drawing a walk out of her leadoff spot.

Tenth-grader Allison Rebling and junior Ellie Baker had two hits a piece with Baker also scoring a run and senior Ashtyn Drish, sophomore Grace Stever and eighth grader Hannah Simpson each getting on base one time each.

 

Game two

Five runs in the second gave the Trojans a lead, but after allowing one in the fourth and four in the fifth, Fairfield needed the three insurance runs they scored in the home half of the fourth that padded their lead to 8-1 en route to victory.

Head Coach Bob Bradfield said that it’s even more key to score in the second game with the Trojans lack of experience at pitching in the No. 2 slot.

Rebling came in with two outs in the fifth and a lead, but runners on base.

“A couple of those runs were my fault,” said the longtime coach. “We talked about putting three different girls in and warmed them each up at different times and then all of a sudden they scored runs fast and I should have made the switch two batters earlier.”

Rebling followed her complete game shutout with a two-hit, five strikeout performance in just two and one-third innings of relief.

“I’m just trying to hit my spots and I know I have my defense behind me,” said Rebling whose parents, Allan and Vicki, are big sports fans themselves.

“I feel like there are some expectations with sports,” suggested the sophomore. “but I know they support me regardless.”

The member of the Class of 2020 said pitching is her favorite thing to do and is working hard on her pitches that include a drop, riser and a low rise for shorter batters.

She said that her mom still holds some records that she can keep as far as Allison is concerned who is focused on attacking each individual opponent and game and although the Trojans lost a lot of players, Rebling concluded by saying that the team has confidence in themselves that they can be successful this season.

Although the Trojans will host Chariton Friday and Clear Creek Amana, Iowa City Liberty, New London, Pekin, Van Buren and the Wilton softball teams through Saturday, Bradfield is looking at Thursday’s Southeast Conference doubleheader at Keokuk, who is 7-7 but is the winner of seven of their last nine after an 0-5 start against five different opponents, as the game of the week.

“We can’t relax in our tournament,” said the skipper. “But it’s nice for the girls to not have to travel and get in the suburbans to drive an hour and a half before we play.”

The Trojans are 4-8 overall, but 3-1 in SEC which is tied with (3-1) Keokuk and (4-2) Washington who are in a virtual three-way tie for first with Mt. Pleasant and Fort Madison 1-3.

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