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Trojans at Clear Creek-Amana softball classic

By Justin Webster | Jun 25, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Hannah Simpson, No. 25, scores against West Branch Saturday morning after plowing into Head Coach Bob Bradfield.

Fairfield softball joined Carlisle, Central DeWitt, Regina, West Branch, Williamsburg and Woodward-Granger Friday and Saturday in Oxford for the Clear Creek-Amana softball classic with each team playing three games.

Since sophomore shortstop Shay Drish is day-to-day after tweaking something in her quad at Albia last Tuesday, Head Coach Bob Bradfield did some shifting around the infield over the weekend, depending on who he had pitching.

 

Game one

Fairfield 3

Central DeWitt 2

The Trojans faced the Sabres Friday evening after originally expecting to play both Carlisle and the host Clippers on day one, but since the scheduling change didn’t make it to all of Trojan nation, many parents missed most or all of the contest and the team itself even arrived later than usual due to the miscommunication.

It took a few innings, but once everyone was settled in, sophomore catcher Grace Stever hit what she thought was going to be a pop up in the top of the fourth that just keep carrying.

“They were pitching really slow and I didn’t think it was going out at all,” said Stever who gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead.

Fairfield added another run in the fifth that turned out to be the decisive score when the Sabres hit a two-run shot of their own in the home half of the sixth.

Allison Rebling shutdown the rally in the seventh to hold on for the complete game win, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks over seven innings with nine strikeouts.

Lily Hoskins had two hits while Ashtyn Drish, Hannah Simpson, Destiny Gridley and Ellie Baker each hit safely once.

 

Game two

Fairfield 5

West Branch 0

Danielle Breen scored in the top of the third on a Grace Stever fielder’s choice where the Bears first baseman failed to secure the ball with two outs, giving the Trojans a 1-0 lead.

With two out in the top of the fifth, coach Bradfield got plowed over by Simpson as she scored on a Gridley double before Destiny slid in safely herself on a play-at-the-plate that made it 3-0 after she scored on a Taylor Myers single.

Another pair of runs came across in the sixth when Lily Hoskins hit a bloop single and then stole second and third base on consecutive passed balls before scoring on a Rebling single that made it 4-0.

The final tally was added when Ashtyn doubled home Rebling for the 5-0 decision.

Rebling had another strong outing with a complete game shutout over seven innings while allowing just two hits and three walks with 13 strikouts.

“I’ve just been hitting my spots,” said the sophomore who added that her riseball has been moving well lately.

Offensively, Fairfield totaled 11 hits led by a 3-4 performance by Rebling who had two singles to go with her RBI double.

Hoskins and Gridley also had multi-hit games with Simpson and Stever also drawing walks.

 

Game three

Williamsburg 12

Fairfield 0 (4 innings)

Five runs in the first was more than enough, but the Red Raiders kept piling on with a run in the second and three more in both the third and fourth innings in the mercy-shortened contest.

Hoskins and Drish kept the Trojans from getting no-hit for the second time in a week with no one else managing to reach safely in the teams’ 14 at-bats.

Drish took the mound and the loss, allowing eight runs on three hits and six walks over two-plus innings while striking out one.

Freshman Bailey Hird tossed 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing the final four runs on four hits and one walk with zero strikeouts.

 

Rotating in

Saturday saw Delaney and her twin Danielle Breen play in a sub and rotate type of scenario.

“I’m not even considered a high schooler yet in softball terms and let’s be frank, I’m a lot smaller and weaker than a lot of the girls but I’m playing here because of my skill level and I don’t think it matters that my name is Breen,” said the soon-to-be freshman who doesn’t feel a rivalry with her sister.

“I don’t feel any pressure with Danielle, because we play totally different positions and we have totally different bodies in general. It’s not even a competition in that way.”

 

Up next

The 12-17 Trojans now travel to Fort Madison for a Southeast Conference doubleheader Monday and to Burlington Tuesday before finishing the week at home with two games against Keokuk Thursday night.

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