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Neighbors Growing Together | Nov 22, 2017

Trojans fall to Assumption in state qualifier

By Bill Gatchel, GTNS Staff | Jul 20, 2017
Photo by: Photo by Bill Gatchel, GTNS Staff James Kurka came on in relief pitch in the substate game against Davenport Assumption.

WASHINGTON, Iowa (GTNS) — It was a tough night on the baseball diamond for the Fairfield Trojans Wednesday as their chances of playing in the state tournament were quashed by the Davenport Assumption Knights by an 11-1 final score.

The game started off well when Hunter Hoskins hit a home run ball over the center field fence to put the Trojans up 1-0. However that lead would be short-lived as Assumption came back in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game.

The score would not change until the fourth inning when Assumption would end up scoring four runs to take a 5-1 lead. They added another two runs in the fifth to go ahead 9-1. The final two runs came in the sixth inning to end the game by mercy rule, ending Fairfield’s season and their chance to play in the state tournament.

Cameron Baumann was the starting pitcher for Fairfield. In his 4 2/3 innings on the mound, he gave up nine runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out nine. Relief pitcher Jimmy Kurka went one full inning giving up two runs on three hits. He walked one and had no strikeouts.

Assumption pitcher Ben Beutel pitched the entire game giving up the one run on three hits while striking out 13.

Despite the loss coach Josh Allison is pleased at how well they played.

“I’m proud of how we battled out there,” he says. “It’s a really good team over there in the other dugout. We went toe-to-toe with them for several innings. We gave up a couple of key hits and it just kind of snowballed from there. But I’m still proud of them. They put in a good effort, stayed together and pulled together as a team. It was good.”

Assumption pitcher Ben Beutel had some dynamic pitching which made it tough for the Trojans to get in the game Allison says.

“His curveball was really good,” Allison says. “If all he had was a fastball, we would have got on him. It was tough.”

Even though their season is over Allison is pleased with the overall season.

“I’m really proud of the boys and the work they put in,” he says. “All season long they were working hard. At practice, they were there ready to go and they did what they were asked to do.”

The team lost three to graduation this year and they will be missed.

“It’s always hard to say goodbye to those guys,” Allison says. “I will miss their leadership. Thankfully we have some younger guys who will step in and take the reins next year.”

The team ends their year with a 26-12 record while Assumption moves on to the state tournament in Des Moines with a 38-5 record.

 

Fairfield 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 6

Assumption 1 0 0 4 4 2 11 10 1

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