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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 19, 2018

Trojans loss at Solon hard to swallow

By Justin Webster | Jul 19, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Fairfield lost 4-0 Wednesday night at Solon in the Class 3A substate 5 final. The Trojans finish the year with a 30-9 record.

The Fairfield baseball team will be struggling for a while with Wednesday night’s 4-0 loss at Solon in the Class 3A substate 5 final, with 2018 being the Trojans third consecutive season to end a game shy of the state tournament in Des Moines.

“It’s just frustrating to come up one game short three years in a row,” said senior Graham Kuehl who has been an intrical part of the program for four-plus years.

Junior Austin Simpson explained it in a similar way, “I’m never going to forget how this feels and I’ll let it motivate me. We had an amazing bond as a team, and it just sucks that it’s coming to an end this early.”

 

What happened

The game itself was a pitchers duel with Cade Lisk going 5 2/3 and throwing 111 pitches while allowing four runs, two earned, off four hits and six walks while striking out seven.

“I can’t say anything,” was all the senior Lisk could squeeze past the tears after the tough loss that ends the Trojans runs with a 30-9 overall record.

“You have to tip your caps to them,” said Manager Josh Allison who added, “They did what they needed to do and we battled our rear ends off and gave everything we had.”

Fairfield managed just one hit, a two out double by senior Hunter Hoskins in the top of the fifth.

“This was my most fun season so far,” said Hoskins as he struggled to smile. “It was nice to get the conference championship back and making it to substate. I hate coming up short again but, that’s baseball. It happens.”

The four Solon runs came in two batches of two. The first pair came in the bottom of the fourth when senior Spencer Wegmann hit a two-run triple that scored senior Tyler Linderbaum and pinch-running junior Jackson Pipolo.

The latter was in the home-half of the sixth when junior Chris McSweeney reached on an E3 that allowed freshman Brady Jeworrek to cross home and make it 3-0.

Senior Luke Ira hit a two-out single to left that scored the final run before Kosta Papazoglou struck out senior Kendrick Harris.

Papazoglou started the game behind the plate before pitching the last 1/3 of an inning during the sixth. Kosta threw seven pitches to new catcher Noah Stone and allowed one hit before he had the strikeout to end inning.

 

Thoughts

James Lyman

“We’re a determined team and we’re always going to be there and we’re always going to be one of the best teams in 3A.”

 

Hunter “Sticks” Drish

“I’ll miss playing with these guys since baseball started, the same guys every year. That’s what I’m going to miss.”

 

“Watching everyone grow and develop into a better person, a better friend and a better player, that’s my favorite thing about this team.”

 

Coach Allison

“It’s hard to say goodbye to the seniors, but we’ve got a lot of guys returning and we’ll have a lot of experience on the field. We’ll have some leadership that we’ll have to replace, that’s going to be the tough thing.”

 

Jeff Eeling

“It’s been a great year, we’ve got great kids to work with and they always come to work hard everyday and it’s just been a joy.”

 

“We’ll have to fill some holes, that’s for sure. Hunter Hoskins has been out there for three years and Graham has been with us for four years, Lisk for three as well and it’ll be tough to fill those holes, but we’ll make sure the kids still here work hard in the offseason and I think we’ll be alright.”

 

AD Jeff Courtright

“We’ve got good kids that go out there and try their hardest and classy coaches that are spending a lot of time to help them reach their full potential and great parents and a supportive community and when you put those things together it usually leads to successful seasons.”

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