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Trojans split with Fort Madison

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jun 28, 2017
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo Kenady Waugh prepares to get a jump from second base during Game 2 against Fort Madison Monday night in Fairfield.

The Trojan varsity softball team split its two games against Fort Madison Monday at home.

Fairfield defeated Fort Madison 5-1 in the opening, and staked out a 7-2 lead in Game 2. Unfortunately for the home team, the visitors scored in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to steal the win, 9-7.

 

TROJANS 5, BLOODHOUNDS 1

Fairfield started the scoring with one in the first. Fort Madison answered with one in the fourth, but the Trojans pushed ahead with another tally next inning. The Trojans put up three runs in the sixth to give themselves a comfortable cushion for the seventh inning.

Haley Beard didn’t need the extra runs as she shut down the Bloodhounds in the final frame to earn the win. She allowed one earned run on five hits and no walks to go with four strikeouts.

Brynna Bowman went 3-4 with a run and two RBIs. Kenady Waugh was 1-3 with a double and a run. Sara Trent singled and drove in two runs. Ashtyn Drish went 1-3 with an RBI. Courtesy runner Grace Stever scored two runs.

 

BLOODHOUNDS 9, TROJANS 7

Fort Madison started the scoring with two runs in the first. In the bottom of the second, the Trojans exploded for seven, and were well on their way to sweeping the Bloodhounds out of Fairfield.

The Trojans never had the same chances after that big inning. Fort Madison, meanwhile, clawed back in the game. The Bloodhounds scored four in the fifth and one in the sixth to knot the game at 7-7. In the seventh, an error allowed Fort Madison to score twice more. The Trojans could not put together a rally in their half of the inning as the conference foes split the two games.

“Of course we’re disappointed to lose the second game, but you have to give Fort Madison credit,” said Trojan head coach Bob Bradfield. “Their pitcher threw well, they played good defense and they hit the ball really well.”

Waugh went 3-4 with two RBIs and a run. Ashtyn Drish went 2-4 with a double, a run and one driven in. Shay Drish singled, drove in a run and scored one herself. Bowman went 2-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Natalie Angstead singled and scored a run. Stever scored a run as a courtesy runner.

Bowman pitched 4.1 innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits and four walks to go with two punchouts. Allison Rebling threw the final 2.2 innings and suffered the loss, allowing five runs, three earned, on three hits and three walks with one strikeout.

 

Playoffs:

Pairings have been released for the first few rounds of the playoffs. Fort Madison and Keokuk will play on July 6, and the winner will face the Trojans two days later in Fairfield.

If the Trojans win that game, there are three teams they could face in the bottom half of the bracket, and they are Des Moines Hoover, Waterloo East and Bondurant Farrar. The regional championship game will be played July 11.

 

Upcoming games:

The Trojans’ next game will be Thursday in Keokuk, where they will play a doubleheader against the Chiefs. Keokuk stands at 16-15. Bradfield remarked that the Trojans have struggled to hit Chiefs’ pitcher Makenzie Pezley during the last three years, so he expects a good battle with Keokuk. After that, Fairfield will face Solon and Southeast Polk Friday at the Ottumwa Classic.

The Trojans’ record is now 28-6.

 

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