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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 20, 2018

Trojans split with Mid-Prairie, Wilton

By Justin Webster | Jul 06, 2018
Photo by: Photo submitted by Heidi Bowman Cole Engle slides around the tag at home Thursday night against Wilton. The Trojans later tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, before the Beavers won 8-6 in eight innings.

Mid-Prairie

Thursday afternoon the Fairfield baseball team hosted Mid-Prairie in a makeup game from June 21 and defeated the Hawks 9-1 with junior Jackson Weaton collecting the win.

The Trojans joke that they put up less runs when Weaton is on the mound, but he only needed two runs of support in his 76-pitch complete game three-hitter where he walked five and fanned six.

“Towards the end of the game, I realized I have my team behind me and started finding a way to get the ball in the strikezone so they could help me out,” admitted Weaton.

Weaton said he struggled to get over top of his curveball early, but he was able to find the pitch later in the contest.

As for the offense, skipper Josh Allison said they “put some good swings on the ball,” while compiling nine runs on 11 hits and no walks.

Cade Lisk started the scoring with a two-run dong in the second, before Austin Simpson and Hunter Hoskins both recorded RBI in a three-run third that made it 5-0 in favor of Fairfield.

Hunter Drish led the team with three hits, while also scoring twice and stealing the lone base for the Trojans. Also hitting safely multiple times were Lisk who scored a run and had three RBI and Simpson who scored once and had three RBI, while Hunter Hoskins scored three times and had two RBI in a 1-4 performance.

 

No. 5 Wilton (Class 2A)

With Fairfield No. 10 in the latest polls, this game figured to be good, unfortunately, the final went in favor of the visiting Beavers 8-6.

After surrendering four runs in the top of the second, Fairfield answered with three of their own that began when Lisk scored on a Cole Engle single.

Kosta Papazoglou hit a two-out single that scored Engle on a play at the plate before pinch-running James Lyman and Cooper Drish tricked the Beavers with a double-steal that ended with Drish scoring after Lyman continually evaded the freshman Wilton first baseman.

The visiting team scored single runs in the third and fourth innings before Jimmy Kurka made it 6-4 when he doubled home Cooper Drish in the home half of the fifth. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Trojans finally tied it with a Cooper Drish triple that scored senior pinch-runner Graham Kuehl.

The Beavers scored two in the top of the eighth and Fairfield could not answer as the home team fell to the ranked non-conference opponent.

“We missed some opportunities to drive in some runs and we still had a really good program on the ropes,” said Allison.

“We talked about the feeling they have now and we do not want to have that feeling again,” added the head coach who continued, “Honestly, it’s probably better for us to lose that game then to come in and hit a three-run walkoff bomb and tomorrow struggle to focus on our game. So, big picture, it probably was a blessing.”

 

Tonight

The 25-7 Trojans host 7-26 Keokuk in the conference finale with the Trojans 11-3 in SEC and 9-3 Washington left with doubleheaders at Fort Madison and at home against Mt. Pleasant.

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