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Trojans sweep season series with Liberty

By Justin Webster | Jul 05, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Liberty first baseman is seen pulling his foot off of the bag early in the contest between the Trojans and the Lightning. Fairfield was called out and first base coach Jeff Eeling let the umpire know he was incorrect.

Junior varsity

Game one was the ninth and 10th graders hosting the Lightning and they fell behind 2-0 early before they “started seeing the ball better and strung together some hits,” as they rallied for a 6-2 victory according to coach Willie Ghent.

“One thing that Coach Klehm and I really focus on is one pitch at a time and trying to get the guys to focus on the next pitch regardless of the past,” added the Trojans JV skipper.

Ghent also said that the team is 16-7 and not only has a lot of talent but a lot of high-character members that the varsity will be excited to get in the future.

 

Varsity

The Trojans defeated Iowa City Liberty at Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids 12-4 and 18-7 back on June 13, but the Lightning took a 1-0 lead Tuesday night when Isaac Bender drove home Tyler Dahm in the top of the second.

No one else scored until the home half of the third when Hunter Hoskins stole second and then scored on a RBI double by Cooper Drish to make it 1-1. The Trojans took the lead for the first time in the fourth when Hunter “Sticks” Drish singled and Jimmy Kurka barrel-rolled his way home from second base for the 2-1 advantage.

Liberty tied it at two in the top of the fifth when they hit a one-out gapper to left-center that made its way to the fence before the hitter rolled into third on a throwing error by the Trojans. The next batter smoked a shot right at Tristin Waugh at second base who then doubled off the runner at third to end the threat.

The bottom of the fifth was when the bats started screeching with Austin Simpson drawing a walk and then Caden Jones scoring as his pinch-runner when Cooper Drish hit a triple for a 3-2 Fairfield lead.

After Cade Lisk walked, he and Drish scored to make it 5-2 and then the Trojans added another three in the sixth to make it 8-2 which was the final score.

Cooper went 3-4 with a run scored and two RBI and was just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.

Hoskins, Hunter Drish, Waugh and Papazoglou were the others to hit safely while the Trojans also drew seven walks and stole four bases.

James Lyman got the win after throwing 82 pitches over five innings and allowing two runs, both earned, off of eight hits and three walks while striking out three batters.

Cole Engle threw 28 pitches in two innings of relief and allowed no hits or runs and walked just one while striking out two.

“Their pitcher threw his curve ball really well and kept us off balance early but we kept working hard and found a way to play small ball when we need to,” said Head Coach Josh Allison.

Next

The Trojans will host Mid-Prairie today and Wilton tonight with both games a jv/varsity doubleheader and the nightcap senior night.

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