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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 16, 2017

Trojans take both from Demons, Allison wins No. 300

By BILL GATCHEL, Golden Triangle News Service | Jun 20, 2017

 

The process of getting a sweep over Washington wasn’t easy on Monday. But the Fairfield Trojans remained strong and won both games, marking the 300th career win for baseball head coach Josh Allison in the process.

Washington scored a run in the first inning to start the evening. The Trojans tried several times throughout the next two innings to score, but would come up short. In the bottom of the fourth, Caden Jones, courtesy running for pitcher Cam Baumann, scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.

Neither team would score through the next three innings, forcing the game into extra innings. Washington’s closest chance at scoring would be getting a runner on second base in the top of the eighth.

Fairfield’s Kosta Papazoglou hit a fly to the fence in right field for a stand-up double. A bunt by Hunter Hoskins advanced Papazoglou to third. After an intentional walk to Austin Simpson, Papazoglou would score on a fly to center field by Tristin Waugh to win the game, 2-1.

In the nightcap, Fairfield started off the game in a huge way as Waugh would hit a grand slam home run in the first inning to put the Trojans up 4-0. Washington would respond in the top of the second by scoring four runs to tie the game.

Fairfield came back in the third where Simpson scored on a sacrifice fly by Baumann and Waugh would cross the plate on a wild pitch, putting the score at 6-4.

Baumann scored on a bunt by Noah Stone in the bottom of the fifth, adding to the Trojans’ lead followed by Cade Lisk scoring as well.

The final two runs for Fairfield came in the sixth when Brian Buch scored on a sacrifice fly by Waugh and Baumann scored on a fly to center field by Lisk, putting the score at 10-4, giving Fairfield the win.

With the first game going back and forth, Allison likes to see those contests.

“Those are the fun ones to win and to play in,” Allison says. “Jacob [Hall, from Washington] was throwing really well and Cameron [Baumann] was, too. “I’m happy at how well the boys kept batting. This was the first time they had won one that way. Hopefully it’s that stepping stone we need to take so we can believe that anything can happen.”

Allison is also pleased with the second game.

“That first inning was big,” he said. “I wasn’t very pleased for a while when we let our guard down for a bit. We need to make sure we don’t continue to do that. We need to make sure to keep progressing throughout our whole game as well as staying focused. The boys came back toward the end and pulled it out for the win.”

When asked about the milestone 300th win Allison really didn’t know he achieved it.

“It’s just another game, honestly.” Allison said.

“You never get to these benchmarks without having the kind of players I’ve had over the years. That’s always kudos to them. They work hard and I’m really appreciative of the effort they put in.”

The boys face Muscatine Wednesday.

The Trojans are 14-7 this season. The game against Muscatine starts at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

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