The Trojan softball team evened their overall record at 6-6 and increased their mark in the Southeast Conference to 4-0 with a doubleheader sweep at Fort Madison Monday night that also recorded wins No. 1,000 and 1,001 for head coach Bob Bradfield who has held the post since 1979.
Junior Shay Drish reached safely with one of her two hits to leadoff the game and scored on an RBI single by freshman Hannah Simpson to give FHS an early 1-0 lead. Simpson then hit a solo homerun in the fourth to extend the Trojan advantage to 2-0 before the road team allowed a run in the bottom of the fourth for the 2-1 final that gave skipper Bob Bradfield his 1,000th victory.
“I never thought about it,” said the head coach in his 41st season. “I don’t think anyone ever thinks about how many wins they’re going to get, you just hope you don’t pass away the next day.”
Along with two hits each from Drish and Simpson, Destiny Gridley and Peyton McCabe were the other two base runners for Fairfield.
Allison Rebling went seven innings and struck out 12 batters while allowing one run on three hits with four walks.
“It feels good, but it’s not any big deal,” suggested Bradfield. “A lot of people would have that many wins if they coached that long. It’s not anything I did, I’ve had some good teams and players and basically the players play the games and coaches sort of sit there and watch to some degree.”
The Trojans took an early 1-0 lead again with a run in the first and added another in the second to give eighth grade hurler Coty Engle an early cushion. Engle then allowed two of her four runs in the fourth before FHS enlarged their lead with a three-run fifth that gave the road team a 5-2 advantage ahead of Engle allowing her other two runs. The young Trojan then left after five innings pitched with two strikeouts, three walks and a one-run lead. Rebling came in for two scoreless innings of relief and recorded four strikeouts while walking two batters and watching the offense add two more runs in the sixth and an eighth run overall in the seventh.
The Trojans had 10 hits, led by three from Simpson and two from classmate Delaney Breen who had two RBI, same as Engle. Danielle Breen was the only Trojan to score twice, going 1-3 with an RBI.
For Bradfield, “I’m just hoping to be alive next year. That would be the only thing that I’m hoping to have happen next year. Even when you’re 39, especially at the high school level, you’re coaching year to year.”
For the softball team, they will host Keokuk on Thursday.