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Patient Panthers walk a win away from Trojans

Freshman Hannah Simpson throws the ball back to the mound after getting a Panther out at first. Coach Bob Bradfield watches in the background.
Freshman Hannah Simpson throws the ball back to the mound after getting a Panther out at first. Coach Bob Bradfield watches in the background.
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FHS’s softball team split their Southeast Conference doubleheader Monday night at Mt. Pleasant to improve their record to 11-8 overall with a 7-1 mark in the league half way through the SEC schedule.

Game one

The Trojans scored first with a run in the top of the second, but the Panthers responded with the equalizer in the home half of the inning. Mt. Pleasant added the go-ahead run in the fourth and then piled on for three more in the sixth for the 5-1 final.

Freshman Hannah Simpson was the lone Trojan to reach safely multiple times, going 2-3 with a pair of doubles. Junior ace Allison Rebling went six innings, allowing five runs, two of them earned, off three hits and 10 walks with seven strikeouts.

Game two

Again, Fairfield scored first with three runs in the top of the opening frame, unfortunately, Mt. Pleasant responded again and took a 5-3 lead into the second inning. The Trojans started tossing crooked numbers on the board and scored 14 unanswered runs with five in the second, two in the third, four in the fourth and the final three nails in the Panther coffin in the fifth.

Leadoff hitter/team-leader, junior Shay Drish, scored five times in two official at-bats going 1-2 with three walks and an RBI. Juniors Allison Rebling and Destiny Gridley each had multiple hits while Hannah Simpson went 1-3 with two walks drawn and two runs scored to go with her RBI. Gridley, Rebling, Coty Engle and Peyton McCabe each had two runs driven in while freshman Jenna Norris had three RBI.

Coty Engle was the winning pitcher, throwing five innings and allowing five runs, four of them earned, off six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Next

Fairfield High will travel to 4-10 Mid-Prairie Wednesday for a doubleheader that will begin at 10 a.m.