The Fairfield softball team split two games Saturday at Oskaloosa, first defeating the No. 9 team in Class 2A, Van Meter, before falling to the No. 7 squad in Class 4A, the host Indians.
The Trojans sent junior Allison Rebling to the circle for the opener, but the defense behind the ace hurler allowed two runs in the first and another in the second to take a 3-0 advantage into the home-half of the second inning. That’s when FHS started their scoring, netting four runs to hold a one-run advantage through two frames.
Fairfield plated another run in the third inning to extend their lead to 5-3 and then they had to scramble for a score to tie it at 6-6 after the Bulldogs exploded for a trio of runs in the fourth.
FHS walked off with the 7-6 victory after scoring the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh.
Rebling went all seven innings and collected the victory after allowing six runs, two of them earned, off of six hits with five walks and five strikeouts. She was also one of two Trojans to hit safely multiple times, going 2-4 with a pair of RBI. Freshman Hannah Simpson was the other Trojan with multiple hits, going 2-4 with a RBI and one run scored.
The Trojans were the natural road team in game two and scored first with a pair of runs in the top of the first to jump out to an early lead.
Fairfield had one bad inning and that came in the third when starting pitcher Coty Engle and the squad allowed nine runs on eight hits with one walk and a strikeout before sophomore Bailey Hird came in to stop the bleeding. Hird went the final 3 1/3 and allowed one run on three hits with a walk and zero strikeouts.
Simpson once again had multiple hits which has her batting average at .507 through 75 at-bats, well above her preseason goal of .350 mentioned to The Ledger.
Eighth grader Peyton McCabe played third base for the Trojans and also reached base multiple times, going 2-2 with a walk drawn in her three at-bats.
The 13-10 Trojans will host Washington tonight at the middle school fields beginning at 5:30 p.m. FHS is 7-1 in the Southeast Conference while the Demons are 13-8 overall and 5-3 in the SEC.