The Fairfield varsity softball team dropped their final two regular-season games Friday night at Huston Field in Ottumwa when they lost 6-2 to Centerville and then 11-4 to the host Bulldogs, dropping their season record to 20-18 with their first round playoff game at home on Thursday versus Keokuk.
The Big Red tallied two in the first, but were quickly caught up to by the Trojans who totaled two of their own to leave it at 2-2 just one inning into play. All scoring stalled until the fifth when Centerville tacked on the go-ahead run before adding three insurance scores in the sixth to take the 6-2 victory.
Junior Shay Drish accounted for half of the Trojans’ base runners, going 3-3 with a run scored to lead the Fairfield effort. Unfortunately, the 4-5-6 hitters each just reached safely once, including walks, with freshman Hannah Simpson knocking in Drish for a RBI, before scoring herself in the home half of the first.
Junior Allison Rebling went 5 1/3 innings in the circle and took the loss after allowing six runs, all earned, off of six hits with seven walks and seven strikeouts.
Sophomore Bailey Hird finished the game and tossed the final 2/3 of an inning, allowing zero runs on zero hits.
In their regular-season finale, FHS managed six hits and a walk drawn in a 11-4 loss to the Bulldogs.
Freshman Jenna Norris was the lone Trojan to enter the base paths more than once, going 2-3 with a solo home run and of course a RBI and run scored.
The other three Trojans to cross the plate were Shay Drish, Peyton McCabe and Coty Engle.
Engle also started the contest in the circle for FHS and went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 11 runs with seven of them earned, off of 11 hits and two walks with zero strikeouts.
Hird completed the final 2/3 of an inning for the second straight game, allowing zero runs on one hit.
Fairfield will host Keokuk in the first round of the Class 4A-region 6 playoff bracket with the winner advancing to play the Panthers at Mt. Pleasant Saturday. The winner from the Southeast Conference will likely face North Scott July 16 with the highest remaining seed designated as host.