Just like their sisters on the softball team, the Trojan baseball team split their doubleheader at Mt. Pleasant Monday as well, bringing their record to 6-2 overall with all eight contest coming in the Southeast Conference so far.
Just like the ladies, FHS baseball scored in the top of the first in the opening matchup, tallying three runs thanks to seniors Caden Jones and Tristin Waugh who each had an RBI. The Trojans held the Panthers scoreless until the home half of the fourth when they broke through for their first score and then added four more in the bottom of the fifth for the 5-3 final.
Junior Carter Ferrel and seniors Kosta Papazogolou and Jackson Weaton all reached safely while Brittan Bowman, Austin Simpson and Weaton scored the three runs.
Papazogolou went 4 1/3 on the mound, allowing four runs with one earned on one hit and two walks while striking out eight. Bowman threw 31 pitches of relief over the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run off two hits with two strikeouts and zero walks.
“It was a difference from game one to game two of controlling the things that we can control,” explained skipper Josh Allison. “We did a better job at hustling. We did a better job at keeping it positive. Game two was a step in the right direction for us.”
Fairfield gave Mt. Pleasant a three run head start when they allowed one score in the first and two more in the second before plating three of their own in the third. The Panthers took the lead back in the home half of the frame, but re-relinquished it in the fourth when the Trojans took a decisive 5-4 lead before adding a support score in the sixth for the 6-4 final.
“We know Mt. Pleasant is going to give you a battle,” added Allison. “We know Washington is going to give you a battle and we know Ft. Madison is capable of giving you a battle. We’ve got to make sure that we’re ready to play every night.”
Junior Drew Martin and his elder Tristin Waugh each had two hits while fellow seniors Bowman, Jones and Simpson each had one hit and a walk drawn to reach safely twice, as well. Waugh also led the Trojans in RBI with four and for good measure stole a base with his partners in crime Martin and Simpson.
On the hill. Caden Jones started and went three innings, surrendering four runs with two of them earned off five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Classmate Jack Weaton took over and threw 70 pitches over the final four frames while allowing zero runs off of two hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
“I thought Jackson did a really nice job when he came in there,” said Allison. “I was happy with his outing. We had a lot of guys who did things really well. Credit to Coach Broeker for getting those guys ready to go, they played hard. It was a good battle all the way around.”
Fairfield travels to Solon for a 7 p.m. matchup with their Class 3A multi-sport rival Spartans.