The Fairfield baseball team doesn?t have a fancy drainage system to direct rain water off of their field or a grounds crew to rake out the dirt and get it dry before game time.
They do however have a love for baseball and a do-it-yourself attitude that ensures that even if they have to spend four to five hours to be prepared for the first pitch, as they did Thursday, they will find a way.
That?s what makes it even worse that the contest was rained out with the Trojans holding a 2-0 lead over Mid-Prairie thanks to a Cade Lisk long ball, with more runs on the horizon.
?Our bats were about to come alive against their pitcher,? said a confident Josh Allison, the Trojans skipper.
?Even though we didn?t get a hit in the first, we had him timed up and were able to share some things in the second inning and we were going to do some big things tonight,? Allison added.
With road trips to Fort Madison and Clear Creek on Monday and Friday, respectively, and home games versus Centerville and Keokuk Tues and Thursday, respectively, the Trojans always scout their opponents enough to know who their ?best? players are, but mainly they focus on the only thing they can control, themselves.
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At 17-5 overall and 8-2 in the Southeastern Conference, Fairfield is in a virtual tie with 9-3 Mt. Pleasant and holds a one-game lead over 7-3 Washington. Realistically, the Trojans hold a 1/2 game lead over both rival schools with 2-8 Ft. Madison and 0-10 Keokuk only able to play the role of spoiler.
Coach Allison said he doesn?t fear the remaining conference portion of the schedule and isn?t worried that his team will lose focus this week against the bottom of the conference.
?We are where we want to be in the conference, but we have no room for errors,? admitted coach Allison.
Allison always says the team is never content, but he does think they are really close to clicking on all cyclinders although he still refuses to look ahead.
?We?re not worried about a run to the state tournament or anything like that yet,? chimed the head man.
?We were worried about this game tonight and ...,? thanks to the rain, there wasn?t an end to that sentence.