After starting the season 0-4, 1-5 and 2-8 in the win/loss column, the Fairfield softball team is now 8-3 over its last 11 games after sweeping Mid-Prairie 10-0 and 13-1 at the middle school Wednesday night.
?We never lost confidence,? said Head Coach Bob Bradfield.
?We always knew we were better than 6-11, but when you play No. 1 Davenport Assumption and Eddyville and begin 0-4, it?s a tough start,? admitted the Trojan skipper.
He also said that some years they would have ?played lesser opponents and started 4-0 and got a false sense of greatness.?
So far it looks like he?s right when he says, ?It was better for us to have that reality check right off the bat.?
Bradfield said they hadn?t seen much of Mid-Prairie, but they expected to win if they were able to play well.
?It?s hard to gauge because Tuesday they lost twice,? said Bradfield, ?but they played No. 1 Durant and we beat them last year, but we were a state tournament team. So, it?s really hard to predict those things.?
It took the Trojan offense 26 at-bats to accumulate 10 runs off nine hits and four walks in the shortened five-inning contest.
It started with four runs in the first, followed by three in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth to end the game.
Hannah Simpson continued her hot streak going 2-2 with an RBI and a walk drawn in three at-bats. She not only reached base in each at-bat but she scored all three times as well.
Sophomore Lily Hoskins was also hot with two hits in three at-bats while scoring twice and driving in a run.
Senior Taylor Myers was the third Trojan to record multiple hits, going 2-3 with two RBI and a run.
Shay Drish went 1-2 with two walks drawn and a run scored, sister Ashtyn went 1-3 with a walk drawn, a run scored and two RBI while Grace Stever got the ninth Fairfield hit on an RBI single before scoring a run herself.
Sophomore Allison Rebling collected the five-inning shutout victory on four hits and no walks while striking out seven Hawks.
The Trojans showed no mercy in the sequel, batting .609 with a .783 on-base percentage while scoring 13 runs on 13 RBI from 14 hits and four walks in just 23 at-bats over four innings in a shortened 13-1 walloping of Mid-Prairie.
Shortstop Shay Drish went 4-4 with both three RBI and three runs scored, while starting pitcher Ashtyn Drish went 2-3 with a run and two RBI when she wasn?t tossing a two-hit victory where she allowed just one run while striking out two over three innings in the circle.
Simpson, Stever and Hoskins each had two hits while combining for four runs scored, four RBI and a walk drawn in eight ?official? at-bats.
Rebling and Destiny Gridley had the other two hits with each also drawing a walk. Rebling also scored a run while Gridley crossed home twice.
Freshman Bailey Hird pinch-hit and was the other Trojan to get on base when she was walked in her only at-bat. Eighth-grader Brynley Allison pinch ran and scored and Taylor Myers scored a run after being hit-by-pitch to complete the Fairfield stat line.
Quotes from the dugout
?We hit a little bit better than we have been and that started Tuesday night against Mt. Pleasant in the first game against Anni Liechty who pitched well, but we still scored five runs and we?ve struggled to score that much against much lesser pitching.?
?The bottom of the order is starting to hit. We knew the Drishs and Rebling would hit but everyone else is coming around.?
?They came last night excited to begin with and that was before we knew we were going to win and then the winning is contagious. Before that we were 6-11 but now we have a four-game winning streak and a chance to get back over .500 in the next week or so.?
?Our team is getting better and it helps to have Ashtyn pitching some. It gives us more confidence.?
?Rebling has been striking out 10+ a game which wasn?t expected but is definitely accepted.?
?We have tough games Saturday at the Oskaloosa tournament where we play Liberty again and Louisa-Muscatine who is ranked in their class as well. It doesn?t mean we will win the rest of our games, but with our schedule we should compete with everyone.?