Waugh wills Trojans to win

The Fairfield baseball team improved to 22-5 overall with an 8-6 non-conference road win Friday night against Clear Creek-Amana.

The Trojans took a 1-0 lead in their first at-bat when junior Austin Simpson singled home the game?s first run, but the Clippers responded with a score of their own to knot the game at 1-1 after the opening frame of play.

Both teams failed to score again until the top of the fourth when Hunter Drish, Kosta Papazoglou and Hunter Hoskins each had an RBI in the inning to make it 4-1 visitors.

Unfortunately, the Clippers came back with four scores and gained their first lead 4-3 when Ogden, Wolfe, Young and Armstrong rallied the home team with an RBI each in the home half of the inning.

The scoring stopped again in the fifth a frame before Tristin Waugh roped a dope 1-1 pitch for a two-run homer that swung ?Big Mo? back in Fairfield?s favor and gave the Trojans a 6-5 advantage.

Another two runs in the top of the seventh made it 8-5 and although Fairfield allowed a run in the bottom of the inning, Papazoglou came in for two-thirds of an inning and collected the save in just 22 pitches.

James Lyman started the game for the Trojans and went 3 1/3, throwing 48 pitches and allowing five runs on eight hits. Caden Jones pitched the next three innings and tossed 45 throws, allowing one run on five hits while grabbing the victory.

Papazoglou allowed just one hit and surrendered zero runs while striking out a batter in his short but effective appearance.

Kosta and Jimmy Kurka each had multiple hits to lead Fairfield offensively and Jimmy and Hunter Drish each had two stolen bases as well.

The Trojans did not commit a single error and Austin Simpson had the most chances in the field with eight.

Tonight the team will travel to Mt. Pleasant for a key Southeast Conference doubleheader versus the Panthers before hosting Iowa City Liberty Tuesday night at the middle school fields.