The 10-3 Fairfield varsity baseball team will now have until Sunday morning at 8 a.m. to rest when they play Davis County at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals, after defeating Mid-Prairie 6-4 Tuesday evening on the road at Wellman.
The Golden Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first and plated additional runs in the third and fourth innings before Fairfield finally responded with four scores of their own in the fifth to take a one-run advantage. The home team tied the game at four in the bottom of the sixth, but the Trojans tallied two of their own in the seventh to take a 6-4 non-conference road-win back to Jefferson County.
The Trojans only hit safely four times in 20 official at-bats, fortunately they were able to show their patience as they drew seven walks that created additional opportunities that they were able to capitalize on.
Drew Martin was the only Fairfielder to hit safely twice, going 2-3 with a run scored, although Carter Ferrel was 1-1 with a walk drawn and a run scored, Austin Simpson was 1-2 with a double, two walks and two RBI and Tristin Waugh was 0-2 but walked twice and collected two RBI.
Ferrel started on the mound and threw 16 pitches, allowing one run off one hit with zero walks and a strikeout. Elan Ledger came in and collected the win after five innings and 70 pitches, allowing three runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Cooper Drish earned the save after pitching the seventh and allowing zero runs on just one hit while striking out two and issuing no free passes with 20 efficient pitches.
Sunday at Busch Stadium versus Davis County with first pitch scheduled for 8 a.m. due to the Cardinals hosting the Angels for Sunday Night Baseball featuring the return of Cubs killer/Cardinals hero Albert Pujols.