Softball swept at home
With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Washington softball team had a chance to erase a two-run deficit to Fairfield with one swing of the bat.
The Demons got the swing from eighth-grader Morgan Brinning, a slow grounder to Fairfield shortstop Kenady Waugh who scooped it up the and prepared to fire it to first for what would have been a close play. Washington’s Grace Redlinger, running from second to third, ran into Waugh, leading to an interference call, ending the first game of a conference doubleheader 6-4.
Fairfield didn’t leave the second game in doubt, as they got the offense rolling early and often en route to a 19-8 victory in six innings over Washington to complete the sweep.
“With two outs and the bases loaded there wasn’t a whole lot to say, just make a play,” Fairfield head coach Bob Bradfield said. “It ended on a strange play with our shortstop being run into, but from our point of view that was something we were glad to see. Otherwise we’d have to make a pretty good play to get that out at first because it wasn’t hit real hard.”
This extends the No. 9 ranked Trojan’s winning streak to 11 games, as they now stand at 18-4, and 9-1 in the conference.
Washington has now dropped six of its last seven games, and has a season record of 8-14 and 4-6 in conference play.
“Getting two wins in the conference against Washington, who has a really good team, is great,” Bradfield said. “It’s been a while since we’ve lost and we just want to keep going.”
In game one, Washington’s Chayse Jaspering led the bottom of the first off with a walk, and came around to score the first run of the game on an RBI double from Ashley Rausch.
Fairfield answered in the third inning as Mackenzie McClure drove in two with a two-out double, followed by a Karley Williams single to drive in McClure.
Washington got a run back in the fourth inning as Kolbi Breard knocked in Redlinger to make it 3-2 Trojans.
In the top of the sixth, Fairfield added two more runs as Williams and Sara Trent crossed the plate, but that was quickly answered by a two-out, two-RBI double from Breard.
An RBI single from Madison Roberts made it 6-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh, where the baserunning error occurred, giving Fairfield the victory.
“We were one hit away and we had a base-running mistake,” Demon head coach Angie Shrader said. “We had the bases loaded and we were right where we want to be in the seventh, and those things happen, but we have to know better and force them to make a play.”
In the second game, Marisa Repp started things off quickly, uncorking a three-run homerun to left field in the top of the first.
Rausch knocked a solo shot of her own to answer in the bottom of the inning, then Fairfield got hot in the second.
A three-run homer by Williams highlighted a five-run inning for the Trojans, but Washington wasn’t willing to go down easily.
The Demons loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half of the inning, and managed to bring five runs across to make it an 8-6 game.
The bats became quiet in the game until the fifth when Fairfield scored four, with Williams knocking in another two runs with a double, and then in the sixth, clinched the 10-run rule with a three-RBI double.
Williams had eight RBIs in the second game, to make it nine on the night.
“In the second game, they were hitting the ball well,” Shrader said. “Our pitchers weren’t getting good strikes, and you can’t have walks and wild pitches. We put some runs on the board, but you can’t spot that many runs to anyone, especially a team of Fairfield’s caliber.”
Fairfield will take part in a tournament at Clear Creek Amana over the weekend, while Washington will play two at home against Mid-Prairie on Wednesday.