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June 28, 2013

Trojans cool off Comets in sweep

FAIRFIELD – It wasn’t the most comfortable start to a day at the softball diamond for Bob Bradfield.

As he got his team prepared for their doubleheader Wednesday with Cardinal, the heat and humidity of the day was starting to get to the Fairfield head softball coach.

“I was sweating throughout all the pregame stuff,” Bradfield said. “Hitting some groundballs, getting stuff ready, I just couldn’t quit (sweating). It was getting into my eyes and my glasses were fogging over with sweat.”

“Outside of that….”

Bradfield didn’t have too much to sweat about once things got going Wednesday between the Trojans and the Comets at the Fairfield Summer Sports softball diamond. Lead-off hitter Sydney Burnett set the tone for what would a dominant evening for herself and her teammates, dropping the first pitch she saw from Lexi Fullenkamp over the head of third baseman Delaney Ridgway for a game-opening leadoff double.

It would be the first of four hits for Burnett on the night, including one of three doubles. The infield extra-base hit led off a five-run opening inning as Fairfield led from start to finish in a sweep of Cardinal, winning 7-0 in game one and 4-0 in the nightcap.

“The key thing was our pitchers threw strikes and we played great defense behind them,” Bradfield said. “Usually, when you do those two things really well, you’ll have an excellent chance to win.”

Both Fairfield pitchers were given more than enough cushion to work with by their offense. Alli Deao and Haley Grunwald finished the night tossing matching four-hit shutouts for the Trojans, limiting the Comets to a handful of scoring chances.

Cardinal did have opportunities to get on the scoreboard, and potentially garner at least a split, in the doubleheader by putting runners on base in nine different innings. Each time, however, both Deao and Grunwald responded by getting the next Comet hitters to record outs.

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