FAIRFIELD – Believe.
It would have been a hard thing to do for Fairfield baseball fans late Wednesday night after what they had been witnessing for the first 10 innings of the Trojans pivotal Southeast Conference doubleheader with Fort Madison.
Having already been shut out by the Bloodhounds 2-0 in game one and down 8-0 midway through game two, it was hard to believe Fairfield would find a way to end the night with the same share of the conference lead they held with Fort Madison at the start.
It was at that point the Trojans came together and rallied around the one word that has bonded them all season.
“What we break to (after every huddle) is believe,” Fairfield senior Josh Dimmitt said. “That really emphasized believing that we could come back. It just started for us from within.”
Whatever was needed to change the momentum of the game around, the Trojan players were willing to try it in order to salvage a split and maintain a share of the conference lead. Even if it meant going to some old-school late-inning tactics a little early in the dugout.
“We started putting some rally caps in the fourth inning,” Dimmitt said. “Whatever it was going to take. We started having these little meetings. We were not going to leave here without that share of first place.”
Nine unanswered runs over the next four innings later, Fairfield is right back where they started Wednesday night. The Trojans used six runs in the fourth inning to start the rally, a two-run home run by Tyler Cooksey to completely catch up and a walk-off run in the bottom of the seventh scored by Dimmitt on a wild pitch with two outs to complete an incredible comeback as Fairfield’s belief in their ability led to a well-earned split with Fort Madison thanks to a 9-8 win late Wednesday night at the Fairfield Summer Sports Complex.