Fort Madison went to the bullpen twice in the fourth inning. Fairfield kept right on rallying with big hits that kept bringing in more runs before a six-run frame completely changed the game as the Trojans pulled within 8-6.
“Now we’re back in the game,” Allison said. “Suddenly it’s a two-run game. Now we’re back in it and that makes them believe even more.”
Fairfield soon enough got the tying run to home plate for the first time all night in the form of Cooksey, who was looking just to put the ball in play and keep the rally going in the fifth. Initially, Cooksey thought that he had done that with a gapper to left.
“Off the bat, I was thinking it was a good double,” Cooksey said.
His coach, however, had bigger hopes
“I was hoping it was going over for a home run,” Allison said.
Allison got his wish. Cooksey’s deep fly landed over the left field fence for a game-tying homer that created a whole new game two, tying the score at 8-8.
“At the beginning of the year, I was struggling with my hitting. I’ve been putting a lot of work into it as the year’s been going along,” Cooksey said. “For whatever reason, I just felt really comfortable up there at that moment. I couldn’t believe we were tied, but then again I could with the kind of team we’ve got this year.”
Fairfield stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, but used spectacular infield defense and a clutch strikeout by Peterman in the seventh to strand Fort Madison’s go-ahead runner at third.
Dimmitt then hit a one-out double and moved to third on an infield single by Peterman. After Gaumer grounded out to second, an 0-1 pitch to Dahlstrom by Miles Wentzein tipped off the catcher’s glove and rolled to the backstop, allowing Dimmitt to run home to score the winning run for Fairfield.