FAIRFIELD —The Chariton Chargers traveled to Fairfield Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader. After just short of five hours of baseball action, Chariton had a sweep of the Trojans with wins of 4-3 in nine innings and 15-7.
The games were as different as could be. Game one was a thriller that featured both starting pitchers going deep into the game and a late solo home run by Jordan Baughman that made the difference.
Game two saw the teams combine for 22 runs, 27 hits, 11 errors and eight pitchers used.
The visitors scored first in the first game without a base hit in first inning. A Trojan error, the only one for Fairfield in the extra-inning tilt, caused the run to be unearned.
”We have played really strong defense this whole season,” said Fairfield coach Josh Allison.
The Trojans wasted a great scoring chance in the bottom of the opening inning after back-to-back singles by Joe Hietpas and Mason Ellis. These top two hitters in the Fairfield line-up combined for seven of the 10 Trojan hits in game one with Hietpas collecting four and Ellis garnering three.
After the next hitter reached on an error to load the bases with no outs, a fly out to center and a sharp line drive to third turned into a double play to allow Chariton and starting pitcher Brett Braida to escape.
”A hit in that situation changes the momentum entirely,” said Allison. “In a tight game, that might have made a big difference.”
Fairfield starting pitcher, Ryan Gaumer, settled in and over the next four innings only allowed two Charger base-runners. He would pitch eight plus innings in the contest.
”He’s a big strong guy and can handle a higher pitch count,” added Allison. “He’s capable of being pretty good like he was (Tuesday).