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July 24, 2013

Early miscues cost Trojans

FAIRFIELD — Fort Madison took advantage of Trojan errors in each of the first two innings to score three unearned runs and then played errorless ball behind pitcher Miles Wentzein to win the Class 3A, District 8 final 3-1 in baseball action Monday night in Fairfield.

As well as Fairfield has played over the final half of the season, the loss was a shock to some and maybe even considered an upset by some.

The Trojans brought a 25-8 record into the game that included a tie for the Southeast conference championship. In that conference action, they had defeated Fort Madison three of the four times they played.

“We’ve really been playing well lately,” said Fairfield coach Josh Allison. “What makes tonight so hard to accept is that we have delivered the timely hit in almost every case for most of the season.”

Spencer Peterman led off the game with a single for Fairfield, but Wentzein struck out the next two hitters to get his game started.

The visiting Bloodhounds scored a run in the bottom of the first. They used an error, a passed ball, a wild pitch, and Jacob Riley’s single to score.

Wentzein struck out the side in the second and quickly recorded the first five of his 10 strikeouts in the contest.

“I’m not sure about his whole season, but he (Wentzein) pitched pretty well against us down there (in Fort Madison),” added Allison.

Fort Madison used its final two hits of the night, a Trojan error, and some heady base running to score the two runs they would need to win the game.

Fort Madison loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the second. Then the Trojans pulled off a double play that quickly registered two outs, but allowed the two runs to score. With the bases loaded, David Guzman flied to right. The runner on third tagged and scored. The runner on first was doubled off to complete the play. The runner on second, after tagging, just kept running around third and scored while the Trojans were completing the double play.

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