The Ottumwa Courier


July 24, 2013

Early miscues cost Trojans


That would be it for the Bloodhound offensive output. The Trojan pitching staff allowed no hits and only four base runners the rest of the game. All three Fairfield pitchers combined for a strong pitching line. Starter Austin Gridley along with relievers Ryan Gaumer and Peterman only allowed three hits and no earned runs in the loss.

The Trojans threatened in the top of the third. Jordan Reid led off with a single and Joseph Hietpas’ two-out hit put runners on first and second.

In the bottom of the inning, Fairfield overcame its third error and a walk by turning a 6-4-3 double play to keep the visitors from added more runs.

Each team went down in order in the fourth. Then came a critical part of the game for the Trojans. In the top of the fifth, Fairfield almost got to Wentzein. He threw eight consecutive balls to walk the first two Trojans. Narendra Martin then drilled a double to deep center field to score one. The next two Fairfield hitters struck out and, after issuing his third walk of the inning, Wentzein retired the next hitter on a routine ground out to first.

The Trojans quickly shook off the effects of the top of the inning as Gaumer and his defense needed only six pitches to retire the Bloodhounds. The boost was short lived as Wentzein returned the favor by retiring the Trojans in order in the sixth.

“We had a couple of parts of our line-up just not get it done tonight,” said Allison. “It’s too bad, because they have been solid all year.”

Fort Madison wasted a lead-off walk in the sixth. Peterman, on in relief, struck out two hitters and the Bloodhounds left the runner stranded at third.

The Trojans threatened in their final at-bat, using back-to-back two-out walks to get runners on. But then, just as the big, bright, orange full moon rose over the trees adjoining the field, the Trojan hopes for a district championship sunk as Wentzein recorded his 10th strikeout to end the game.

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