“I’m kind of glad Ottumwa put a little bit of pressure on us,” Allison said. “Hopefully we can learn from that and learn that we’ve got to be playing hard the whole time.”
Fairfield put the game away in the sixth, scoring three times in a lengthy inning. Run-scoring hits by Baumann and pinch-hitter Cody Craff helped open a 6-1 lead for the sixth-ranked Trojans.
“We’ve had a lot of these guys that have been playing for us for a couple of years,” Allison said. “There’s only a couple of guys on our squad that don’t have a lot of varsity experience. We were hoping that experience would pay off and, so far this year, it has.”
Fairfield (4-1) made their long-awaited Southeast Conference opener against a Fort Madison team that battled the Trojans for the title last year and beat the Trojans in the Class 3A district finals. The Trojans also host a big non-conference area doubleheader Wednesday against Centerville.
“We’re just looking to keep on moving up,” Gridley said.
Ottumwa (1-5) also made their conference debut on Monday with a road CIML Metro matinee at Des Moines Lincoln. The Bulldogs are back in Metro action at Des Moines Hoover this evening at 5 p.m.
“We’ve got to minimize big innings and take advantage of opportunities at the plate,” Jaeger said. “We need to play 100 percent. Go all out and if you make an error, so be it. We just can’t be complacent out there.”
“I know that our guys can play hard. It’s a mystery why they are playing so complacent. Hopefully that will chance as we get into conference play.”
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No. 6 (3A) Fairfield 6, Ottumwa 1