FAIRFIELD — With the state’s home run leader in the park on Wednesday for two games, it figured that someone was going to be making a trot around the bases at the Fairfield Softball Diamond.
Before the night was over, two players celebrated home runs at home plate with their teammates. Albia’s Sydney Weldon, however, was not involved in either celebration.
The Class 3A leader in homers with nine on the season was held in the park for 11 innings on Wednesday, narrowly missing her 10th homer of the season in her very first at-bat of the game. Fairfield freshman Sara Trent, however, did not miss her opportunity to experience a home run trot for the first time as Trent won a long sixth-inning battle in game one with Albia pitcher Hannah Isley.
Trent fouled off several 3-2 pitches before launching her first varsity home run deep over the left field fence. Trent added two more hits before the night was over as No. 11 (4A) Fairfield swept the Lady Dees 8-7 and 12-0 in four innings.
“I thought it had gone foul at first,” Trent said of her first varsity homer. “I was trying to watch it after I hit it, but I wanted to focus on getting around first base. About halfway between first and second, I saw the signal from the coaches that it had gone out.”
The homer came at a very important moment for the Trojans, who had just seen a 5-1 lead cut down to 5-4. Albia nearly tied the score in the top of the sixth before Taegen Bossard, who had just cleared the bases with a three-run double, was thrown out at home trying to score on Mary Shepard’s infield single.
Trent continuously fouled off 3-2 pitches from Isley down the left field line. Prior to her home run, Trent sent a deep foul ball out toward the Fairfield hitting cages well beyond the left field fence.