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June 23, 2014

Trojan offense overpowers Albia

FAIRFIELD — The seventh-ranked (3A) Fairfield Trojans flexed their offensive muscles in the doubleheader sweep of Albia. They banged out 22 hits on the way to the 14-4 and 12-3 wins in non-conference baseball action in Fairfield.

The rain, that has been a pain as teams tried to play their scheduled games, had an effect on both teams. Due to rainouts being added to their week, the Blue Demons were playing their seventh and eighth games of the week with two more to go on Saturday in the Saydel tournament. They just flat ran out of pitching.

On the other hand, a Thursday night rainout against Knoxville gave the Trojans a chance to have the pitchers they needed.

Fairfield took the lead in the bottom of the opening inning. Narendra Martin, who had a huge doubleheader, singled to start the rally. Cooper Dahlstrom singled in a run before two Albia errors contributed to the second.

The third scored on a Mason Ellis hit. Martin and Ellis would each have three hits and a pair of RBIs in the first game.

Fairfield starting pitcher Austin Gridley followed up his 1-2-3 first with another in the second. He recorded four strikeouts in the first two innings. He would pick up the win on the mound.

The Trojans added three runs in the second. Martin and Ellis would each have their second hits in the inning. Fairfield didn't have a long ball in the doubleheader, but they hit line drive after line drive.

“Our hitting has been a plus for us most of the season,” said Fairfield coach Josh Allison. “We got a lot of big two-out hits.”

“We made a few errors and they took advantage of every one,” added Albia coach Boyd Brittain. “They hit the ball hard all night.”

Albia scored an unearned run in the third after Vic Sanders and Austin O'Leary had singled. Fairfield went up 9-1 after three before Albia cut the lead to 9-4 with a three-run fourth.

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