By ROGER THOMAS
FAIRFIELD – The Fairfield Trojans defeated Mt. Pleasant for the fifth time this season Thursday night in Fairfield. The 8-4, Class 4A, Region 6 quarterfinal win sends them to the regional semifinals Saturday night in Oskaloosa against the 23-10 Indians. Fairfield is 29-11 after the win.
The visitors surprised the Trojans with four hits and two runs in the first. Leslie Taylor led off with a single, but the real rally started with two outs. An RBI double by Sammi Goble scored Taylor and Jena Stukerjurgen singled to score Goble. The Panthers added one more hit before they were retired.
The game’s turning point happened in the top of the second. The Trojans answered with four runs and took the lead they would never relinquish. Marisa Repp opened with a single and after a Panther error, Trojan designated hitter Madison Roberts delivered a two-RBI single. Mackenzie Flattery kept the inning going with a two-out double.
Katie Anderson and Kenady Waugh would have the other two RBIs.
“The fact that we answered right away was key,” said Fairfield coach Bob Bradfield. “At times this season, we have struggled after giving up a couple of early runs.”
The Trojans went up 6-2 in the top of the third. Mackenzie McClure doubled off the fence in left and then Roberts had her second big hit in as many at bats. With one out, she hit a two-run home run to right center.
“I’ve always been a DH and it feels normal to me,” said Roberts. “I really try and use plenty of swings in the on deck circle to get loose and then I just look for a pitch to hit.”
The Trojans added single runs in the fourth and fifth. McClure’s second hit, an RBI single put Fairfield up 7-2 in the fourth. Flattery’s second hit, an RBI single made it 8-2 heading to the bottom of the fifth.