“One of the keys was that they were able to bunch their hits to score runs,” said Bradfield. “The hit totals were nearly the same but their pitcher (Olson) really controlled our hitters for most of the game.”
The five Winterset runs already on the board would prove to be enough, but they greeted Trojan relief pitcher Haley Grundwald with two fourth-inning runs. Again, the Huskies bunched three hits and a sacrifice fly to score the runs.
“We made the switch with our pitchers because we wanted to give them a different look to keep them from getting too many good swings,” said Bradfield. “There is a little change of speed and different use of the change-up between Alli and Haley.”
After the fourth, Grunwald and her defense would blank Winterset in the fifth and sixth.
The Trojans wasted a lead-off single by Madison Roberts in the fifth but in the sixth, were able to use two hits to score the second and final run of the game. Anderson had her second double of the game to lead off the sixth. Mackenzie McClure’s two-out single scored the run.
Fairfield threatened in the seventh with two one-out base runners. Pinch hitter Kelsey Roberts drew a walk. Mackenzie Harwood followed with a single but the runners were left stranded.
“Winterset is definitely one of the top two or three teams we’ve played this summer,” added Bradfield. “We knew we’d have to be playing the best we have all summer to win. I think, as far as hitting goes, these last two games we’ve hit the ball really well and been solid otherwise.”
Fairfield (30-12), with only two seniors, will look to be in the same position next season. Hopefully with different results. No. 7 Winterset (33-8) will open the Class 4A State Softball Tournament on Tuesday afternoon facing defending 4A state champ, fifth-ranked Indianola (32-9) on Diamond 2 at 1:30 p.m.