Trojans take share of Southeast Conference title

Kosta Papazogolou (17), seen here being congratulated by head coach Josh Allison (19), singled in Drew Martin and Carter Ferrel with no one out in the seventh to give the Fairfield baseball team a 4-3 win over Mount Pleasant on Monday to earn a share of the Southeast Conference championship. Papazogolou picked up the win on the mound, allowing two unearned runs on seven hits and striking out five.

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield High School softball team won the second game of a doubleheader against 12th-ranked (Class 4A) Mount Pleasant to claim the outright Southeast Conference title by a game over the Panthers at Fairfield Middle School.

The Trojans (20-15, 13-3 SEC) scored twice with no one out in the bottom of the sixth inning and held off the Panthers 3-2 in the second game. Mount Pleasant won the opener 5-1.

Destiny Gridley drove in a pair of runs in the second game, while Hannah Simpson scored twice as the Trojans erased an early 2-0 deficit.

Coty Engle allowed one earned run over seven innings and struck out two as the teams split their four meetings this season.

Mount Pleasant's four-run seventh inning broke a 1-1 tie as the Panthers picked up the win. Engle tied the game in the sixth on a double and two-base error.

Allison Rebling took the loss, allowing five runs on just two hits with eight strikeouts and seven walks.

Fairfield hosts Class 3A No. 7 Albia Tuesday.

No. 7 Albia 10, Wayne 0 (5)

ALBIA — The Class 3A No. 7 Lady Dees scored in every inning in a run-rule victory at the Monroe County Sports Complex, running their winning streak to 15 games.

Alex Beard was 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, while Mackenna Jones also drove in a pair of runs.

Jena Lawrence had two hits at the plate, and allowed just two hits in the pitcher's circle, striking out four in five innings.

No. 8 Lynnville-Sully 6, EBF 2

SULLY — The Rockets opened the scoring with both of their runs in the first inning, but the Class 1A No. 8 Hawks scored in each of the first three innings of a nonconference win.

Rylee German reached on an error to score a run, then Faith Roberts added a sacrifice fly for the early 2-0 lead.

Lynnville-Sullly scored a run in each of the first three innings, taking a 3-2 lead on Janelle Rozendaal's RBI single. The Hawks then scored three runs in the later innings for the win.

Peyton Deevers took the loss for the Rockets, allowing three earned runs in six innings. Six of the eight runs allowed by both teams were unearned.

Pekin 9-16, Montezuma 3-1

PACKWOOD — The Panthers' offense broke out as Pekin claimed a nonconference sweep of the Braves at Pekin High School.

In the opener, the Panthers scored five runs in the opening inning, then four more in the sixth as Montezuma got close.

Faith Goudy drove in two runs and struck out five hitters in earning the win, while Emilee Linder and Zoey Wright scored two runs apiece.

The second game lasted three innings, with Emi Zook driving in three runs and Sami Greiner bringing in a pair. Erika Coleman scored three runs.

Kylie Davis allowed no earned runs and struck out three in getting the victory.


Fairfield 3-5, Mount Pleasant 2-6

FAIRFIELD — The Trojans and Panthers split a pair of one-run games, and finished tied for the Southeast Conference crown at Fairfield Middle School.

The Trojans earned a last at-bat win in the opener, as Kosta Papazogolou singled in Drew Martin and Carter Ferrel with no one out in the seventh.

In the second game, Mount Pleasant built a 5-0 lead through 5 1/2 innings before the Trojans tied it with all their runs in the bottom of the sixth. Tristin Waugh doubled in two runs to make it 5-3, then Caden Jones hit a two-out single to bring in Austin Simpson and Waugh to tie the game.

Mount Pleasant broke the tie in the seventh on an RBI ground out by Jaxon Hoyle.

Papazogolou picked up the win in the first game, allowing two unearned runs on seven hits and striking out five.

Jones took the loss in relief in the second game, tossing four innings and allowing two runs.

EBF 10, Lynnville-Sully 0 (5)

SULLY — Adam LaRue tossed a three-hitter, while Kendal Durst and Jared McCrea had three hits apiece as the Rockets claimed a nonconference road win.

McCrea drove in four runs, while Wyatt Klyn had a pair of RBIs. LaReu struck out three and walked two over five innings.

EBF (17-9) visits Woodward-Granger Wednesday.