MP softball swept by hard-hitting Fairfield team
All three facets of the game were working for the Fairfield softball team, which stretched its win streak to 11 games with a Southeast Conference sweep of Mt. Pleasant at Mapleleaf Athletic Complex on Monday night.
The Trojans won game one 11-0 and took the nightcap 12-0.
“We came out and hit the ball real well tonight,” Fairfield Coach Bob Bradfield said. “We’ve been good off and on, but tonight was one of the best hitting nights we’ve had, all the way through the lineup — all the girls played well.”
The Trojans made a lot of contact, keeping pressure on the Mt. Pleasant fielders — and the Panthers did not respond well to it, committing eight errors over the two games.
The errors left Mt. Pleasant starting pitcher Jena Stukerjurgen with some extra work to do.
“Jena did well for us on the mound, but the team was not backing her up,” Mt. Pleasant Coach Angie Rodgers said. “We have two more SEC doubleheaders this week, and she needed a break.”
Fairfield combined for 18 hits in two games against Stukerjurgen and three Panthers relievers. They were led at the plate by Sydney Burnett and Kenady Waugh, each of whom had four hits on the night. Burnett also scored four runs and stole two bases; Waugh scored three times, knocked in three runs and also stole twice.
“We have to keep hitting the ball like we are,” said Fairfield’s Marissa Repp, who had three hits, including a double, in the doubleheader. “We’re getting more and more hits as the (season) goes on.”
To hit so well against a conference foe was particularly exciting for the Trojans.
“We really feel we have a chance at the conference championship, so we’re really striving for that,” Repp said.
The Panthers didn’t fare as well, managing just six hits in two games. Morgan Fraise had two hits, while Leslie Taylor, Sammi Goble, Ali Dorn and Bailey Johnson had one hit each.
“We didn’t show up at the plate,” Rodgers said. “Last week we hit well, but for some reason, we just couldn’t attack tonight. It’s a mental game; we need to work on mental toughness. We have so much talent and potential on this team, but we didn’t show it tonight.”
The Panthers are now 5-10 overall and 0-4 in the SEC. They host a doubleheader against Ft. Madison tonight (Tuesday) and host another conference opponent, Keokuk, on Thursday. In between, they travel to Wapello for a JV/varsity doubleheader.
Fairfield upped its record to 14-3 (6-2).
“We have to keep playing like we have been,” Bradfield said. “We play Albia on Wednesday, and Albia has given us trouble the last two years — they have a pitcher that gives us trouble, but hopefully we can solve her.”
Fairfield 106 100 3 — 11 10 0
Mt. Pleasant 000 000 0 — 0 4 5
WP — Alli Deao (7-2)
LP — Jena Stukerjurgen (1-6)
Mt. Pleasant — Leslie Taylor: 1-3. Sammi Goble: 1-3. Morgan Fraise: 2-3. Steals — Brianna Shelman.
Fairfield — Sydney Burnett: 2-4, BB, 2 runs. Katie Anderson: 1-5, 2 runs. Kenady Waugh: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, run. Marissa Repp: 1-5, 2B, run. Mackenzie McClure: 1-4, RBI, run. Karley Williams: 1-4, run. Madison Roberts: 0-2, BB, run. Makenna Ledger: 2-4, BB, run. Mackenzie Harwood: 0-4, run. Steals — Anderson (3).
Fairfield 606 — 12 12 0
Mt. Pleasant 000 — 0 2 3
WP — Haley Grunwald (7-1)
LP — Stukerjurgen (1-7)
Mt. Pleasant — Ali Dorn: 1-1. Bailey Johnson, 1-1.
Fairfield — Burnett: 2-3, 2 runs. Waugh: 2-3, RBI, 2 runs. Repp: 2-3, 2 runs. McClure: 0-1, 2 BB, 2 runs. Williams: 1-3, RBI. Harwood: 2-3, 2B, run. Ledger: 1-2, BB, 3 RBI, 2 runs. Makenzie Flattery: 2-3, run.