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(7/25) Some Notes On 1979 Fairfield Baseball Team

Long time coach and teacher Mike Schenck was an assistant for head coach Jim Peterson on the Fairfield High School baseball team that advanced to the state tournament in 1979. When asked about some of the top players that season, Schenck mentioned Shannon McWhirter as the top pitcher. Other names that came to his mind were Kevin Daugherty, Perry Grant along with Steve Heston. Barry Ledger and his family also mentioned Bob Anderson, Bob Bowman, Steve Copeland, Rusty Dimmitt, Rory Eubanks, Dave Gevock, J.D. Horton, Geoff Hutton, Steve Kramer, Ed Ledger and Eric Ledger as being on the squad.

The Trojans lost the first round state game to host Dowling 5-2 with Heston pitching. They were in the larger of 2 classes and qualified for state after beating Davis County, rated Ottumwa, Knoxville and number one ranked undefeated Grinnell on the road when Daugherty ripped a walk off homer. The 2nd Fairfield state tournament baseball game in school history is Tuesday night at 8 when the 5th ranked 30 and 7 Trojans meet 22 and 14 Dallas Center Grimes. Plan to be at Des Moines but if you can't make it the contest will be broadcast live on FM95.9, Classic 96.

(7/24) Joseph Hietpas Of Fairfield Chosen SEC Baseball MVP

Southeast Conference baseball coaches announced their All-Conference selections for the 2014 season and senior pitcher Joseph Hietpas of league champion Fairfield was named the Most Valuable Player. Other Trojans joining him on the 1st Team included:
Infielder Mason Ellis
and Austin Gridley in the outfield
Sophomore infielder Jordan Reid
and freshman pitcher Cameron Baumann

Making the 2nd Team were:
Pitcher Wyatt Stark
Kooper Dahlstrom as an outfielder
and Micah Harris a utility player
Also Junior infielder Narendra Martin
and sohomore Alex Crile on the infield

(7/24) Fairfield Advances To State In Baseball

The 5th ranked Fairfield High School baseball team took a 9 inning 2-1 Class 3A substate final win over number 7 Centerville last night. Joseph Hietpas fired a 2 hitter that included 17 strikeouts. Jordan Reid provided the only 2 Trojan hits, ending up 2 of 3. Narendra Martin scored both runs, the first when Kooper Dahlstrom drew a bases loaded walk with 2 outs during the 3rd inning. He then struck out leading off the bottom of the 9th but reached first when the a throw by the catcher was wide after retrieving a wild pitch. With Alex Crile batting and trying to bunt the Big Red pitcher made a wild throw trying to pick Martin off first. He raced to 2nd and was heading to 3rd when the right fielder picked up the ball and made a throw that got past the 3rd baseman allowing Martin to cross the plate and set off a celebration.

The 30 and 7 Trojans are the number 3 seed for the 3A state tournament. They open against 6th seeded 22 and 14 Dallas Center Grimes Tuesday night at 8. The competition takes place in Principal Park at Des Moines, the home of the Iowa Cubs. The other Class 3A qualifiers include

(7/24) Fairfield State Baseball Tee Shirts On Sale

Fans can buy Fairfield state baseball t-shirts at this time. The short sleeved shirts are orange with a front and back logo and cost 10 dollars each. Orders must be placed by 8:30 tomorrow (Friday) morning. Shirts will be delivered to the Activities Office on Monday. Orders can be emailed to Jeff.Courtright@fairfieldsfuture.org.

The school district will be offering a pep bus to Des Moines for the opening round state tournament game that starts at 8 Tuesday night. They will need at least 25 people to sign up for the bus in order to make it happen. The cost is only 3 dollars not including the price of admission. The bus will leave from in front of the HS at 5 on Tuesday afternoon.  Email Jeff.Courtright@fairfieldsfuture.org
 if you are wanting to sign up

(7/24) Ottumwa Falls To WDM Valley In Baseball

The Ottumwa baseball team dropped a 2-0 Class 4A substate final home game to West Des Moines Valley last night. Steven Wilson pitched all 7 innings, totaled 4 strikeouts, allowed just 4 hits and no earned runs. He also went 1 of 2 at the plate. The other hit came from Curtis Schneckloth going 1 of 3. The Bulldogs finish the season 25 and 16 after starting 1 and 6. The 24 and 16 Tigers advance to the state tournament next week.

(7/24) Correction-Fairfield Football Field May Be Named Pearl Smith Field

A correction on an earlier story-the Fairfield School board Monday was presented with a recommendation from Activities Director Jeff Courtright to name the football field at Trojan Stadium Pearl Smith Field. The board did not approve the proposal as reported, instead wanting more community input before acting on it. Courtright said that Smith is a Fairfield graduate that went on to become a very successful teacher, coach and administrator in the Fairfield Community School district. His high school football teams were a dominating force in the 1970's and 80's with many playoff appearances. It went on to mention that Smith was known as a coach that brought people and the community together and did so using the power of positive reinforcement. The Trojans first home game this season will be with Albia on Friday September 5th. They open on the road at Davis County August 29th.

(7/23) Garrett Saunders Of Van Buren Is SEISC South Baseball Player Of The Year

Southeast Iowa Superconference baseball All-Conference selections have been announced for the 2014 season and Van Buren junior shortstop/pitcher Garrett Saunders was named the South Division Player of the Year. Other Warriors joining him on the 1st Team list included:
Senior infielder Robby Laughlin
Juniors Braxton Bainbridge as a pitcher
and outfielder Brandon Plecker
Pitcher Robert Barker
and Tyson Sprouse as a utlity player
Making the South Division 1st Team from Cardinal:
Senior Connor McElderry on the infield
and junior catcher Cody Streeby 

Pekin players on the North Division 1st Team list were:
Infielder Kolby Allsup  
and Cade Millikin as a utility player
Junior catcher Cole Reighard
and sophomore outfielder Keaton Winn

The 2nd Team All-Conference picks from the area featured

(7/23) Lone Tree Baseball Team Advances to State

Substate final baseball scores of interest last night featured:
Class 1A
Lone Tree 2 Burlington Notre Dame 1
Top ranked host Twin Cedars 10 North Mahaska 0 (6 innings)
Class 2A
North Polk 11 Albia 0 (5 innings)
Iowa City Regina 11 Louisa-Muscatine 1 (6 innings)
Each winner advances to the state tournament in Des Moines

(7/22) Fairfield Nips Oskaloosa In District Baseball

The 5th ranked Fairfield baseball team took a 5-4 Class 3A district championship home game against Oskaloosa last night. Austin Gridley paced the 7 hit offense going 3 of 3 and ripped a double. Kooper Dahlstrom was 2 of 3 and drove in 2 runs including the game winner that broke a tie at 2 during the bottom of the 7th. Alex Crile finished 1 of 3. Winning pitcher Joseph Hietpas went the last 2 2/3 innings, totaled 5 strikeouts, allowed 2 hits and 2 runs, one of them earned. Starter Cam Baumann worked 4 and a third innings, fanned 4 batters, gave up 3 hits and 2 runs.

The 29 and 7 Trojans takne 12 of the last 13 games including 10 straight. They host the substate final with 30 and 7 Centerville tomorrow night at 7 with the winner advancing to state next Tuesday.

(7/22) SEISC All-Conference Softball Selections

Area girls named 1st Team All-Conference in the Southeast Iowa Superconference for the 2014 season were:
South Division
Senior outfielder Schylar Conger
Junior infielder Danae Moses
Sophomores Lindsey Davis on the infield and Shelby Smith as a utlility player
Van Buren
Sophomore infielder Taylor Murguia

North Division
Junior Maddy Baker a utility player

2nd Team:

(7/22) Washington Topped In District Baseball

The Class 3A district championship baseball scores of area interest last night featured:
Host Solon 7 Washington 5
Centerville 11 Keokuk 1 (5 innings) at Centerville
Pella 8 Saydel 3 in Saydel

Class 4A substate semifinal
West Des Moines Valley 8 Des Moines Hoover 2 the 23-16 Tigers visit 25 and 15 Ottumwa for the substate championship game tomorrow night at 7 (the Bulldogs swept a DH 16-6 in 6 innings and 5-4 on June 12th)
Burlington 5 Cedar Rapids Jefferson 1

(7/21) Fairfield Baseball Team Rips Fort Madison

Class 3A 5th rated Fairfield blasted Fort Madison 11-1 in a 5 inning district opening baseball game Friday evening. Wyatt Stark pitched a 3 hitter, fanning 4 batters. Jordan Reid ended up 2 of 4 with a double and scored 3 runs. Justin Leonard went 1 of 1 and drove in 2 runs. Alex Crile finished 1 of 2 nailing a double and crossed the plate 3 times. Narendra Martin was 1 of 2, stole 2 bases and scored twice. Joseph Hietpas went 1 of 2. Mason Ellis contributed a double in 3 at bats and had 2 runs batted in as they totaled 8 hits.

The 28 and 7 Trojans host the district final with 17 and 17 Oskaloosa tonight at 7 and it will be broadcast live on FM95.9, Classic 96. The Indians defeated Mount Pleasant 4-0 earlier Friday in Fairfield. The winner will advance to the substate contest Wednesday at a site to be determined. The opponent will be 7th ranked Centerville or Keokuk. They are playing at Centerville this evening

(7/21) Ottumwa Tops Indianola In Baseball

The Ottumwa baseball team took a 2-0 Class 4A substate first round home win over Indianola Friday evening. Steven Wilson fired a 7 inning 2 hitter that included 4 strikeouts. The 5 hit offense featured Spencer Nelson finishing 1 of 1. Chris Peden went 1 of 2, ripping a double. Spencer Fuller was 1 of 2. Curtis Schneckloth and Chase Wood were both 1 of 3.

The Bulldogs are now 25 and 15. They host the substate final Wednesday night at 7 against the winner of a game tonight that has 15 and 24 Des Moines Hoover visiting 22 and 16 West Des Moines Valley. Hoover stunned 5th ranked Des Moines East 8-3 Friday while Valley blanked Des Moines Lincoln 9-0.

(7/21) Sydney Burnett Selected Fairfield Softball MVP

Fairfield varsity softball team awards for the 2014 season were announced Friday and senior centerfielder Sydney Burnett was voted the Most Valuable Player. The Senior award went to Marisa Repp. Receiving Golden Glove honors were 3rd baseman Mackenzize McClure and catcher/1st baseman Karley Williams, both juniors. The Coaches award was presented to junior Madison Roberts. Co Rookies of the Year included freshmen Brynna Bowman, Sara Trent and Kaylee Watson. 

(7/21) Sydney Burnett And Marisa Repp Are All-District Softball Players

The Iowa Softball Coaches Association All-District players from the area for the 2014 season include:
Southeast Iowa Class 4A 
Fairfield seniors Sydney Burnett and Marisa Repp
The Trojans Bob Bradfield was voted the district coach of the year
Class 2A Southeast Iowa
Madelyn Baker of Pekin
and Cardinal's Lindsey Davis, each a junior
Class 5A West District 
Ottumwa juniors Kassidi Henderson
and Ashlyn Thompson

(7/21) Van Buren Baseball Team Is Upset By BND

Class 1A 3rd rated Van Buren came up short 7-6 in a district final contest with Burlington Notre Dame at Danville Saturday evening. Garrett Saunders paced the 5 hit offense finishing 2 of 3 and drove in 2 runs. Noah Whitten was 1 of 2, ripping a double. Will Mertens went 1 of 3 with a double and 2 runs batted in. Starter Saunders pitched 1 2/3 innings, had 2 strikeouts, gave up 2 hits, 4 runs, all unearned and got the loss. Tyson Sprouse went the final 5 and a third innings, fanned 8 batters, allowed 4 hits and 3 runs, 2 of them earned.

The Warriors complete an outstanding 33 and 3 season. The seniors were Austin Fett, Thomas Fitzsimmons, Robby Laughlin and Tanner Smith.

(7/21) Pekin Defeated In District Baseball

The Pekin varsity baseball team lost a 5-0 Class 1A district championship game against host North Mahaska Saturday evening at New Sharon. Kolby Allsup and Cade Millikin both were 1 of 2. Cole Reighard went 1 of 3 as they totaled 3 hits. Starter Keaton Winn took the loss throwing 5 innings, had 7 strikeouts, allowed 4 hits and 2 runs. Zach Sloan worked the last 2 innings, fanned 2 batters, gave up 2 hits and 3 runs. Seniors on the Panther roster included Petie Clubb, Jaydan Nicholson, Allsup and Sloan. They ended up 20 and 5 this year.

(7/21) Davis County Baseball Team Topped By Albia

Davis County fell to Albia 6-0 in Class 2A district championship baseball at Eddyville Saturday night. Their 2 hits came from Mathew Hopkins going 1 of 2 and Connor Young 1 of 3. Starting pitcher Jacob Jones was charged with the loss. The Mustangs finish the season 13 and 20.

(7/21) Milton Lions Plan to Host Baseball At Keosauqua

The Milton Lions Club is sponsoring a baseball tournament August 9th and 10th on the Van Buren High School field at Keosauqua. This is replacing the mens fast pitch softball competition they have had for over 40 years. It is open to anyone at least 16 years old with a limit of 8 teams. The deadline to sign up is July 28th. To enter or for more information call Mark Garrett at 641-656-4411.

(7/1) Fairfield Little Leaguer Selected for All American Team

A Fairfield Little Leaguer is among 15 baseball players selected to represent the Mid-West Division of the USSSA All American Baseball Team this summer. Josh Brewington of Batavia was selected after trying out earlier in June at what officials call a typical “pro-style” tryout. Tryouts include timed 60 yard runs, Infield and outfield throwing test for speed and accuracy along with