Washington Evening Journal
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FAIRFIELD — It was a tough matchup for the Fairfield boys baseball team on Wednesday as the Trojans welcomed Solon just two days after an eventful split at Washington. The Spartans had too much for the Trojans, knocking them off 12-0.
Fairfield freshman Tallon Bates took the mound and shut the Spartans out in the first inning, but a scoreless Trojan bottom half led to the biggest Spartan frame of the game, a seven-run second, which knocked Bates out of the ballgame early.
Fairfield head coach Josh Allison said although the Spartans got hot in the second, it was good for his young hurler to throw against a talented lineup.
“It’s valuable experience,” Allison said. “Even though it didn’t turn out the way he wanted it to, it’s something to build from.”
Solon added four runs in the second inning and tacked on one insurance run in the fifth.
Three more Trojans would come in to pitch before the night was over. Brody Angstead, Wyatt Baker and Evan Haines each saw time on the mound.
The Fairfield lineup struggled against Solon sophomore Blake Timmons. Timmons no-hit the Trojans through five innings, striking out 10 batters in the process.
Nate Smithburg was the only Trojan to each base. He finished the game 0-for-1 with a walk.
“We had to play pretty clean baseball to be able to hang with those guys," Allison said. "Unfortunately, it didn’t happen tonight, but we’re going to keep working.”