FORT DODGE — On June 17, the now third-ranked (Class 4A) Fairfield softball team sat at 2-1 after dropping a 1-0 game to Albia, a team that is now No. 1 in the Class 3A field. It’s 40 days later, and the Trojans haven’t lost since.
Fairfield has now won 22 games in a row, the biggest winning streak in the entire class, heading into their state tournament quarterfinal game against sixth-seeded Dallas Center-Grimes.
In that 22-game run, the Trojans have went 14-0 against Southeast Conference opponents, including regional tournament wins over Fort Madison and No. 12 Burlington. They’ve gone 8-0 in the rest of their nonconference slate.
Included in those 22 wins are a handful of wins over ranked teams, and two wins over teams who will be occupying No. 1 seeds this week in Fort Dodge. The Trojans beat No. 1 Carlisle, 7-2, in the Clear Creek-Amana tournament on June 27, and beat up Albia 7-1 in the Ottumwa Classic, handing the Lady Dees their only loss of the season to date.
Senior ace Allison Rebling has went 12-0 to account for just over half of the teams wins during the streak. Freshman Coty engle has won 10 games over the stretch.
Fairfield’s offense has hit double-digits 10 times during the streak, topping out in a 16-4 win at Washington on July 2. The Trojans have shut their opponents out six times, last doing so in a 12-0 skunking of Centerville on July 13.
If the Trojans want to get their hands on a state tournament title, they’ll need get number 23 tonight, number 24 in Wednesday’s semifinals and number 25 in Friday night’s Class 4A state final.
Number 23 in the streak may be the Trojans’ hardest task yet. Fairfield attempts to keep their red-hot run alive against a perennial Class 4A power. DC-G knows a thing or two about streaks as well, winning three-straight state softball titles between 2013-15.
First pitch is set for 5 p.m., in what the Trojans hope to be their 23rd-straight victory. If not, the Trojans will come back home as a state quarterfinalist, but if so, they’ll be two wins away from the magic number 25 and a major place in Fairfield High School history.