No. 10 Trojans bull past Ft. Madison

Fairfield played without starting second baseman Gridley

Allison Rebling was one of three seniors honored at the Fairfield softball games Monday, a doubleheader sweep of Ft. Madison, 10-2 and 12-0. (Doug Brenneman/Union)
Allison Rebling was one of three seniors honored at the Fairfield softball games Monday, a doubleheader sweep of Ft. Madison, 10-2 and 12-0. (Doug Brenneman/Union)

FAIRFIELD — There are many instances when timing is everything. In many areas of life and especially in sports, timing is crucial.

Fairfield’s Destiney Gridley was on the wrong side of time Sunday night when the vehicle she was riding in crashed into a bull. Gridley and the driver of the car went to the emergency room and both are sore but OK.

Timing was on the Fairfield softball team’s side as they did not need Gridley in a 10-2 and 12-0 sweep of Fort Madison Monday.

Saturday, time also favored the Trojans, the 10th-ranked softball team in Class 4A, when they took down top-ranked Carlisle in a tournament.

“They threw their No. 2 pitcher to start and then brought in their No. 1 and I think we hit better off of her,” Fairfield head coach Bob Bradfield said of the Carlisle game. “She is good but not as good as Jenna Lawrence of Albia.”

The Trojans only loss is at Albia.

Fairfield (12-1 overall) and Ft. Madison (6-5) were both 4-0 in the Southeast Conference before Monday’s sweep.

Timing was not on Fairfield pitcher Allison Rebling’s side when a batted ball slammed into her knee with two out in the third inning of the opener, but she finished the game with 10 strikeouts, two walks and six hits allowed.

“This wasn’t Allison’s best game,” Bradfield said. “I think she was tired from our games Saturday. This was a bad game for her, which was good because we got the win.”

it is said the mark of a good team is when it can triumph when it doesn’t play its best.

Coty Engle pitched all three innings to get the win in the second game and gave up two hits.

Danielle Breen was Fairfield’s leading hitter, going 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and 4-for-4 in on base percentage batting in the No. 9 slot in the opener. Breen batted second in the nightcap as Rebling, who usually bats second, rested her knee. Breen had a sacrifice, a walk and an RBI-single.

“The bottom of the order did great for us in both games,” Bradfield said.

Eight of the nine batters had a hit in the opener and all reached base at least twice. Luckily the Trojans were okay without Gridley.

“Destiny has done a great job for us defensively,” Bradfield said. “She’s a really good second baseman even though she doesn’t look like a second baseman. She snagged a line drive in the Washington game when she jump higher than I ever saw her jump during a basketball game.”

The wreck may not have happened as Fairfield County Deputy Rusty Simpson was already on his way to investigate an animal on the highway because someone had reported it.

“If he had got there sooner, it might have been avoided,” Bradfield said. “I guess someone left a gate open. She was with her boyfriend and it was out by Lockridge. Apparently a bull got out of its pasture and was on the road.”

A bull can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. It was after dark so they didn’t see it and ran into it. It killed the bull and did a lot of damage to their vehicle. The airbags went off. She could not get out her side of the car and had to crawl across to the driver’s side to get out. They both went to the emergency room but neither one of them had to stay in the hospital.

“She has a sore neck and a few other bruises,” Bradfield said. “I texted her earlier (Monday) and she was thinking about playing (Monday night). She thought after she rested up, she should be OK to play. She texted me later and said she should probably better sit out since we have games Thursday and Friday.”