FAIRFIELD — The Oskaloosa offense was just too much for the Fairfield baseball team in its final regular season game of the season on Tuesday. The Indians scored 10 runs over the first two innings and defeated the Trojans 11-6.
Oskaloosa used the long ball to its advantage in the first inning. Fairfield starter Carter Ferrel gave up just three hits in the first frame, but two of them were home runs, a solo shot and a two-run homer, both with just one out.
The Trojans scored one run in the first. Ferrel helped his own cause by drawing a hit-by-pitch in the first at-bat of the half-inning and came around to score when Nate Smithburg hit an RBI double to center field. After a one full inning, it was 3-1 Indians.
The two teams traded scoreless innings in the second, but the third inning spelled doom for the Fairfield defense. Oskaloosa batted around the order in the third frame, collecting seven runs to take a commanding 10-1 lead.
Fairfield began to chip away in the middle innings. Matthew Swanson knocked in Cam Ledger with an RBI double in the bottom of the third. Ferrel brought in two more runs on a two-RBI double in the fourth, and the Trojans put up two more in the fifth when Smithburg scored on a wild pitch and Josh Brewington knocked one home on a sacrifice fly to cut the Indian lead to 10-6.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, the offense would stall out after the fifth innings. After spoiling the Trojans’ two-on nobody-out situation in the top of the sixth, Oskaloosa added one in their half of the sixth for the last run of the game.
Ferrel finished the night 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Trojans. Swanson was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Smithburg was 1-for-3 with an RBI. brewington went 0-for-3 with an RBI, and Brad Woodburn was 1-for-2.
Ferrel gave up three earned runs over two innings to take the loss on the mound. Elan Ledger saw most of the work on the mound, going three innings and giving up one earned run. Woodburn allowed six runs (four earned). Wyatt Baker threw one shutout inning, striking out two batters along the way, and Gage Hook gave up one earned run over two-thirds of an inning. Ferrel, Ledger and Hook each had one strikeout.
The Trojan boys finished the regular season 4-16. They will be in Tiffin on Friday for their first round substate game, which takes place at Clear Creek-Amana.