Trojans clobber Chiefs in final SEC games

KEOKUK — The Fairfield baseball team ended their 2020 Southeast Conference schedule on a good note Monday night when they swept Keokuk in a pair of road games. The Trojans shut the Chiefs out 6-0 in Game 1, and exploded in Game 2 to win 17-6 in five innings.

Elan Ledger threw a gem in Game 1, holding Keokuk scoreless for six innings. He gave up four hits and one walk, while striking out three. Josh Brewington also threw one no-hit inning.

Drew Martin led the Fairfield offense, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a double and two RBIs. Ledger and Brad Smithburg each finished 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Game 2 was tied 2-2 after two innings, but the Trojans rattled the bats in the middle innings. Fairfield put up five runs in the third and nine in the fourth to take a commanding 16-2 lead. Keokuk responded with a four-spot in the fourth, but Fairfield tacked on another run in the fifth and held the Chiefs in the final half inning to take the win via the 10-run rule.

Smithburg picked up the win in Game 2, giving up two earned runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batter over three innings. He struck out four. Brewington and Carter Ferrel also saw time on the mound.

Max Weaton went 1-for-2 with a double and three RBIs in Game 2. Martin was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Gage Hook went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Nate Smithburg was 1-for-2 with two RBIs. E. Ledger, B. Smithburg and Cam Ledger each knocked in a run.

Fairfield is now 2-6 in the SEC. The Trojans still have a doubleheader against Burlington scheduled for Friday night.