BY PCC STAFF
FAIRFIELD – The record may not indicate it, but the FMHS softball team can be pretty good. For the third time this year, the Lady Hounds have knocked off a Class 4A ranked team.
On Monday, the girls downed No. 2-ranked Fairfield, a team that was No. 1 in the state two weeks ago, on some timely hitting in the second game of the doubleheader. Lexi Schmidt gave up seven runs in the seventh inning, but did not allow a single run the rest of the game.
Meanwhile the Hounds went on a slugfest in the last three innings highlighted by a two-out, two-strike single to center in the top of the seventh by Dayln Wondra that plated the two go ahead runs for Fort Madison.
Schmidt then slammed the door in the bottom half for the win. Chayse Lowney led Fort Madison at the plate going 3-4 with a double and a triple and two rbi. Kamryn Bailey hit a two-run homer which ties her for second in the conference with six on the year. Schmidt went 2-3 with an rbi. Wondra went 2-4 on the night, while Olivia Williams, Shyla Farmer and Kylee Cashman all had hits for Fort Madison in the win.
In the first game, the Lady Trojans held a slim 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the sixth and then took three runs off Lowney to make it 5-1, which would be the final score.
Bailey went 2-3 with an rbi double in the fourth inning to give the Hounds their only run of the game. Vanessa Golowach, Jada Lamm and Lowney had the only other hits for the Hounds in the first game.
Fort Madison is now 7-22 on the season (1-14 in the Southeast conference) and hosts Ottumwa in a doubleheader on Thursday.