BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison softball team dropped two games on Monday night to visiting Fairfield.
In game 1, the Hounds got an RBI single from Ivy Geerdes in the fifth inning to tie up the game at 1 apiece, but couldn’t get another runner home as the Lady Trojans escaped with a 2-1 win.
Junior Shalyn Drish started the game with a sliding double off Fort Madison starter Cassie Powers. Drish took a 1-2 pitch and flared it into left field where it dropped in front of Fort Madison’s Dalyn Wondra. Wondra fired to second, but Drish slid in easily under the tag.
Powers would get the next two hitters with Drish still standing on the middle bag. But freshman Hannah Simpson would rip a Powers 0-2 offering straight back up the middle to bring home Drish for the opening inning 1-0 lead. Jenna Norris flew out to third in the next at bat to end the threat stranding one.
The score would stay there until the fourth inning when Simpson would again take a Power offering up the middle, but this time the ball had more altitude and carried the center field fence for a solo home run to put Fairfield up 2-0. Power would work two pop ups to the next two hitters to end the inning.
Fort Madison would then score in the bottom half to cut the lead to 2-1 when Powers opened the inning with a lead-off single to right and then swiped second. After a strike out, Geerdes would loft a bloop single to right to send Powers to third where she was held by head coach Jared Rehm.
The move paid off as sophomore Allison Helmick flew to deep right allowing Powers to tag and score. That would be the end of the scoring for the Hounds in the game as they would go 1-2-3 in the fifth and sixth. A two-out single by senior Vanessa Golowach would give Fort Madison a little life in the seventh, but fellow senior Jassmine Bass fanned in the next at bat to end the game.
Power went the distance for the Hounds giving up the two runs on six hits, striking out seven against no walks. Fairfield Allison Rebling picked up the win. The hits by Powers, Geerdes and Golowach were the only hits for the Hounds in the contest.
In the night cap, the Trojans jumped out to a 2-0 lead through four innings, but Fort Madison would tie it up with a couple runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Senior Olivia Williams singled to open the bottom of the frame. Powers would fly out to center for the first out, but Maycee Featheringill would single to left moving Williams to second. Williams and Featheringill would each swipe a base and then Williams scored when a Trojan wild pitch allowed the runners to advance.
Featheringill would then get caught trying to steal home as Rehm had the Hounds in go mode on the base paths. Geerdes would work a base on balls, but would also get caught stealing second for the second out and Helmick would strike out to end the threat tied at 2 all.
Fairfield would put up three more in the top of the fifth, but the Hounds would respond with a couple of their own in the bottom half highlighted by singles from Wondra and Bass. Both would come around to score, Bass on a single from Powers. With the aggressive base running, Logan Williams would get caught at home trying to stretch two bases out of Powers’ single to end the inning down one at 5-4.
Fairfield would get two more in top of the sixth and one more in the seventh, and would hold the Bloodhounds scoreless for the remainder of the game taking the second game 8-5.
Katelyn Dennis went all seven giving up 10 hits and five earned runs. The freshman struck out. The freshman struck out two and walked two on 92 pitches.
The Hounds at now 1-5 on the year and tangle with Burlington on Tuesday again at home.