No. 10 Fairfield slays No. 1 Carlisle, West Branch

TIFFIN — Two days after sweeping Mt. Pleasant in a Southeast Conference road doubleheader, the 10th-ranked Fairfield softball team picked up its two biggest wins of the season in the Clear Creek-Amana tournament on Saturday. The Trojans knocked off defending champion and top-ranked Carslile, 7-2, in their first game, and followed that with an 8-4 win over West Branch.

The Trojans and Wildcats were in a pitcher’s dual for five innings of Fairfield’s first game. Trojan ace Allison rebling held Carlisle scoreless through the first four innings, but the Wildcats would break the tie with a run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 1-0 lead.

Fairfield erupted in the top of the sixth, putting up five runs to put the Wildcats’ backs against the wall. Carlisle scored one more in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Trojan lead to 5-2, but Fairfield added two more in the top of the seventh to put the game on ice, and Rebling pitched a shutout in the final half inning.

Peyton McCabe went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Trojans in the win over Carlisle. Coty Engle went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Jenna Norris, Delaney Breen and Destiny Gridley each knocked in one run.

Rebling gave up just two earned runs on two hits and four walks over seven innings. She hit four Wildcat batters int eh win, but also struck out eight.

After scoring three in the first and one in the second against West Branch, it looked like Fairfield might run away with their second game of the day. West Branch matched the Trojans with four runs in the third inning to tie the game up at 4-4, but Fairfield put up two runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to pull away.

Reblin’s bat was on display in the Trojans’ second game. She went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the team. Jenna Norris went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Engle was 1-for-1 with two RBIs, and both McCabe and Hannah Simpson knocked in runs.

Engle gave up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in the circle. She hit one West Branch batter, and struck out three.