FAIRMONT - The Fairmont 16B fastpitch softball lineup combined three complete-game pitching performances with a total of 33 hits to capture the 8th annual Fairmont Classic Fastpitch Tournament championship Sunday.
"To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time that we've won this tournament," said Fairmont head coach Chuck Allen, whose team placed second at the 2011 Classic. "We got solid pitching from Peyton (Oleson) in the first game before Miki (Mikayla Krzywicki) really stepped up for us by pitching a nice game (in the semifinals).
"Peyton pitched another good game in the championship, and our defensive gave her good support."
CLASSIC CHAMPIONS — Members of the Fairmont 16B fastpitch softball team capturing top team honors at the 8th annual Fairmont Classic Fastpitch Tournament on Sunday at Cardinal Park in Fairmont include, front row (l-r): Kristen Campe, Taylor Nuss, Tieryn Arens, Allison Moeller and Alyson Eversman. Middle row: Samm Rosenberg, Payton Walser and Micaela Gochanour. Back row: Assistant coach Terry Ehlert, Amanda Schuder, Mikayla Krzywicki, Peyton Oleson, Courtney Mosloski and head coach Chuck Allen. Not pictured: Amber Schulz, Abby Fitzgerald and assistant coach Kayla Schmidt. Photo by Joyce Schmidt
Oleson allowed seven runs on nine hits, struck out nine and walked four in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory in Fairmont's 10-7 triumph over Worthington in the finals at Cardinal Park in Fairmont.
Kristen Campe produced two RBIs with two hits to top Fairmont's 15-hit effort, while teammates Taylor Nuss, Courtney Mosloski, Oleson and Krzywicki each delivered two hits.
Nuss and Mosloski each collected one RBI, Oleson scored twice, while Nuss and Krzywicki each tallied a run.
Alyson Eversman generated one hit, one RBI and two runs scored for Fairmont, while Amanda Schuder and Samm Rosenberg each contributed one hit and an RBI.
Allison Moeller and Payton Walser each tallied a hit, while Tieryn Arens and Micaela Gochanour added runs for Fairmont.
Krzywicki then hurled a complete-game seven-hitter as Fairmont quieted the Rochester Storm in a five-inning semifinal game, 16-4.
Krzywicki allowed four runs, while striking out two and walking one in five frames to net the win.
Schuder chalked up two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored, while Nuss supplied two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored to help trigger Fairmont's 15-hit outburst.
Moeller tripled and crossed the plate three times, while Eversman drove in two runs with a single. Amber Schulz, Walser, Krzywicki and Oleson each netted one hit, one RBI and two runs scored. Gochanour chipped in a hit and one RBI, while Campe singled and scored.
Moeller drilled a solo home run and Gochanour collected two hits and scored one run to help engineer Fairmont's opening 7-5 victory over Austin in six innings.
"We figured going into the tournament that Austin would be our toughest competition," said Allen. "In fact, they took the lead from us in the opener before we had to come back to pull off the victory."
Oleson allowed five runs on six hits, fanned five and issued only one walk in going the distance to earn the complete-game victory.
Mosloski contributed one hit, two RBIs and a run scored to Fairmont's opening victory, while Schulz and Walser each chipped in a hit and one RBI.
Nuss, Campe and Arens rounded out the offensive effort by scoring runs.
Fairmont (8-7) faces Sibley East at 6 p.m. Thursday at Thomas Field in Mankato.