Fairmont downs Windom in doubleheader
Fairmont continued its domination from its most recent doubleheader, beating Windom 15-2 and 9-0 in twinbill action Wednesday in Fairmont.
Fairmont’s offense was working from the first pitch, sending 15 batters to the plate in the opening frame.
Eli Anderson led off with a single, then added a bases-clearing double and three RBIs in his second at-bat of the frame.
Cale Steuber walked and scored in his second at-bat of the first inning, while Zach Jorgensen was hit by a pitch and scored both times he came to the plate in the first frame.
Zach Soelter was hit by a pitch and scored a run his first time up, then hit a bases-clearing, three RBI double his second time, while Jack Hested had a single for two RBIs, Joey Flohrs had a sacrifice fly and an RBI, and Jake Johnson and Carter Bell both walked.
In total, Fairmont scored 11 runs in the first inning.
It was held off the scoreboard in the second, then got back on the board in the third with four more runs.
Jorgensen led off with a single, then Soelter and Hested reached base on back-to-back errors, scoring Jorgensen, before Flohrs singled to left.
With runners on first and third, Johnson waited back on an offspeed pitch and singled to center for an RBI.
Bell followed with a single up the middle for two RBIs.
Hested pitched a five-inning complete game for Fairmont.
He gave up two runs, both unearned, one in the first and one in the third.
Hested started the first by striking out two batters, before a double and back-to-back errors led to the lone run scoring.
Hested moved through the second with two strikeouts and a walk, then another error, a single and a sacrifice fly got Windom its second run in the third.
Hested got the last eight batters he faced out.
He gave up only two hits and one walk, while striking out five.
Anderson got on all four times he went to the plate, walking twice and hitting a single and a double.
Jorgensen scored three runs on a single and three hit-by-pitches, Buntjer scored twice on a hit-by-pitch, a walk and a double, while Soelter had a double, three RBIs, was hit by a pitch and scored a run.
Hested scored two runs, singled and had two RBIs, while Johnson and Bell each walked once and singled once, with Bell adding two RBIs and Johnson adding one.
“After the Blue Earth games, we talked about approach,” Fairmont head coach Levi Becker said of his team’s recent offensive success. “We talked about what we can do in positive counts, how we can anticipate pitches. The extra base hits today were awesome and came in a lot of aggressive counts.”
Game 2 started similarly for Fairmont, scoring three runs in the first to build an initial lead.
Soelter and Jorgensen singled to lead off the inning, then Anderson sent a lined shot to the wall down the right-field line for a two-RBI triple, his first of two in the game.
Anderson scored when Bell reached base on an error.
Fairmont scored once in the second. Flohrs led off with a single, then advanced all the way to third on a stolen base and passed ball. Don Krill then dropped a single into left to score Flohrs and put Fairmont ahead 4-0.
Four more runs came across in the third.
Soelter doubled, Jorgensen walked, Anderson hit his second two-RBI triple down the right-field line, then Buntjer followed with a triple of his own for an RBI.
Buntjer scored on a Bell sacrifice fly to right.
Fairmont’s final run scored in the fourth.
Flohrs singled and scored on a Lincoln Becker double to center field.
Steuber started on the mound for Fairmont, pitching four innings.
Steuber gave up no runs on one hit and two walks, while striking out four. Flohrs pitched the final inning for Fairmont, striking out one in a perfect inning.
Soelter singled and doubled, Jorgensen singled, walked and scored two runs, while Anderson hit two triples and collected four RBIs.
Buntjer tripled for an RBI, Bell had a sacrifice fly for an RBI and Flohrs had two singles.
Fairmont (4-2) goes to Welcome to face Martin County West at 6 p.m. Monday.
WIN ( 1)01 00 — 2 2 4
FMT (11)04 0x — 15 9 3
Jack Hested (WP) and Zach Jorgensen. Conner Redman (LP), Kade Sammons (1), Hunter Walklin (3), Austin Doorenbos (4) and Ethan Pohlman.
LOB–Fairmont 7, Windom 4. 2B–Conner Redman (WIN), Eli Anderson (FMT) Zach Soelter (FMT), Blake Buntjer (FMT). SF–Joey Flohrs (FMT), Hunter Walklin (WIN).
FMT 314 10 — 9 10 0
WIN 000 00 – 0 1 2
Cale Steuber (WP), Joey Flohrs (5) and Blake Buntjer. Henry Erickson (LP), Greyson Elder (3) and Braydon Kreofsky.
LOB–Fairmont 4, Windom 2. 2B–Zach Soelter (FMT), Lincoln Becker (FMT). 3B–Eli Anderson (FMT) 2, Blake Buntjer (FMT). SF–Carter Bell (FMT).