Fairfield head softball coach Terry Weikert could only scratch his head. In his 20 plus years of coaching, he had never seen anything like it.
His Fairfield team entered the top of the sixth inning trailing Bermudian Springs, 16-15. They proceeded to score 23 runs in the inning en route to a 38-16 win.
The two teams combined for 54 runs, 31 hits and 23 errors.
"In the 21 years I have coached this is about the ugliest game," Weikert said. "I don't know what else to say. We have been doing the same thing. We have been struggling. We play decent for four innings and then fall apart. It is tough. I feel for them. This game was ugly."
Fairfield was without their normal starting pitcher, Nicole Kinjerski, who injured her ankle and will not be available until Monday. Despite the score, Weikert was very impressed with his freshman pitcher Alexis Landsford.
"She did great," Weikert said. "The future is looking bright. It was an ugly game though. We will take the win. We needed that. This is probably one of the better teams I have had but we cannot stay away from that one bad inning."
Fairfield started the scoring in the top of the first when Bri Fitz crushed a three-run homer to deep center. Later in the inning, Green Knights starting pitcher Landsford crushed a three-run triple to give Fairfield an early 6-0 lead.
Bermudian responded by scoring 14 runs over the next two innings, including a three-run triple from Morgan Williams and a two-run triple from Charlotte Rutkowski.
Trailing 14-9, the Knights scored six runs in the top of the fourth to take a 15-14 lead. They did not hold on to that lead long as Bermudian tied the score in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth on a McKenzie Farley fielders choice that scored Morgan Anthony.
After the fifth inning, the players got together to talk about the game plan.
"Last night we got our heads down and we said today was not going to be another replay of that," sophomore catcher Kaitlin Barron said. "We just had to keep our heads up and we did and we just kept scoring."
Included in that scoring was Megan Whalen who was 2-for-2 in the sixth with a walk, a double, three runs scored and four RBIs. Rachel Lingg also had an RBI in the sixth as she finished the game 6-for-6.
It was Barron however, who caught the eye of Weikert.
"She did great," he said. "For a sophomore, she probably has more talent than any player I have had in 5-10 years. She stands out. People are going to recognize her. She is batting over .500 on the year and didn't do anything today to hurt that."
Barron made several adjustments in the offseason with her hitting but the most notable was with her stance.
"I am starting with an open stance now," she said. "That way the pitcher can't throw on the inside and get me and if it is an away pitch, I can step into it."
The adjustments worked Tuesday as she finished the game 2-for-5 with three RBI including a triple and homer.
After the game, Weikert said he could only tell his team three things.
"Have fun, correct the mistakes, and a win is a win," he said.
FAIRFIELD 38, BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 16 (6)
Fairfield 612 60(23) -- 38 20 13
Bermudian Springs 068 110 -- 16 11 10
F, Alexis Landsford and Kaitlin Barron; BeS -- Paige Huntington, Maddie Huntington (6), Paige Huntington (6), Sam Burda (7) and Morgan Williams. SO-BB -- F, Landsford 5-0; BeS, P. Huntington 8-10, M. Huntington 0-9, Burda 0-0. W -- Landsford. L -- P. Huntington. 2B -- F, Megan Whalen; BeS, Jackie Faircloth. 3B -- F, Kaitlin Barron, Landsford; BeS, Morgan Williams, Charlotte Rutkowski HR -- F, Bri Fritz, Barron.