Doocy, Martins shut out Hadley
FAIRMONT – Fairmont right-hander Sawyer Doocy hung zeroes on Hadley’s side of the scoreboard, while Adam Schmidt delivered nearly half of the Martins’ runs on Monday night.
The hard-throwing Doocy recorded 11 strikeouts to fuel a six-hit complete-game shutout, while Schmidt went 3-for-5 with a game-best four RBIs to power the Martins to a 9-0 decisive Game 3 triumph over the Buttermakers at Herb Wolf Field.
No. 4-seeded Fairmont (21-8), which clinched the Region 13C second-round, best-of-3 playoff series with No. 5-seeded Hadley, advances to face the No. 1-seeded Jackson Bulls at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night at Wacker Field in Jackson in Game 1 of their best-of-3, third-round regional series.
Hadley ended its season with a 20-12 record.
Doocy, who spent most of the spring rehabilitating an injury at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa, features four pitches in his pitching repertoire, but needed only half to fire his nine-inning shutout.
“I didn’t throw my change or slider tonight because my fastball and curve were working,” said Doocy, who retired the Buttermakers in order during the second, fourth, sixth and eighth innings.
While Fairmont’s airtight defensive set played error-free to help Doocy hold Hadley’s bats in check, Schmidt delivered four of the Martins’ initial six runs during the first three innings.
Scott Chirpich was plunked by Hadley starting pitcher Colby Pack with two out in the bottom of the first before Shaun McGuire cranked a towering RBI double to the right-center gap for an early 1-0 lead. McGuire then circled the bases when Schmidt lined an outside pitch into right field for an RBI single.
Pack retired Fairmont in order during the second only to witness the Martins’ four-run offensive outburst behind three hits in the last of the third.
Tanner Nawrocki reached on an infield hit, Chirpich gained first on one of the Buttermakers’ four errors on the game and McGuire was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Schmidt quickly and powerfully cleared his teammates from the base paths by hammering a three-run double into the left-center gap. Schmidt, who took third on the throw to the plate, later scored on Dustin Sobolik’s RBI single for a 6-0 lead.
The Martins later combined five hits to score three more runs in the fifth, but could not reach the 10-run rule margin due to Hadley draftee Bryce Christopher’s 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Christopher, who plays for Lakefield, allowed five hits, struck out two and walked two.
Schmidt, Doocy and Sobolik produced three consecutive singles during the Fairmont fifth before Ian Bents singled home Schmidt before Doocy crossed the plate on a throwing error on the play.
Luke Becker later drilled an RBI single to left to extend the Martins’ lead to 9-0, but the trail runner was thrown out at home to keep the margin at less than double figures.
McGuire, Sobolik and Jay Ruen each collected two of the Martins’ 14 hits.
Max Zwart went 2-for-4 to pace Hadley’s offense.
Pack allowed nine runs – eight earned – on nine hits, struck out one and hit two batters in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss.
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Colby Pack (LP), Bryce Christopher (5) and Trent Carlson. Sawyer Doocy (WP) and Dustin Sobolik.
LOB-Fairmont 8; Hadley 6. 2B-Andy Reiter (F), Shaun McGuire (F), Adam Schmidt (F), Nick Bruning (H).