MIDDLEBURY — When former Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks famously said, "Let's play two," chances are he didn't have days like Saturday in mind: A raw, breezy day with temperatures in the 40s and rain.
But there was a nonconference twinbill on the schedule between Fairfield and Northridge, and the two area rivals split the doubleheader, with Fairfield taking the opener, 10-6 and Northridge storming back to win the second game, 12-0. The latter contest was halted after five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Fairfield is now 17-4. The Raiders are 17-6.
In the opener, Northridge got out to an early 4-0 lead before the Falcons were able to get their bats in gear. Fairfield scored a run in the top of the third and took the lead with five runs in the top of the fourth.
The Raiders countered with a run in the home half of the fourth, but the Falcons put an exclamation point on the contest with four more runs in the top of the fifth.
The Falcons had nine hits in the opener. Ben Hunley led Fairfield at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Four Falcon hurlers got work in, with Austin Christner earning the win with a scoreless inning and a strikeout.
In the second game, the Raiders rebounded nicely, with three runs in the first inning and four in the second. Northridge iced the game with a quintet of runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Northridge coach Andrew Brabender said mental mistakes, including a pair of errors, hurt his team in the first game.
In the second game, the Raiders were more aggressive at the plate, and a big part of that was right fielder Cameron Ridenour, who was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs.
Ridenour said the Raiders regrouped after the first game loss.