LaGRANGE — Fairfield sophomore pitcher Danica Mast knows what it’s all about at sectional time.
“Anything can happen,” Mast said. “You have to put forth your best effort every night.”
Led by Mast’s lights-out mound effort, the Falcons did just that, shutting out Wawasee, 8-0 in the opener of the Class 3A Lakeland Sectional Monday night.
Mast allowed just three hits all evening and did not allow a Wawasee baserunner past second base. She fanned seven and walked none.
The Falcon hurler was quick to share credit with her teammates.
“It was a total team effort out there tonight,” Mast said. “Our catcher (Riley Troyer) did a great job of helping keep us fired up.”
It was just the kind of focused game Fairfield John Skibbe wanted to see in the sectional opener. His team improved to 17-8.
“Danica was ready to go,” Skibbe said. “She had her off-speed pitches working and that helped keep the Wawasee hitters off-balance.”
The Falcons got it done on this warm, muggy spring night without a big inning. They scored one run in the first, two in the second, one in the third, two in the fourth and two in the top of the seventh.
Alex DeWitt led Fairfield with two hits.
With the win, the Falcons advanced to tonight’s semifinals against Tippecanoe Valley, a 9-4 winner over NorthWood in Monday night’s second quarterfinal matchup.
Wawasee coach Hans Griepentrog said his team did not come out to play with the required aggressiveness.
“It was a disappointing finish for us,” Griepentrog said. “We swung at a lot of off-speed pitches, and had too many mental mistakes. Fairfield did a good job of putting the ball in play, but we didn’t make the plays.”
The Warriors will say goodbye to four seniors: Taylor Spangle, Kylie Norris, Victoria Warren and Madi Anderson.