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Red Stick Adult Baseball League...A Fairchild Family Affair

Submitted by Doug Webster, RSABL Reds Manager

When the Red Stick Adult Baseball League in Louisiana merged the 35+ and 18+ divisions for the 2016 season, it created a special situation for Reds shortstop, Dirk Fairchild. For the first time, his sons, Levin-24, Jace-22, and Brandt-18 were eligible to play on his team. "What a blessing to be able to still play the game I love (at 53), and be as competitive as I was when I was younger," explained dad Dirk. "And now to play with my three boys. Good stuff, huh?"

Dirk coached them in competitive baseball since they were four years old all the way to when they were 16 year olds. They all played at East Ascension High School in Gonzales, Louisiana. Now coach their own teams for the Saints and Traction baseball academies. Reds manager Doug Webster was happy to bring them on board. "Dirk is my five-tool player. I knew the boys had a solid baseball pedigree while bringing an infusion of youth and speed so we could compete with the 18+ teams we would face".

And the Fairchilds delivered. They combined for a family batting average of .439, OBP .589, and OPS 1.150. They drove in 25% of the RBI and scored 35% of the team runs. They also shored up the team defense. They covered middle infield and outfield positions.  Dirk, Jace, and Brandt each provided pitching relief. Brandt was a relief catcher.

The Fairchilds were key to the Reds 11-4 victory in the league championship game against the Ducks. (championship game story coming soon in 'League Champions' section)  Brandt drove in the Red's second run in the third inning. Dirk and Levin turned a double play in the fourth inning to strand a Duck at third. Dirk and Levin scored in the sixth to open up the lead. Levin drove in two more runs in the seventh to break the game open. Brandt and Levin combined to cut down a runner at the plate and kill a Duck rally in the eighth.

Webster said, "It was great having these young men on the team.  They're good kids with great make up. The 2016 MVP is a Fairchild. Pick one!"

Look for the Fairchild legacy to continue. As Dirk said, "Can't wait for next year and/or the next opportunity to play together again. Does it get any better for a dad? No way! Ok, maybe grandkids one day. Thanks, boys--Love y'all!"

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