FULTON, Ill. — Fulton did enough little things to pull out a 5-4 victory against Bureau Valley on Monday in Three Rivers Conference baseball.
The Steamers (10-11, 6-4 conference) used four sacrifice flies to back Ethan Jones’ pitching. Jones scattered eight hits and struck out nine batters in the complete-game victory.
“Got a win when we struggled at times with things we usually don’t,” Fulton coach Kyle Miller said. “A win is a win, and I’m proud of the way Ethan gutted it out. We will learn from it and get better.”
Fulton went ahead with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and led the rest of the way.
With his team down 1-0, Seth Sanderson led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and went to third on Trey Simmons’ single. Simmons stole second, and each baserunner moved up on Jones’ sacrifice fly to center field. Devon Ballard followed with another sacrifice fly to right, and the Steamers led 2-1.
They increased the edge to 3-1 in the third when Cody Huff, who opened the inning with a single, scored on Jack Reed’s sacrifice fly. Bureau Valley cut the gap to 3-2 in the top of the third, but Fulton got that run right back in the bottom half. Jones singled with one out, stole second and advanced to third on an error. He then scored on Ballard’s second sacrifice fly.
Fulton added its final run in the fourth, when Reed reached on a two-out error, stole second and came around on Sanderson’s RBI single. The run became vital when the Storm scored twice in the top of the fifth.
MORRISON, Ill. — Morrison took advantage of five Riverdale errors and scored nine unearned runs Monday in a 12-0, five-inning victory against the Rams in Three Rivers Conference baseball.