To him, the game really came down to the first inning, not the last. The Comets scored four runs to start the game.
“You can’t ever spot a conference team four runs in the first inning,” Farrell said, something he told his players afterward. “We finally attacked a little more in that last inning. We never gave up, and that’s a positive to take out of the game.”
But, he added, Fulton dug itself a hole early, and it hurt in the end.
One bright spot was Ballard. Not only did the freshman finish with two RBIs on two hits, he also struck out four from the mound after relieving starting pitcher Huff.
“I felt it was kind of a breakout game for him,” Farrell said. “I think he’s starting to get in a groove here. He’s a little more relaxed about everything he does, and he should be, he’s a dang good ballplayer.”
The Steamers will host the Muddy River Classic on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. vs. Orion, then against Paw Paw (2:30 p.m.) and East Dubuque (4:10 p.m.). The loss dropped them to 8-8, 5-2 in the Three Rivers Conference.
NEWMAN 8, FULTON 7
Fulton 000 100 6 — 7 8 2
Newman 401 201 x — 8 6 3
W — Alex Buhler; Shayne Allen; Matt Wagenecht (7) and Kyle Moore. Cody Huff, Devon Ballard (3) and Paul Velasco. Multiple hits — Fulton (Tichler 2, Ballard 2); RBI — Fulton (Tichler, Jones, Manon, Huff, Ballard 2); SB — Fulton (Dail, Jones, Huff, Reed)