FULTON, Ill. —The Fulton Steamers came surging back in late innings to tie everything up with Amboy before running out of time in the first game of the 2018 Muddy River Classic.
The Steamers scored five in the sixth to tie everything up at 11-11. That’s when the clock hit 7:30, and the game had to end for Game 2 to start. Ottawa Marquette was set to play Dixon at 7:30 p.m. at Drives Park, while the Steamers crossed the bridge to play Elgin Academy at Ashford University Field at 7:30 p.m.
The comeback started in the bottom of the fifth. Erik North drilled a single and then advanced to second, while the next batter was hit by a pitch. Hunter Collachia then drew a walk, allowing Ethan Fish to rip a double off the fence in left center, driving in three runs.
That put the Steamerswithin five, which they found in the bottom of the sixth. Meanwhile, Austin Schroeder held the Clippers off on the mound.
It was actually the Steamers’ second comeback of the game. After falling behind early 3-0, Seth Sikemma cracked a double to score one in the bottom of the second. Fulton escaped a bases loaded situation in the third, and went on to score two in the bottom half of the inning to tie it up.
The Clippers scored four the next inning, however, and the bleeding continued until the Steamers’ rally.
Pool play continues early on Saturday, and then the tournament placement games begin in the afternoon.