FULTON, Ill. -- Princeton handed Fulton its first baseball loss of the season Saturday as the teams split a doubleheader at Drives Park.
The Steamers (6-1) won a slugfest 13-7 but lost a close one 3-2 in which they were limited to two hits.
The Steamers were their own worst enemy in the setback. The eventual winning run scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the second inning after Zach Friel was hit by a pitch and Tanner Kuhne and Jett Wedekind followed with walks. Jake Reinhardt followed with another walk before the Steamers got the final two outs to avoid further damage.
Princeton’s first run scored on a passed ball.
After Princeton scored twice in the top of the first inning, the Steamers did the same in the bottom half. They did it without the benefit of a hit, too.
Trey Simmons and Collin Houzenga walked to open the inning and stole third and second, respectively. Simmons scored on an error, then Houzenga scored on Seth Sanderson’s sacrifice fly to left field.
Fulton got both its hits in the fifth innings -- a leadoff single by Houzenga and a one-out single by Devon Ballard. Fulton also loaded the bases with one out in the second and fourth innings but couldn’t score.
In its victory, Fulton rallied after Princeton went ahead 7-5 with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. The Steamers answered with five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Seth Sikkema had the big hit in the inning, a three-run home run that gave the Steamers the lead.
Houzenga started the rally with a two-out walk. He stole second base, then Jason Ryder also walked. Sikkema followed with his home run to left field for an 8-7 lead. Devin Bly was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Sanderson’s double, then Sanderson scored on a single by Simmons.
Jack Lemke added an RBI triple in a three-run sixth inning. He finished with three runs batted in.
Only one Princeton run was earned, as the Tigers took advantage of 11 walks and six Fulton errors.
Morrison wins 2
MORRISON, Ill. -- Morrison scored 25 runs Saturday in a doubleheader sweep against Amboy in the Three Rivers Conference. The Mustangs won 12-2 in five innings and 13-8.
<\z186666660308838>Morrison broke open the first game with a seven-run third inning.
<\z186666660308838>The Mustangs loaded the bases on singles by Ethan Fischbach and Ben Tegeler, followed by Justin Jensen getting hit by a pitch. Mason Sitzmore followed with a two-run single to break the tie. Chance Bender added another two-run single later in the inning.
The Mustangs (8-1) scored single runs in each of the first two innings of the opener to pull even at 2-2. Fischbach had a sacrifice fly in the first inning, and Cody Southern delivered a game-tying single in the second.
Morrison out-hit Amboy 17-11 in a wild second game.
The Clippers scored twice in the top of the first inning, only to see the Mustangs pull even in their half. Morrison scored three times in the bottom of the second, but Amboy came back with four in the top of the third to go ahead 6-5.
Morrison took the lead to stay by scoring four times in the bottom of the third.
Brock Smith led off with a double and Southern singled. One out later, Bender drove in Smith with a single to tie it. Andy Bird broke the tie with a two-run double, and he scored later on Ben Tegeler’s two-out single.
Morrison added four insurance runs in the fifth, getting RBIs on a Bird single, a Tegeler triple and back-to-back doubles by Jensen and Sitzmore.
<\z186666660308838>PRINCETON 3, FULTON 2
<\Bz186666660308838>Princeton 210 000 0 -- 3 5 1
<\Bz186666660308838>Fulton 200 000 0 -- 2 2 2
<\z186666660308838>Fulton pitching: Jack Lemke (1 1/3 ip, 2 h, 3 r, 2 er, 4 bb, 1 so), Mike Dixon (5 2/3 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 5 so). Multiple hits -- Princeton (Jake Reinhardt 2). 2B -- Princeton (). RBIs -- Princeton (Isaac Salazar); Fulton (Sanderson).
<\z186666660308838>FULTON 13, PRINCETON 7
<\Bz186666660308838>Princeton 200 230 0 -- 7 5 4
<\Bz186666660308838>Fulton 320 053 x -- 13 9 6
<\z186666660308838>Zach Friel (5 ip, 7 h, 11 r, 8 er, 5 bb, 4 so), Salazar (1 ip, 2 h, 2 r, 2 er, 1 bb, s so) and Jett Wedekind; Seth Sikkema (3 2/3 ip, 3 h, 4 r, 1 er, 7 bb, 4 so), Seth Sanderson (3 1/3 ip, 2 h, 3 r, 0 er, 4 bb, 2 so) and unknown. Multiple hits -- Princeton (Reinhardt 2, Skye Behrends 2); Fulton (Sanderson 2, Devon Ballard 2). 2B -- Princeton (Behrends); Fulton (Sanderson). 3B -- Fulton (Jack Lemke). HR -- Fulton (Sikkema). RBIs -- Fulton (Lemke 3, Sikkema 3, Sanderson, Trey Simmons, Ballard, Jake VanZuiden).
<\z186666660308838>MORRISON 12, AMBOY 2
<\Bz186666660308838>Amboy 200 00 -- 2 5 4
<\Bz186666660308838>Morrison 117 21 -- 12 13 2
<\z186666660308838>Thake (4 ip, 13 h, 12 r, 8 er, 2 bb, 5 so) and Leffelman; Ryan VanZuiden (5 ip, 5 h, 2 r, 1 er, 2 bb, 5 so) and Justin Jensen. Multiple hits -- Morrison (Ethan Fischbach 2, Mason Sitzmore 2, Brock Smith 2, Chance Bender 2). 2B -- Amboy (Clack). 3B -- Morrison (Bender). RBIs -- Amboy (Barlow); Morrison (Sitzmore 2, Cody Southern 2, Bender 2, Fischbach, VanZuiden, Smith).
<\z186666660308838>MORRISON 13, AMBOY 8
<\Bz186666660308838>Amboy 204 010 1 -- 8 11 2
<\Bz186666660308838>Morrison 234 040 x -- 13 17 4
<\z186666660308838>Zimmaly (5 ip, 17 h, 13 r, 11 er, 2 bb, 2 so), Barlow (1 ip, 0 h, 0 r4, 0 bb, 0 so) and Leffelman; (Ben Tegeler 2 2/3 ip, 4 h, 6 r, 4 er, 3 bb, 1 so), Smith (2 1/3 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 er, 0 bb, 4 so), Fischbach (2 ip, 4 h, 1 r, 0 er, 1 bb, 2 so) and Southern. Multiple hits -- Amboy (Barlow 4, Zimmaly 2, Varga 2); Morrison (Andy Bird 4, Smith 3, Fischbach 2, Sitzmore 2). 2B -- Amboy (Barlow, Leffelman, Zimmaly); Morrison (Sitzmore 2, Bird, Jensen, Smith). 3B -- Morrison (FIschbach, Tegeler, Bird). RBIs -- Amboy (Appleman, Barlow); Morrison (Bird 3, Fischbach 2, Tegeler 2, Sitzmore 2, Bender 2, Jensen).