The Fulton High School baseball team traveled to Sterling on Thursday night and came home with a 6-5, eight-inning victory over the Comets in a Three Rivers Conference battle.
Newman started the scoring with a five-run second inning. The Comets used two walks, an error, two singles and a bases-clearing double to build the lead.
Fulton started a comeback in the fifth frame, pushing three runs over the plate. Nathan Bielema and Ethan Jones both singled, then Zach Ryder drove both runners home with a triple to deep right-center field. Travis Ray hit a sharp single to score Ryder.
Down 5-3, the Steamers scored two in the top of the seventh, sending the game into extra innings. Ethan Jones singled with the next two batters being retired. Ryder was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. Ray stepped into the batter’s box and doubled in the alley between right and center fields, scoring by Jones and Ryder
Ryan Edfors walked but was erased on a fielder’s choice by Bielema. Jones reached first and Bielema went to third on a Newman error. Bielema crossed the plate on a game-winning groundout RBI by Ashton Hutton.
Austin Manon picked up the win for the Steamers, pitching five scoreless innings in relief.
Panthers post conference win
AMBOY, Ill. —Prophetstown/Erie grabbed an early 7-1 lead over Amboy in the first two innings Thursday and proceeded to take an 8-3 win.
Thunder drops game
THOMSON, Ill. — Lena-Winslow grabbed a 6-1 victory over the West Carroll Thunder baseball team Thursday.
The winners put four runs on the scoreboard during first-inning action, then added another two in the fifth frame. Only one of the runs was earned, causing Thunder coach Bryan Kamper to say: “One earned run! We need to show some mental toughness to win ballgames.”
The loss dropped the Thunder to 2-3 in Northwest Upstate Illini Conference games and to 6-9 overall.
Earlier in the week, the Thunder lost 7-5 at Warren on Monday, beat Galena 11-0 on Tuesday at home and lost 18-8 at home Wednesday against Ottawa Marquette.
Tyler Jones thew a three-hit, five-inning shutout against Galena, striking out six batters. Joey Sullivan hit a pair of doubles and drove in four runs in the win, Austin Weller went 3 for 3 with a double and Trey Enloe had a pair of hits.
Weller homered against Marquette, while Sullivan hit three singles and Enloe two. Evan Williams hit a pair of doubles against Warren.
Morrison clubs Missiles
MORRISON, Ill. — Morrison scored eight runs in the first inning and added 13 more in the second Wednesday on its way to a 25-3, five-inning win against Milledgeville.
FULTON 6, NEWMAN 5 (8 innings)
Fulton 000 030 21 – 6 9 3
Newman 050 000 00 — 5 6 2
WP — Austin Manon. LP— Tim Wilson. Two or more hits — Fulton (Ray 2, E. Jones 3). 2B — Fulton (Ray 2), Newman (Olson). 3B — Fulton (Ryder).
PROPHETSTOWN/ERIE 8, AMBOY 3
P’town/Erie 430 000 1 — 8 10 1
Amboy 101 010 0 — 3 3 3
Brandon Schmidt (2-0) (7 ip, 3 h, 11 so, 3 bb) and Peterson. Powers, Ikens and Leffelman. WP - Schmidt. LP - Powers. Two or more hits — P/E (Caleb Miner 2, Scott Mathews 2), Amboy (Rex 2). 2B — Matthews, Ikens. 3B— P/E (Sawyer Kuepker), HR — P/E (Eann Cox). RBIs — Cox 2, Matthews 2, Kuepker, Ikens.
LENA-WINSLOW 6, WEST CARROLL 1
Le-Win 400 020 0 — 6 8 1
Thunder 000 010 0 — 1 4 5
West Carroll pitching—Matt Lashelle (2-2) (6 ip, 10 so, 2 bb, 7 h, 6 r, 1 er). Joey Sullivan (1 ip, 0 so, 0 bb, 1 h, 0 r, 0 er). West Carroll batting — Trey Enloe 2 singles, Tyler Brashaw and Brian Gilbert one single each.