A promising start got ugly in a hurry for Fulton on a cold and windy Monday. The Steamers lost 24-9 in a five-inning Three Rivers Conference baseball game against host Riverdale.

Although much of the damage came when the Rams scored 15 runs in the fourth inning, the Steamers were in trouble before that. Riverdale scored four runs in each of the second and third innings to seize control.

Riverdale scored first with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but Fulton (4-6, 0-3 conference) responded with two runs in the top of the second. Austin Manon walked, stole second and scored on Nate Bielema’s single. Bielema scored later in the inning on a groundout.

The lead was short-lived, though, as Riverdale went up 5-2 in the bottom half of the inning.

The Rams put the game away in the 15-run fourth that featured a grand slam by Zach Davis and a three-run home run by Andy Cooper.

Thunder clip Dakota

THOMSON — West Carroll scored in three consecutive innings to overtake Dakota and win 6-4 in Northwest Upstate Illini Conference baseball Monday.

“It was a very nice game for us,” Thunder coach Bryan Kamper said. “Our defense was pretty good. We showed we can have timely hitting and score runs in a variety of ways.”

Dakota scored twice in the first inning to go ahead, but West Carroll (4-4) came back with two in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth to build a 6-2 lead. Evan Williams homered for West Carroll, and Matt LaShelle scored twice and also earned a save.

Panthers postponed

KEWANEE, Ill. — Mondays’s game between Prophetstown/Erie and Kewanee was postponed because of cold weather and will be made up on date to be determined.

RIVERDALE 24, FULTON 9 (5 INN.)

Fulton    022    05        —    9    17    7

Riverdale    144    (15)x        —    24    na    1

WP — Young. LP —Ashton Hutton. 2B — Riverdale (Wes DeClercq, Branson Cain 2, Andy Cooper). HR — Riverdale (Zach Davis, Cooper)

WEST CARROLL 6, DAKOTA 4

Dakota    200    002    0    —    4    4    2

West Carroll    021    300    x    —    6    6    2

West Carroll pitchers — Tyler Brashaw (w 1-2, 6 ip, 4 h, 4 r, 2 er, 4 bb, 3 k), Matt LaShelle (sv, 1 ip, 0 h). Two or more hits — West Carroll (Evan Williams 2). 2B — West Carroll (Nick Hughes). HR — West Carroll (Williams).