Herald Staff Report
LENA, Ill. — Fulton fought back in the second game after surrendering eight runs in the first inning but came up short of earning a split in a non-conference baseball doubleheader against Lena-Winslow on Saturday.
The Panthers beat the Steamers 7-1 in the first game and then held on for a 15-13 win in the second game.
Lena-Winslow sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in the opener to break open a 1-1 game. The Steamers had tied the game at 1 in the top of the fourth when Travis Ray singled, stole second base and scored on Taylor Manon’s two-out single.
Helped by six consecutive singles, the Panthers built an 8-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning of Game 2. The Steamers battled back the rest of the way but couldn’t get over the hump.
Ray hit a bases-clearing double in a five-run fourth that helped Fulton pull within 11-7, but Lena-Winslow answered with three in the fifth. A two-out rally in the sixth produced four runs, including a two-run home run by Ashton Hutton. Hutton added a two-run double in the seventh that made the final margin 15-13. Hutton finished the game with three hits and five RBIs.
LENA-WINSLOW 7, FULTON 1
Fulton 000 100 0 — 1 6 3
Lena-Winslow 100 006 x — 7 6 0
W — Olberding. LP — Ashton Hutton. Two or more hits — Fulton (Travis Ray 2, Travis Manon 2); Lena-Winslow (Werhane 2, Logeman 2). 2B — Lena-Winslow (Logeman, Rohschadl). RBI — Fulton (Manon).
LENA-WINSLOW 15, FULTON 13
Fulton 101 504 2 — 13 12 3
Lena-Winslow 803 031 x — 15 16 3
WP — Hooper. LP — Ryan Beiermann. Two or more hits — Fulton (Zach Ryder 2, Ray 2, Hutton 3, Ethan Jones 2); Lena-Winslow (Werhane 4, Logeman 2, Rothschadel 3, Schroeder 3, Turnmeyer 3). 2B — Fulton (Ray, Hutton, Jones). HR — Fulton (Hutton). RBIs — Fulton (Ray 4, Hutton 5, Ryder, W. Jones 2).