Herald Staff Report

HANOVER, Ill. — Jeff Steele outdueled Jason Manning as River Ridge pulled out a 2-0, pitching-dominated Class 1A regional baseball victory against Fulton on Monday.

Steele, who also drove in one of the runs in River Ridge’s two-run sixth inning, limited Fulton to three hits and struck out 13 batters. Manning was just as tough. He allowed only two hits, struck out five and both runs against him were unearned.

“That was a tough way to end it,” Fulton coach Kyle Miller said of the loss that ended the Steamers’ season with a 6-17 record. “The Steele kid from River Ridge was tough, but Jason really threw well for us. He has been really tough these last couple of outings and deserves better.

“I have four seniors (Manning, Taylor Huff, Jake Hanrahan and Joel Ankrom) that will be tough to replace and will be solely missed. I do believe that we have made some major strides, but we have to find a way to win the close ones. I am sad to see these seniors go, but if we can find a way to replace all the great things they did, the future is bright.”

River Ridge (17-8) will take on second-seeded Warren in the regional semifinals Wednesday.

Scoring by innings

Fulton 000 000 0 — 0 3 2

River Ridge 000 002 x — 2 2 0

Jason Manning and Ashton Hutton; Jeff Steele and Whitshire. 2B — River Ridge (Nesselbach). RBIs — River Ridge (Steele, Peace).

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