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May 3, 2014

6th inning explosion keys Steamers

FULTON, Ill. — Many batters fear the situation. Fulton softball coach Jessie Rosenow couldn’t have picked a better batter for it.

Jenna Jones stood in the batter’s box awaiting an 0-2 pitch. The score was tied, the go-ahead run was at third base, but there were two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

“I was just looking for a good pitch,” Jones, Fulton’s senior shortstop said. “I was just looking for a pitch to hit, and if was not there, to foul it off.”

There was no way the ball was going foul when it left her bat. For Jones, though, it didn’t feel like what it was, either. Jones drilled a two-run home run over the center-field fence to snap a 6-6 tie in Fulton’s 11-6 victory against Amboy on Friday in Three Rivers Conference softball at Drives Park.

“It didn’t feel like a solid hit at all,” Jones said. “I was surprised it went out. It felt good, but a lot of other girls got hits, too.”

Several of those came after Jones’ homer, as the Steamers added three more runs in the inning that decided the back-and-forth game. All five runs were unearned because of an error that opened the inning.

Jackie Tourene was safe at first on a throwing error and moved up one base each on a sacrifice bunt by Jamie Huennekens and a groundout by Maddy Andresen. That put Jones it a position that delighted Rosenow.

“That’s the one we want,” she said, referring to having Jones at bat. “She’s the leader on the team. She was in a great position on that.”

The Steamers weren’t satisfied, though. After all, the Clippers had erased Fulton leads twice before with home runs.

“I tell them, ‘Get greedy; never be satisfied,’ “ Rosenow said.

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