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April 16, 2013

Fulton's Jones throws a no-hitter ... and wins

FULTON — At least one thing was better the second time Fulton pitcher Ethan Jones held an opponent hitless this spring: The Steamers won.

Ten days after throwing 8 1/3 no-hit innings against Morrison — the Mustangs won 1-0 despite not getting a hit — Jones held Sterling Newman hitless in a 10-0 Three Rivers Conference baseball win Monday at Drives Park.

"Actually, I felt better playing against Morrison than tonight, but this one felt a lot better because we won," Jones, a junior right-hander said. "I felt I hit my spots well, but our defense was really good tonight."

The defense stepped up when Jones needed it most, coach Jayme Farrell said.

"There was one hit in the second inning where their guy hit it hard down the right-field line, but first baseman Cody Huff caught the line drive and doubled off the runner," Farrell said. "That's the only one I remember that was close to a hit."

This time, Jones got plenty of run support.

The Steamers gave their pitcher a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.

"Those runs are like a big confidence booster," Jones said. "When we played Morrison, I knew I couldn't give up a run because it would hurt us bad. I knew if I gave up a run tonight we'd pick it up."

Collin Ticher, who reached base four times and scored three runs, led off the Fulton first with a walk. Matt Dail followed with the first of his three singles, advancing Tichler to second. Jones followed with a fielder's choice that left runners on the corners.

A single to center field by Austin Manon scored Tichler and moved to Jones to third. Manon stole second, and Jones scored on the throw. One out after taking third on a wild pitch, Manon scored on a single to right field by Huff.

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