“After the first strike, I was thinking, ‘I’ve got to stay focused,’ “ Wiemken said. “I fouled one off and knew I was going to hit the ball.”
Wiemken came through for the Steamers, lashing a single to the outfield, driving in two runs and putting the Steamers up 3-1.
“Emma (Wiemken) came through with the bases-loaded single that scored two, got us a big lead,” Wayne said. “It got our team ahead and gave them confidence to keep the lead. It was a big confidence boost.”
Riverdale threatened again in the fifth, scratching off another run on an RBI single from Mosher. The hit cut Fulton’s lead to 3-2.
“I definitely felt on today,” Mosher said, “but we were scattering hits, which don’t drive in runs. It takes a rally to score runs, and we left quite a few runners on base.”
Unfortunately for Riverdale, the team was unable to string together any more hits to put them over the top. Another double from Mosher, adding to her record, with two outs in the seventh put the tying run in scoring position, but again the Rams came up short. The Steamers executed on defense for the final out of the night, getting the win.
Now the Steamers turn their focus to Wednesday’s regional semifinal matchup against the Morrison Fillies at 4:30 p.m. in Manlius, Ill.
FULTON 3, RIVERDALE 2
Fulton 100 020 0 — 3 7 2
Riverdale 001 010 0 — 2 8 2
Katherine Wayne (7 ip, 8 h, 2 r, 2 er, 2 bb, 5 so) and Maddy Andresen; Sadie Mosher (7 ip, 7 h, 3 r, 3 er, 2 bb, 10 so) and Chloe Sullivan. Multiple hits — Fulton (Andresen 2, Emma Wiemken 2); Riverdale (Mosher 2). 2B — Riverdale (Mosher). RBIs — Fulton (Wiemken 2, Wayne); Riverdale (Mosher).