“I just kind of went for it and it worked out all right,” Jones said about his bunt that loaded the bases.
As good as Dail was in the first game, Ethan Jones was his equal in the last one, a 5-2 Fulton win over Amboy.
“It’s a big thing having those two guys (Dail and Jones); they do a great job of getting on the mound knowing they’ve got to go a long ways and protect the rest of our guys,” Steamers coach Jayme Farrell said.
Jones didn’t have his best stuff against Amboy, but he did well with what he had and relied on his defense to fill gaps, which they did without hesitation. Amboy starter Taylor Ikens matched Jones through the first five innings before the sixth turned disastrous for the Clippers.
The Clippers pushed a run across the plate in the fifth inning to take the lead back after Fulton tied it the half-inning before. A double by leadoff man Spencer Johnson and a stolen base were followed by an RBI single up the middle from catcher Bailey Applemen to put the Clippers up 2-1.
The lead wouldn’t last long.
Fulton tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the fifth when Ethan Jones worked a leadoff walk and later came around to score another Paul Velasco double to the gap.
Fulton took over the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth.
After two quick outs, the Steamers wanted to avoid going to extra innings, especially with their packed schedule through the weekend. Tichler came to the plate, working the count to 2-2 before lacing a single up the middle. Dail and Ethan Jones walked to load the bases for cleanup man Austin Manon.
Amboy replaced Ikens with Tyson Powers, who looked to have had the inning wrapped up in one pitch. Manon fouled it off to the right side, but as Appleman drifted over, he overran the ball as it glanced off his mitt, giving Manon new life at the plate.