Hornets open up new field with a win over Fatima

Fulton senior catcher Brandon Hammerstone hits a leadoff double in the first inning the Hornets 4-3 win over the Fatima Comets on Monday afternoon. The game was the first to be played in the Hornets brand new field located directly behind Fulton High School.

Fulton senior catcher Brandon Hammerstone hits a leadoff double in the first inning the Hornets 4-3 win over the Fatima Comets on Monday afternoon. The game was the first to be played in the Hornets brand new field located directly behind Fulton High School. Photo by Ryan Boland.

The Hornets won their second straight game as they opened up their new baseball stadium with a 4-3 win over the Fatima Comets on Monday afternoon. Former Hornets head coach Darrell Davis threw out the ceremonial first pitch and served as honorary coach for Fulton.

“It was a fun atmosphere and seeing Coach Davis throw out the first pitch and being an honorary coach was just like old times,” current Hornets coach Darren Masek said. “We were excited and it all turned out well.”

Senior Ben Menke was 1-for-2 with three RBI, including a two-run double to right center field in the bottom of the first inning to score senior catcher Brandon Hammerstone and senior outfielder Joel Matthews. Hammerstone was 2-for-3 on the day with a pair of doubles and Matthews was 2-for-2 with two singles.

Hornets senior pitcher Ryan Fritz got the complete game win, giving up three earned runs, seven hits and walking one batter while striking out five. Fritz gave up a run in the first, second and fifth innings but he got good offensive support from the Fulton battery.

“Ryan did great,” Masek said. “He had a couple of rough 0-2 pitches but settled down after that first inning, was very efficient and three a good ball game.”

The Hornets (6-6) play in North Central Missouri Conference road action today at 5 p.m. when they take on Kirksville. Fulton threw a combined no-hitter but still lost 3-2 in the two team’s last meeting on March 31.

South Callaway baseball..............21

Calvary Lutheran............................0

MOKANE — The Bulldogs rebounded from a 15-1 manhandling against the rival North Callaway Thunderbirds on Thursday to put a big crooked number of their own up on Monday night. South Callaway (7-4) held Calvary Lutheran to two hits on the day as junior Hunter Leeper allowed one hit and struck out six in three innings of work.

All but one South Callaway player got a base hit on the day with Smith and Hunter Kemper each getting three hits and two and three RBI respectively. Sophomore Bradley Smart was 3-for-3 with four RBI. Leeper also pitched in with three RBI and a home run.

“We came out and hit the ball really well tonight,” South Callaway coach Tucker Bartlett said. “We got great pitching and we were able to hit the ball well tonight and it was a great bounce back win.”

South Callaway’s junior varsity team won by a score of 11-1 over Calvery Lutheran on Monday. The Bulldogs host Hermann today starting at 5 p.m.

Fulton tennis (V/B).........................5

Troy................................................4

TROY — The Hornets ran their record to 4-5 on the season with a close win over Troy-Buchanan on Monday afternoon. Here are the results:

•No. 1 singles: Sophomore Josh Hurt (FHS) beat Mike Witte (TBHS) 10-5; No. 2: Senior Kody Renner (FHS) beat Brandon Carter (TBHS) 10-0; No. 3: Ross Henke (TBHS) def. sophomore Scott Strough (FHS) 10-6; No. 4: Kenny Dearing (TBHS) def. sophomore Trevor Steinbeck (FHS) (10-8); No. 5: Sophomore Phillip Barkho (FHS) def. Richie Turner (TBHS) (11-10(9)); No. 6: Patrick Kitson (TBHS) def. senior John Barden (10-6).

•No. 1 doubles: Hurt/Strough (FHS) def. Witte/Carter (TBHS) 10-8; No. 2: Renner/Steinbeck (FHS) def. Henke/Dearing (TBHS) 10-1; No. 3: Turner/Kitson (FHS) def. Barker/Burden (TBHS) 10-7.

“It was kind of a tough day with us down two guys so we were down starting from there,” Hornets coach Louis Schnoeblen said. “It’s good to get the win even though guys didn’t play well.

Fulton will play a makeup of the Marshall Tourney Thursday starting at 9 a.m.

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