Hornets stumble again, drop suspended game

The Fulton Hornets were unable to protect a lead they had owned for close to three weeks.

Hannibal manufactured the decisive run in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday afternoon as the Pirates clipped Fulton 7-6 in the completion of a suspended North Central Missouri Conference game.

The contest had been stopped because of rain on April 21, with the Hornets leading 5-4 going into the bottom of the third.

“I don’t have any experience with it (suspended games) in 20-plus years of coaching,” Fulton head coach Darren Masek said. “The game is much shorter and you don’t have near as much time to overcome mistakes, and we made mistakes today.”

The Hornets — who also lost to Hannibal 4-3 on April 8 in Fulton — committed five errors and managed just four hits Tuesday in slipping to 12-9 overall and 6-5 in the NCMC. Fulton has now lost three straight after assembling an eight-game winning streak.

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