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South Callaway baseball wins 5-2, spoiling Fulton's home finale

South Callaway baseball wins 5-2, spoiling Fulton's home finale

May 7th, 2019 by Greg Jackson in Sports Prep

There wasn't any scoring outside the sixth inning Monday between the Fulton Hornets and the South Callaway Bulldogs.

The two teams combined for seven runs in that frame, but South Callaway had the better inning, spoiling Fulton's final home game of the season with a 5-2 win at Darrell Davis Field.

South Callaway, ranked No. 5 in Class 3 by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association, improves to 20-8 with the win, the Bulldogs' fifth consecutive 20-win season.

Fulton dropped to 9-14 with the loss.

Prior to the sixth inning, the game was a pitcher's duel between Fulton's Evan Gray and South Callaway's Tyler Lepper and Peyton Leeper. Neither team had a hit until South Callaway's Jared Mistler and Dustin Loucks had back-to-back singles with two outs in the top of the fourth inning.

Fulton had three hits in the bottom half of the inning, but the Hornets lost a runner on the basepaths as Grant Derenzy was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on a single by Woodrow Foster.

South Callaway sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth inning, starting with back-to-back singles by Leeper and Drake Davidson. Dustin Loucks drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the Bulldogs' first run.

The next batter, Austin Loucks, hit a two-run single to right field. Caleb Hall plated another South Callaway run with a groundout and Devon Borghardt's RBI single extended the Bulldogs' lead to 5-0.

In the bottom half of the inning, Foster hit a one-out double to put runners at second and third base for the Hornets. Joe Hinchie's RBI single scored Gray, while Foster scored later in the inning on an error to cut South Callaway's lead to three runs.

Fulton drew a two-out walk in the seventh but was unable to get the tying run to the plate.

Gray took the no-decision for the Hornets. He pitched the first five innings without allowing a run, yielding just two hits and one walk while striking out two.

John Holtkamp took the loss. In two innings, he gave up five runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout.

For South Callaway, Leeper earned the win in relief. In three innings, he gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Lepper pitched three hitless innings to start the game, walking one and striking out two. Davidson pitched the seventh to earn the save, walking one and striking out one.

The two teams combined for 13 hits in the game, with only two going for extra bases. For Fulton, Foster and Hinchie each had two hits, while Leeper had a pair of hits for South Callaway.

Fulton will wrap up the regular season Wednesday with a North Central Missouri Conference game at Hannibal. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m., with the JV game to follow.

South Callaway announced Monday it has added a JV/varsity doubleheader Thursday against the Jefferson City Jays at Vivion Field. The varsity game starts at 5 p.m. with the JV game to follow.