BY ETHAN LILLARD
DAVENPORT- For the first time this season, Fort Madison baseball dropped three games in a row after falling in game one of a doubleheader 8-1 to Davenport North. The Bloodhounds then rallied and picked up game No. 2 by the final of 4-2.
Coming off a doubleheader that saw the Hounds get swept by Washington by a combined 21-0, Fort Madison needed to rebound in a big way. They did, but not in game one.
The Bloodhounds actually snatched the momentum first in the top of the second inning after Jace Burgher got on base with a walk and later came around to score on a Kane Williams single. The momentum was short-lived, as Davenport North then put together a four-run home-half of the inning to take the lead.
Davenport added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a walk, two singles, a sacrifice fly and a double. The final run came the next inning after an error and a double helped secure the 8-1 lead that Davenport North would hold until the end.
Jordyn Gerdes was hit with the loss in game one, going five innings on 94 pitches, allowing nine hits and three earned runs. Gerdes struck out two and walked two. Garrett Hannum came on for an inning of relief, giving up just one hit and one walk.
Fort Madison collected the two runs of the game again in the second contest of the double bill. Vasin Thurman singled in the top of the second, before Landes Williams followed with a single of his own. A double from Burgher in the next at-bat cleared the bases and gave Fort Madison the 2-0 advantage.
Reed Fehseke started off the third with a double and was brought around to score on a Vasin Thurman two-out single that extended the lead to 3-0.
Fehseke again sparked a score for the Hounds in the top of the fifth, reaching base on an error by the Davenport North shortstop. A Gerdes single moved Fehseke to third, before Thurman again came up clutch. Thurman hit a hard hit ball to short that was mishandled again, allowing Fehseke to score for the 4-0 lead.
Davenport North responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth and one more in the bottom of the sixth, but it wasn’t enough, as Fort Madison went on to win by the final of 4-2.
Vasin Thurman and Burgher led the way for the Bloodhounds with two RBIs each. Landes Williams picked up the win, throwing 73 pitches over five innings. Williams allowed just two hits and one earned run while striking out four batters. Fehseke came on in relief for two innings of work, throwing 12 pitches and allowing just a single hit.
Fort Madison is now 9-10 on the year and will next take on Southeast conference foe Fairfield in another doubleheader Monday back at Fort Madison High School.