NEW LONDON – Fort Madison put up four runs in the last two innings but couldn’t rally enough to overcome a 7-0 fifth inning deficit in Wednesday’s 7-4 loss to New London.
Senior Brandon Reichelt stayed hot going 2 for 4 with 2 doubles an RBI, his 10th this week, and a run scored. Tate Johnson was 2 for 3 with a double, an RBI and run scored. Landes Williams and Kane Williams had the other hits for Fort Madison.
Williams gave up a triple on his second pitch of the night to Josh Catala, and then issued a walk on five pitches to Kooper Schulte. Holvin Catala would sacrifice Josh Catala on a fly ball to right. Carter Allen would reach on an error at short moving Schulte to second. Tucker Gibbar then singled to center moving all the runners up.
Shae Summerfield then stroked a three-run double off Williams’ 2-0 offering into right for a 4-0 lead. New London would add another before Williams would get out of the inning on a fly out to right as the Tigers worked through the order.
Fort Madison would go 1-2-3 in the top of the 2nd. An error on an infield grounder would allow another Tiger run in with two outs in the second. Holvin Catala gave way to Josh Catala in the fourth holding the Hounds scoreless.
New London would pick up it’s last run in the bottom of the third when Jaxon Allen would score on a wild pitch after reaching on a lead-off single and moving over on a passed ball and a Seth Bailey single.
Williams got the Tigers three-up, three-down in the fourth and fifth innings and the Hounds came alive in the sixth.
Reichelt started things with a one-out double to right. Vasin Thurman grounded back to the pitcher holding things up, but then an infield error at first allowed Reiburn Turnbull to reach and score Reichelt with two outs.
Turnbull would move to second on the same error and then Tate Johnson would lace an 0-1 pitch into left field scoring Turnbull for a 7-2 game. Kane Williams shot a ball into center field scoring Johnson before a strikeout ended the frame.
Williams gave up a two-out walk in the bottom of the sixth but got a line out to center to end the inning.
Schulte took the mound for New London and struck out Garrett Hannum, but gave up a single to Landes Williams, who was then forced out at second on a fielder’s choice off Jason Thurman’s hit to third. Reichelt would hit his second double of the night to center scoring Thurman for a 7-4 game, but a ground out to short would end things.
Landes Williams went 5 2/3 innings giving up seven runs, four earned on seven hits and four walks in the loss. Jason Thurman came in for the final out.