BY PCC STAFF
DAVENPORT – Fort Madison’s boys baseball team is quickly making a name for itself with some early season wins including a split with Class 3A No. 2 Davenport Assumption on Tuesday.
The Hounds carried a 4-2 lead into the sixth inning of the opener only to fall 6-4 after giving up four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Fort Madison came back to take the nightcap 6-1 to earn the split and move to 3-1 on the season.
Assumption got one run each in the second and third inning of the opener off starter Matt Hopper. After a ground out to start the bottom of the second, Alex Good singled to center followed by a Max Stein single to right to put runners at 1st and 3rd. Tyler Welch then hit a sac fly RBI to left plating Good. Hopper got a ground out from there to end the inning.
After the Hounds went three-up, three-down in the third, Jay Costello bunted in the lead-off spot for Assumption and then stole second on the third pitch. A fielder’s choice would move him to third with one out. Then another sacrifice fly to center brought him in for a 2-0 lead. Another fly out to center ended the inning.
Fort Madison would tie things up in the fourth with a lead off single from Vasin Thurman. After a flyout, Colton Engeman would work a walk moving Thurman up. Hopper would fan and then Garrett Hannum would reach on a throwing error on a grounder to third. Thurman would come around to score on the play and Engeman and Hannum would both move up a base.
Engeman would get home on a passed ball before Kane Williams went down on a 3rd strike foul tip to end the inning 2-2.
Fort Madison would pick up two more in the top of the fifth with two outs. The first two hitters reached on walks forcing a Knight pitching change. Tate Settles, pinch running for Vasin Thurman, and Jason Thurman would execute a double steal to put runners at 2nd and 3rd. Then Tate Johnson took a 2-2 pitch hard past third scoring Settles and Thurman to make it 4-2 before the Knights got out of the jam on a ground out.
Fort Madison would retire the side scoreless in both the fourth and fifth innings, but the Knights would get to Hopper in the bottom of the sixth on a grand slam from Good to left field. Hopper gave up two singles and a walk before facing Good who hit a 1-1 offering out for what proved to be the game-winning runs.
The Bloodhounds would get the tying run to the plate in the 7th after Jason Thurman wore one with one out. Reiburn Turnbull came in to pinch run and stole second on the first pitch. But Vasin Thurman grounded back to the pitcher for the second out, moving Turnbull to 3rd, but Adam Heinrichs would get Johnson swinging to end the game.
Johnson went 1-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBI to lead Fort Madison in the opener. Hopper went the distance giving up all six runs earned and walking one with no strikeouts on nine hits.
In the night cap, Hannum took to the mound and held the Knights in check 4 1/3 innings before giving way to Jason Thurman who came in and got the save.
Hannum gave up just one run in the third inning, after Fort Madison put up four in the first inning.
Fort Madison loaded the bases in the first on two walks and a single. Johnson then drew the third walk before any outs were recorded to score lead-off hitter Landes Williams. Turnbull then singled to center, scoring Jason Thurman in what would prove to be the game-winner. Vasin Thurman and Johnson both advanced loading the bases.
Engeman then hit into fielder’s choice where Johnson was forced at home. But a throw to try and double off a base runner got away allowing Vasin Thurman to score and Engeman and Turnbull to advance a base.
Hannum would then lay down a bunt and reach on an error bringing Turnbull in to score and make it 4-0. Hannum would get caught trying to pilfer second base and Hopper would go down on strikes to end the threat.
Fort Madison would tag on two more insurance runs in the top of the 7th before Jason Thurman slammed the door in the bottom half for the win.
Thurman and Turnbull each had two hits in the night cap. Thurman scored two runs and Turnbull had 2 RBI. Johnson and Hannum had an RBI a piece in the win. Hannum walked four and gave up just three hits in four innings of work. Thurman recorded a strike out and allowed two hits in his 2 2/3 innings.
Fort Madison travels to Washington to open Southeast Conference action Thursday night.