Hounds get Mt. Pleasant in Substate 4 Class 3A opener Friday in Fort Madison
FORT MADISON – The Fort Madison boys got to celebrate senior night with a flare Tuesday night as they blew out Van Buren 19-4 highlighted by an 8-run third inning.
Senior hurler Garrett Hannum got in trouble early giving up a couple runs in the first inning due to an error in left with one out allowing two runs to come in for a quick 2-0 Van Buren lead.
Landes Williams would single to start things in the bottom half. After a groundout, Vasin Thurman singled to third and Tate Johnson would move him over with a fielder’s choice back to the pitcher that scored Williams, before Van Buren would get out of the inning with a ground out.
Taylor Sprouse opened the second with a double, but Hannum would settle in and retire the side without a run.
Fort Madison would get things turned around in the second with five runs highlighted by Johnson’s triple that turned into a three-run play when he came all the way around to score on an error in left, driving in both Jason and Vasin Thurman.
The Warriors would plate their final two runs in the top of the third when Casey Yochum blasted a home run to center scoring Treyton Bainbridge from first.
It was all Fort Madison from that point on including the 8-spot in the 3rd and another five runs in the fourth to set the 15-run rule after four innings, 19-4.
Johnson would double for two more RBI in the third and triple to center in the fourth scoring a run. Jason Thurman also had a 2 RBI double in the third.
Johnson went 3-for-4 with six RBI and three runs scored to lead Fort Madison. Johnson now has seven triples on the year and 10 doubles, while hitting .386. Jason Thurman leads the team in average at .437, while Vasin Thurman is just under .400 at .397. Landes Williams is hitting .386 for the 22-6 Hounds.
Hannum gave up six hits and four runs, three earned while fanning two and walking two. Vasin Thurman pitched the fourth allowing two hits.
The Hounds honored Jason and Vasin Thurman, Chandler Rung, Hannum as seniors in front of the Fort Madison fans before the game.
Fort Madison travels to Keokuk tonight in a change from a doubleheader originally slated for Thursday. New London canceled Wednesday’s originally scheduled game with Fort Madison.
The Hounds are scheduled to travel to Muscatine (21-11) to wrap up the regular season on Tuesday with regional action starting on Friday the 16th.
Substate brackets released Wednesday show Fort Madison will take on Mt. Pleasant in the opening round of Class 4A Substate 4 in Fort Madison starting at 7 p.m. Friday July 16. The winner will take on the winner of Central DeWitt/Fairfield on July 19 at a location to be determined. The substate final will be played July 21 at 7 p.m. at a site to be determined.
On the other side of the bracket is Davenport Assumption, Keokuk, Washington and Clear-Creek Amana.