By Rob Tetro
The Fulton varsity baseball team went 1-3 in its first four games of the season.
Fulton began the season with a solid 21-9 win over Chittenango April 10. But the next three games were not as successful.
The Red Raiders were shut out by Jamesville-DeWitt April 11 by a score of 10-0. Then they had a double header with county foe Central Square April 12 and the Redhawks took both games,
In the Chittenango game, Chittenango jumped out to an early lead of 3-1 in the first inning. But Fulton took over during the next three innings, outscoring Chittenango 13-4 during the second, third and fourth innings to take a 14-7 lead.
Fulton continued to pour it on down the stretch. They outscored Chittenango 7-2 during the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to cap off a 21-9 win.
Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Cameron Clark, who had 5 hits and 4 RBIs. Following Clark was Jon Cummins with 5 hits and 3 RBIs including a homerun. Cody Green had 4 hits and 6 RBIs including a homerun. Michael Bolster chipped in 3 hits and 2 RBIs while Jake Seymour hit a 1-run homerun and Chris Jones added a hit and an RBI.
Devon Rivera and Jeremy Langdon combined for 2 hits and an RBI for Fulton.
On the mound, Fulton was led by George Lewis with 4 strikeouts while allowing 7 runs on 4 hits in 5 and 1/3 innings of work. In relief of Lewis, Ravesi threw 2 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs on 2 hits in 1 and 2/3 innings of work.
Against J-D, the Red Rams got off to a solid start and didn’t look back. They built a 4-0 lead during the first inning and then added to their lead during the next 2 innings.
J-D added 3 more runs during the second and third innings to take a 7-0 lead and then put the game out of reach during the next 2 innings. They added 3 more runs during the fourth and fifth innings to cap off a 10-0 win.
Fulton was led by Dillon Guernsey with 2 hits. Following Guernsey was Michael Bolster, Cameron Clark, Jon Cummins, Cody Green and Jeremy Langdon, each with 1 hit.
Dan Coant started the game for Fulton on the mound. In 2 and 1/3 innings of work, Coant allowed 7 runs off 7 hits. Dillon Guernsey pitched in relief of Coant and threw 3 strikeouts and allowed 3 runs off 3 hits in 1 and 2/3 innings of work.
Fulton’s struggles continued when they took on Central Square in a doubleheader April 12.
In the first game, Central Square set the stage for an impressive effort during the first inning, jumping out to a 7-0 lead. The Red Hawks added 2 more runs during the third and fourth innings en route to a 9-0 win.
Leading the way for Central Square was Tim Traub with 3 hits and an RBI against the Red Raiders. Following Traub was Gage Lanning with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, Parker Reese with 2 hits and an RBI, Mike Byrne added a hit and an RBI while Nat Budge, Zac Catlin, Zach Karl, Brad Lyboult and Mike Tolone combined for 6 hits and an RBI for Central Square.
On the mound, Central Square was led by Brad Lyboult, who threw 1 strikeout while allowing only 2 hits in 3 innings of work. Scott Rogers clinched the save in relief of Lyboult, throwing a strikeout while allowing only 3 hits in 4 innings of playing time.
Fulton was led by Michael Bolster with 2 hits, followed by Chris Jones with a hit.
On the mound, the Red Raiders were led by Michael Bolster who allowed 8 runs off 8 hits in 3 innings of work. In relief of Bolster, Charles Alton threw 2 strikeouts while allowing a run off of 5 hits in 3 innings of playing time.
Central Square maintained its dominant ways in the second game.
Fulton got off to a decent start, putting up a 3-1 lead after 2 innings.
But the Red Hawks stormed ahead during the next 3 innings, scoring 13 unanswered runs during the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 14-3 lead. After the final two innings were evenly played, the Red Raiders were unable to cut into the lead. Central Square rolled to a 16-5 win.
Leading the way for Central Square were Mike Tolone and Cory Rogers, who each had 2 hits and 3 RBIs. Following Tolone and Rogers were Nate Budge, Zac Catlin and Gage Lanning with 2 hits and an RBI each. Kyle Bacon chipped in a hit and an RBI, while Mike Byrne, Nick Field, Parker Reese, Nick Romano and Tim Traub combined for 6 hits for Central Square.
Mike Tolone earned the win for Central Square with 8 strikeouts while allowing 11 hits in the complete game.
The Red Raiders were led by Kirby LaBeef with a hit and 2 RBIs. Following LaBeef was Jon Cummins with a hit and an RBI, while Michael Bolster, Charles Alton, Cameron Clark, Dan Coant, Cody Green and Peter Ravesi combined for 10 hits.
On the mound, Nick Summerville led Fulton with 2 strikeouts while allowing 5 runs off of 5 hits in 2 innings of play. Following Summerville was Jake Seymour who allowed 9 runs off of 9 hits in 3 innings on the mound. Jeremy Langdon allowed 2 runs off of 3 hits in an inning of work.