The Owensboro Oilers lost late and hard to the Fulton Railroaders in Owensboro on Sunday night. The final score was Oilers 2 to Railroaders 3.
The Oilers got off to an early lead with two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. Jakob Shuler led off the game with a double, then moved to third base on a balk call.One out later, Chase Andrews was hit by a pitch. Shuler scored and Andrews went to third base on a RBI single from Tanner Kehrer. Andrews came in on a wild pitch. At the end of one complete inning the score was 2-0 in favor of the Oilers.
At the end of seven complete innings the score was still 2-0, thanks in large part to the timely effectiveness of both starters. For Owensboro Koby Silvy went 5.67 innings of shutout baseball, though he walked seven batters, he had as many strikeouts at effective times. For Fulton, Pablo Arevalo went six innings, using six strikeouts against two walks to allow no more than the two runs scored in the 1st inning.
The Railroaders tied the game with two runs in the top of the 8th inning.Cody Mitchell was hit by a pitch leading off and Owen Parsons followed with a walk. A wild pitch moved both runners up a base. Two strikeouts followed before a defensive error on a ground ball that might have ended the frame allowed both Mitchell and Parsons to score instead. Fulton took the lead with one run in the top of the 9th inning. Zell Walker led off hit by a pitch, and Paul Salata reached on an error in the outfield, putting runners at first and second bases. A sacrifice bunt, moved both men up a base. Walker scored just ahead of a tag at the plate off a RBI sacrifice fly by Mitchell.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, the Oilers lead off hitter reached, and one out later, a single moved the potential tying run to second base, and a wild pitch moved that run to third base with the potential winning run at second base. Back-to-back strikeouts squelched the rally and ended the game 3 to 2 in the guests' favor.
Fulton reliever James Geiger picked up the win.
Owensboro reliever Brady Austin took the loss.
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