The Owensboro RiverDawgs got off to a hot start Wednesday night, but a couple of big innings down the stretch allowed the Fulton Railroaders to take a 10-4 Ohio Valley League baseball victory at Chautauqua Park's Independence Field.
Fulton (6-4) scored its first run in the opening inning on a sacrifice fly, but the RiverDawgs (5-4) answered back with four runs over the next two innings.
Kyle Hogwood led off the bottom of the first with a walk, stole second, stole third and then scored on Kirk Liebert's groundout, followed four batters later by Michael Wymann's RBI single that scored Ian Ellis, who got on with a single.
Up 2-1, Owensboro added to its lead in the second on Liebert's two-RBI single that scored Jacob Hartline and Tanner Singleton, who both drew walks to open the frame.
However, those were all the runs the RiverDawgs could muster.
The Railroaders notched a run in the fourth, followed by a four-run explosion for a 6-4 lead in the fifth inning. Three more runs in the eighth inning essentially sealed the victory, followed by an insurance run in the ninth that provided the game's final margin.
Fulton finished with 14 hits, drew eight walks and took advantage of four Owensboro errors.
"We got off to a good start. We had the one bad inning," said RiverDawgs manager Vic Evans Jr., whose club dropped its third straight game. "Right now in this little three-game stretch here, we're not doing some of the little things. We're walking a few too many guys and putting ourselves in a tough position.
"It's such a long grind, you're gonna have stretches like this, so the big key is we stay together as a team."
Liebert, a former Daviess County High School standout, drove in a game-best three runs, while Wymann finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
"Early in the game, we had really good approaches," said Evans, whose team ended the game with six hits. "I thought when they had the big inning and went up 6-4, I thought for the first time all year we kind of got out of that approach. We got a little anxious and we chased some pitches we hadn't normally been chasing. ... That happens sometimes."
The emphasis moving forward for the RiverDawgs -- who embark on a four-game road trip beginning Thursday -- will be to clean up their little mistakes.
"Really, it's just us throwing strikes and not putting people on base," Evans said. "If you look back at the games we've lost, we walked a ton. In this league, especially with the wood bat, you're gonna give up some hits. The key is giving up a single or double with nobody on base. You can't walk two and then give up the base hit.
"I think that's the big key, and tightening it up defensively. We had some lapses on defense tonight."
Landon Ezzell went 3-for-6 and scored twice for the Railroaders, while O'Neil Burgos and Chance Foss drove in two runs apiece.
Despite his squad's recent struggles, Evans remains confident in his players.
"When you get a losing streak going, everybody wants to press and be the guy to get the big hit or the big play," he said. "We have to make sure we pull back the reins a little bit and still make the routine play.
"I won't trade my team for anybody's right now. I still like my guys, and we'll find a way."
FULTON 100-140-031 -- 10-14-2
OWENSBORO 220-000-000 -- 4-6-4
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