On Monday, behind the pitching of Scott Kuligowski (1-0), Fulton bested Marion 4-1, handing the Bobcats their seventh loss in nine games. The loss pushed the Bobcats 4.5 games off the pace set by league-leading Tradewater, who comes to town for a two-game series beginning Wednesday.
Manager Steve Fowler juggled his line-up a bit Monday, giving Jake Martin a day off and placing shortstop Drew Barrett in the leadoff position. Slugger Rob Dyer, who had 15 home runs for his college club at Stoney Brook University in New York, was moved back into the clean-up spot of the order.
In the No. 4 hole, Dyer showed his manager the decision was right. He batted in Andy Harris in the sixth with double for Marion's only score. Harris, who had not been expected to play because of a nagging back injury, started the game at second and set the table for Dyer with a walk in the sixth inning. He was moved into scoring position for Dyer on a wild pitch.
Dyer, batting .273 on the season, added a single to his night in the eighth. Barrett and outfielders Pat Murphy, Daniel Pugh and Mike Rizzuto each added hits for the Bobcats. The bottom third of the order was 1-for-11, with Rizzuto's single in the third accounting for the only hit.
On the mound, Bobcat starter Justin O'Brien (0-1) gave up three of Fulton's four runs in six innings of work, though one run was unearned. He gave up seven hits, a walk and striking out six. Reliever Bo Daves allowed another run in his one inning of work in the ninth. Ethan Utley and Paul Chiampa each contributed a scoreless inning of work. Fulton scored no more than a single run in any one inning.
Meantime, Marion's defense committed three more errors, bringing the season total to 23.
Fulton committed a pair of errors and allowed six hits. The lone run given up by Fulton is the fifth time the Bobcats have scored one or fewer runs.
For the Railroaders, Kuligowski pitched seven innings, walking two, allowing five hits and giving up Marion's only run. Matthew Harris pitched the final two innings.
Tuesday is an off-day for all KIT League teams.
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