(PHOTO: Fulton third baseman Zack Spradlin drilled a grand slam home run to give his team the lead against Grenada in the Dizzy Dean State Tournament in Louisville. - Photo by Rob Williams)
By ROB WILLIAMS
Fulton's 14-year-old Dizzy Dean team got to the title game, sweeping through their state tournament with very few bumps in the road.
The Indians were 4-0 heading into the championship game. The title game was scheduled for Monday, but had to be postponed when heavy rains struck Louisville late Monday afternoon.
** Fulton 16 - Brandon 0 **
They opened the tournament with a 16-0 shellacking of Brandon. The Indians' offense featured the long ball as Strode, Comer and Johnson all homered in the game. Strode and Comer each had two-run dingers and Johnson smashed a grand slam.
Comer pitched the first three innings to earn the win and Mat Cox mopped up.
** Fulton 3 - Lafayette Co. 0 **
The bats weren't as hot, but the Indians got the win over Lafayette County in game two.
The pitching trio of Johnson, Cox and Comer kept the Commodores off the board as the Indians picked up the 3-0 victory and stay in the winner's bracket.
** Fulton 13 - Grenada 9 **
The team from Grenada finally got to the Indians' pitching in game three, but the tribe's bats were sizzling again in the 13-9 win.
The long ball prevailed again as the teams hit three grand slam home runs in the game. Johnson did the honors first with his inside-the-park grand slam in the first inning.
Grenada took the lead on a grand slam in the fourth inning, but Zack Spradlin returned the favor with a grand slam for Fulton to put the Indians back in front. Spradlin's bomb was part of an Indians' two-out six-run rally in the fifth inning.
Cox started and finished the the game for Fulton to get the win. Cox and James Farris pitched in relief before Cox returned to close out the game. A Grenada three-run homer in the seventh brought Cox back to the mound.
** Fulton 16 - Forest Hill 0 **
The Indians' hot bats got even hotter as they pounded out a 16-0 four-inning win over Forest Hill to get to the finals.
Forest Hill had only one base runner in the game. A single in the top of the fourth broke up Johnson's perfect game for the Indians.