Behind seven strong innings of pitching by Samantha Austin and an opportunistic offense, St. Elmo/Brownstown grabbed its biggest win of the season by taking down St. Anthony 5-2 Monday. The Eagles never trailed, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning and only allowing St. Anthony to briefly tie the game after four innings. St. Elmo scored thanks to walks, double steals, errors and timely hitting in the upset victory. "They're always tough, I'm not sure if we've even beaten them since the seniors came in," said St. Elmo/Brownstown coach Megan Burrus. "A big win for us."Things kicked off quickly for St. Elmo, as its first two batters walked against pitcher Meghan Woltman. Sarah Maxey was thrown out trying to steal. Two batters later, Danie Austin and Megan Maxey executed a perfect double steal to go up 1-0. Maxey would go to third on a wild pitch, and score on an RBI single by Samantha Austin to go up 2-0. St. Anthony had an opportunity to come right back, as the first three runners reached on infield singles, the last by Makayla Walsh driving in a run. But Austin forced two groundouts and a popup to end the inning up 2-1. The next few innings were dominated by the pitchers, with the Bulldogs putting two runners on in the second but failing to drive them in. It would become a theme for the day for St. Anthony. "We got the runners on, but we didn't move them in," said St. Anthony coach Crystal Tipton. "Obviously, I'm not pleased with this game and the girls aren't happy. "They didn't come today, so we hope the bats wake up tomorrow."St. Anthony broke through in the bottom of the fourth, after a leadoff single by Woltman and a double by D.J. Brummer. Maddy Schuette flew out to center, keeping the runners at second and third. Paige Koester struck out, but Woltman scored on a dropped third strike. With the game tied and two out, Morgan Gardewine grounded out to Baylee Scholes to end the inning. Megan Maxey got the Eagles right back in the lead, lacing a out-out triple down the left field line in the top of the fifth. Savannah Feezel ripped an RBI single up the middle, and would come around to score with two outs on a Walsh error. The 4-2 lead would be enough, although Feezel singled and came around to score again in the seventh. St. Anthony threatened in the sixth, loading up the bases with two outs, only to see Gardewine hit into a fielder's choice by Scholes. Austin allowed seven hits in seven innings, walked two and struck out four to lead the Eagles to victory. She also had an two singles and an RBI, and Feezel had two singles, one RBI and scored twice on the game. "We had a lot of timely hitting, the walks were key for us, we had a good day Saturday hitting and I think it carried over and made this win possible. Woltman pitched seven innings as well, allowing five runs (one earned) and five hits on the game. "Right from the very start, we had two walks and an error, two unearned runs off the bat snowballs things," Tipton said. "We like our pitchers to come out and get ahead so we can work with our pitch placement."Paige Koester and Gardewine each had a single and a stolen base, Brummer had a double, and Walsh, Kristen Schuette and Woltman each had a single.St. Anthony falls to 4-4 on the year, and they play at Neoga at 6 p.m. today. St. Elmo/Brownstown improves to 4-9 on season, and they play at Dieterich at 4 p.m. Wednesday. "Every win is huge for us," Burrus said. "It gives us motivation to keep plucking away with the conference tournament right around the corner."
SEB 200 020 1 5 5 4 St. Anthony 100 100 0 2 6 5WP - Austin LP - Woltman
St. Elmo: M. Maxey (1-4, 3B, 2 R); Feezel (2-4, RBI, 2 R); S. Austin (1-4, RBI)St. Anthony: Koester (1B, SB, R), Gardewine (1B, SB), Brummer (2B), Woltman (1B, R)