Beecher City head coach Jason Eirhart had a feeling.
His “gut feeling” was that his team wouldn’t play well and he was right. He said the Eagles didn’t come to play in Saturday’s consolation championship of the National Trail Conference tournament. St. Elmo/Brownstown did, though, and got to leave Altamont winners on Saturday, 63-37.
S/EB head coach Greg Feezel said the second game on Saturday wasn’t necessarily the one he’d like to be playing in — referencing the later third- and first-place games — but he’ll take it.
“You’d like to play in these other ball games, but from the way we started against Neoga (on Tuesday), this helps,” Feezel said. “The boys will leave here and can relax this weekend.”
The Eagles built a lead quickly on Beecher City, building on a 15-8 lead with a 7-0 run to start the second quarter. They led by 17 points at halftime.
Beecher City came off of a close victory over Stew-Stras Friday night to play Saturday morning, but Eirhart said he wasn’t sure why his team didn’t play well.
“We didn’t get it done,” Eirhart said. “We weren’t ready.”
S/EB came out in the third quarter and built the lead even more, starting the half on a 6-2 run and ending the quarter with a 21-point lead.
Jacob Behrends scored his 1,000th career point in the first minute of the fourth quarter, about three minutes before he fouled out of the game.
Behrends became the second Eagles player to reach the milestone at the NTC tournament, joining teammate Levi Maxey.
Maxey reached the milestone in the Eagles’ win over Windsor on Thursday, while Behrends toughed it out on Saturday. He left the game in the first quarter after taking an elbow to the face, drawing blood.
“I thought, ‘This is a rough way to get your thousand points,’” Feezel said. “I’m proud of him for it.”
Landon Feezel made a 3-pointer with 5:21 left in the game to give the Eagles a 30-point lead, 57-25.
Eirhart said his team let opportunities go by turning the ball over “20 or 25 times” in the game, many in the second half.
He said that often results in 20- to 25-point losses like it did on Saturday, losing by 26 points.
“That’s got to stop,” Eirhart said. “Guys are either going to start doing it or I’m going to start playing other guys. I told them they’re lucky that it’s probably better they don’t have to practice (Monday and Tuesday).”
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Beecher City 8 10 7 12 37
St. Elmo/Brownstown 15 20 11 17 63
BC: Gardner 6, Giles 3, Doty 5, Bales 4, Lagerhausen 6, Rexroad 8, Kenter 4, Shelton 1
SE/B: Miller 2, M. Maxey 12, L. Maxey 21, Behrends 8, Smithson 6, Feezel 10, Hardimon 3
Behrends hits 1,000 points
Beecher City head coach Jason Eirhart had a feeling.
Effingham's season comes to a close with 11-1 loss to Salem
A 1-0 lead for Effingham Post 120 rapidly evaporated, and the post’s Junior Legion season came to an end with a 11-1 loss in five innings to Salem Post 128 Tuesday night.
The game was for the final spot of District 23 in the divisional tournament, with Newton Post 20 and Breese Post 252 Gray punching their tickets by winning their district divisions.
Newton Post 20 falls short against Breese Gray 9-3
While the District 23 title ultimately exceeded Newton Post 20’s grasp, their season will continue in Bethalto.
Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
“The innings where they put some runs on us, we gave them some extra outs,” said Newton coach John Grunloh. “You’ve got to make the plays when you play better teams.”
Barnes' one-hitter boosts Post 120; Effingham beats Dieterich 1-0
Ryan Barnes hasn’t seen a lot of time with Effingham Post 120’s junior legion team this season, but he showed up in a big way Monday night in a 1-0 win over Dieterich Post 628.
The win kept Effingham’s season alive one more day in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament, as the post will face Salem Post 128 at 5:30 p.m. today for the district’s final spot in the divisional round. Salem Post 128 downed Mt. Vernon Post 141 1-0 in the West Division loser’s bracket, setting up the final with Effingham today.
Newton Post 20 tops Effingham Post 120 7-5 late
Most of the games at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament have seen pitching take control, but the pitchers in Sunday night's Effingham Post 120/Newton Post 20 game faced an uphill battle.
While Brock Mammoser started the game for Post 20 on the hill and struggled, he came through with the biggest hit in the game, putting Newton up for good in a 7-5 win over Effingham.
Dieterich Post 628 eliminates Teutopolis Post 924 3-2
Errors proved to be Teutpolis Post 924's undoing against Dieterich Post 628, as Dieterich's sixth-inning rally in an 3-2 win were boosted by three Teutopolis errors
To lead off the sixth, Trenton Poe reached on an error by Brock Bueker, and came around to score on an infield single by Ryan Radloff with a throwing error on Bueker. Poe was already on third when the ball went in the Teutopolis dugout, awarding Poe home to tie the game.
Bryce McClain followed with an RBI single to score Radloff and put Post 628 up for good. Dieterich scored again on a Briar Schmidt groundout where first baseman Brant Bueker tried to get an inning-ending out at second, but the throw was wild and brought home McClain.
Teutopolis, Deters down Altamont Post 512 2-0
TEUTOPOLIS — Lucas Deters didn't get a ton of run support from his Teutopolis Post 924 teammates, but he didn't need much in a complete-game shutout, and Teutopolis ended Altamont Post 512's season with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon.
Deters' efforts at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament kept Teutopolis alive in the loser's bracket to face Dieterich Post 628 immediately following the win.
Two-out rally pushes Dieterich to win; Post 628 beats Vandalia Post 95 4-3
Down one with two outs and Vandalia Post 95 ace Zach Schaal coming in in relief, Dieterich Post 628 had a tough task to keep its season alive.
But down 3-2, Cole Hartke and Charlie Thoele laced back-to-back singles to score Briar Schmidt and Flach, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead.
Clayton Campton held the lead in the seventh, striking out two and getting Post 95 in order to keep Dieterich's season alive.
Late Newton rally downs Robinson 4-2
Newton Post 20 rarely had an answer for Robinson Post 69's Brayden Burch, but thanks to a few key Robinson errors, Newton took their District 23 opener 4-2 Friday night.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Mitch Jansen led off with a walk, followed by Tim Weber reaching on an error by Robinson shortstop Zander Laino and a bunt single by Luke Geier.
Mike Carr came through with a bloop single to center, scoring Jansen to put Newton up 2-1.Burch struck out John Grunloh and Joe Stone, but second baseman Cameron Neese booted a grounder by Mitch Bierman and two more runs scored.
Teutopolis takes down South Central 3-1
Teutopolis Post 924 scored its first run two batters into the game and would never trail from there, holding off late rallies from South Central Post 519 to win 3-1 at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament Friday night.
Post 120 pulls away from Dieterich
A pitcher’s duel between Effingham’s Will Clausius and Dieterich’s Charlie Thoele broke not at the plate, but on the mound.
Tied 0-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Effingham Post 120 got its first run via a bases-loaded, two out balk. The lead would hold up as Post 120’s offense sparked, and Effingham beat Dieterich Post 628 5-0 in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament opener.
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