Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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September 27, 2013

Behrends goes bonkers

VANDALIA — Jacob Behrends didn't have too much to say about his performance on Thursday in the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament championship. And he didn't need to say much.

His 22 strikeouts pretty much did the talking.

The Brownstown/St. Elmo senior recorded every single out against Patoka via the strikeout, including four in one inning and 11 straight to close out the second-seeded Bombers 3-0 win over the top-seeded Warriors.

"I don't even know what you say about that," Bombers coach Ryan Beccue said. "You definitely know when Jake's pitching it's going to give us a great chance to win. When he throws the ball the way he's capable of, we feel great about our chances. The 22 strikeouts is just above and beyond what you'd ever expect."

In just its first year of existence, Behrends established a Brownstown/St. Elmo co-op record that will likely never be broken. And he also easily broke both schools' previous single-game K records. St. Elmo's record was 19 strikeouts, while Brownstown's is believed to be 19.

"He blew that thing out of the water," Beccue said of the St. Elmo record. "I didn't think (19) would be touched."

Patoka (9-4) came up with two clean singles off Behrends, but those were the only two fair balls they managed off the big righty. Behrends worked at a furious pace and he pumped in strike after strike, recording several of his Ks on three pitches while walking just one on the night.

"He always works fast," Beccue said. "That's usually how he works. But there was a little extra zip on it tonight. Everything was working. And once you get into a rhythm like he did in the first couple innings, there's no need to slow it down."

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