Christian Vonderheide had the luxury of choosing which was better.
It was either the grand slam, or a complete game shutout thrown by the right hander.
“They are both pretty equal,” Vonderheide said. “Pitching is more of my thing. The grand slam I got lucky. I swung hard, and I was lucky enough for it to go over the fence."
The win could be more important as Windsor/Stew-Stras pounded a 12-0 win over Charleston at CHS Field.
Alex Allen recorded a 4-for-4 afternoon, while Derek Moschenrose was also perfect, going 3-for-3. Each had two RBIs for a team that bashed 13 hits.
“We are just on at the plate right now,” Windsor/Stew-Stras coach Mike Taylor said. “We have 12 to 13 guys that are hitting extremely well. It's hard to get them all in. It's a nice problem to have.”
Allen was the focal point of the offense, leading the game off with a single. Brandon Helmuth followed with a walk, and the runners were in scoring position after Vonderheide moved them over with a grounder. Hayden Cole picked up the sac fly.
The bats continued to stay hot with a leadoff double from Bryse Bugger in the second inning. It was deja vu as Derek Maschenrose walked right after, and the runners were in scoring position after a grounder from Devin Deremiah.
This time, it was Allen with a RBI single and Helmuth notching a sac fly. Allen added another RBI single in the third inning in part to his four-hit day.
Allen's RBI came after a two-run single from Moschenrose in the three run inning that broke the game wide open in the co-op's favor. Cole added a RBI double in the sixth. Vonderheide's slam in the seventh inning closed the book on the Trojans.
“We knew that if they threw Vonderheide that we would have to keep it down to three or four runs,” said Charleston coach Derrick Landrus.
Jonah Moore was roughed up in the loss, allowing seven runs and 12 hits in six innings. Dallas Wilson and Kurt Smith combined for allowing the five-run seventh inning.
“We needed innings out of Jonah,” said Landrus. “We didn't have any relif pitching behind him. We have used them all up this week, and we have two games (today). Dallas and Kurt haven't pitched that much this year. We are a little banged up right now.”
Charleston did not find a hit until the third inning, a double coming from Mason McGahee. Charleston threatened with two hits in the fifth inning with two outs, but Vonderheide kept the Trojans on pins and needles.
Vonderheide finished with a line of seven innings of no runs, allowing just four hits, two walks, with six strikeouts.
“It's great having the run support behind you,” Vonderheide said. “You don't have to feel like you have to throw a perfect pitch every time.”
The loss drops Charleston to 4-9 on the season. The Trojans will conclude their up and down week by traveling to Salem today with an Apollo Conference doubleheader.
For Windsor/Stew-Stras, it was a big win for the Class 1A school. The win improved the team to 11-3 on the season with some confidence added with a win over a Class 3A school.
“This is the second 3A team we have played,” said Taylor. “We lost to Champaign Central. They are 16-0, and it was a good game. We have played a lot of 2A schools too. The kids want to compete. They believe they can compete with them. That's why they want to play this tougher competition.”
Windsor/Stew-Stras returns to action today at home. The team will first host Robinson at 10:00 a.m. and Cerro Gordo at 2:00.
Windsor/Stew-Stras 123 001 5 12 13 0
Charleston 000 000 0 0 4 3
WP - Vonderheide (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 R, 6 K, 2 BB) LP - Moore (6 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 K, 5 BB)
Windsor/Stew-Stras: Allen (4-4, 2 RBI, 2 R); Helmuth (0-3, RBI); Vonderheide (2-3, GS HR, 4 RBI, 2 R); Cole (2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R); Kramer (0-3, R); Ohnesorge (1-3, 2B, R); Bugger (1-4, 2B, R); Moschenrose (3-3, 2 RBI, R); Deremiah (0-3, R)
Charleston: Englekes (1-3); McGahee (1-3, 2B); Wilson (1-3); Crews (1-2)
Christian Vonderheide had the luxury of choosing which was better.
Newton's season ends in 14-4 loss
Newton Post 20 almost pulled another comeback off against the Orient Miners, cutting a 5-1 deficit to 5-4 midway through Monday night’s game.
But Newton’s Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament run came to an end, as Orient rattled off nine runs in the sixth inning and clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 14-4 win.
Comeback win keeps Post 20 alive in 10-7 win
Newton Post 120 didn’t let a 4-1 deficit get to them against Highland Post 439, using a patient approach in the face of an elimination game.
Three bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the third tied the game at 4-4, and with the bases loaded down 5-4 in the fourth, Tim Weber broke the game open with a two-run double and an error.
By the time the dust settled, Newton led 10-5 heading to the sixth inning and would hold on to a 10-7 win to keep its season alive.
Salem deals Newton first divisional loss
Mitch Bierman started off Newton Post 20’s game against Salem Post 128 with a bang Sunday afternoon, hitting a leadoff triple and scoring on the next batter.
Post 20’s offense didn’t follow his lead from there, as Newton had just three more hits and no runs, and falling in a Junior Legion Fifth Division winner’s bracket game to Salem 12-1 in seven innings.
Newton Post 20 bests Belleville Post 58 in opener 6-1
After a 9-3 loss to Breese Post 252 Gray Monday night, Newton Post 20 coach John Grunloh predicted the five-day break until the Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament would be good for his players, especially his pitchers.Mitch Jansen proved his coach right, spinning a gem in Newton's opener Saturday afternoon as Post 20 made short work of Belleville Post 58 6-1.
Hearts to prep with Mattoon 7-on-7
Two weeks ago, Effingham was supposed to start shaking off the rust with a 7-on-7 football tournament in Mattoon. Naturally, it rained and was canceled.
So Saturday, the Flaming Hearts will head up to Mattoon and play their first 7-on-7 event of the season, taking part in an 10- team field with Mattoon, Rochester, Robinson, Marshall, Cahokia and Pleasant Plains from Illinois, with Terre Haute North and Northview coming from Indiana. Rochester is bringing two squads.
Newton Post 20 plays Belleville Saturday
With the District 23 tournament behind them, Newton Post 20 now knows its fate for the Fifth Division Junior Legion tournament this weekend in Bethalto.
Newton will play Belleville Post 58 at 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Bethalto, in the third game of six on the day.
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.
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