Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


May 3, 2014

Windsor/Stew-Stras squeezes by Effingham 5-3

EFFINGHAM — Before the top of the seventh inning started, Windsor/Stew-Stras coach Mike Taylor knew some small ball might be necessary to break a 3-3 tie with Effingham.

He ended up being right. Christian Vonderheide reached on a single, took second on a passed ball and reached third on an error by Brennan Poland on a pickoff attempt.

With the go-ahead run 90 feet from home, Taylor gave Brandon Helmuth the green light for what he'd prepared for: a suicide squeeze.

Helmuth laid it down perfectly, scoring Vonderheide to break the tie. The Blue Devils scored once more to take home a 5-3 win over the Flaming Hearts.

"Before that inning, I went to Brandon and said 'You want a safety squeeze or suicide?' and without hesitation, he said suicide," Taylor said. "We had the perfect guys in that situation to do it, so it was a no-brainer."

Effingham had a chance in the bottom of the seventh, as Braydon Bone reached to start the frame. They tried a one-out hit-and-run with Carter Hayes, who popped out to Vonderheide at short and doubled up Bone to end the game.

Both halves of the seventh were tough for Effingham to swallow, said coach Chris Fleener.

"That's baseball and things like that happen," he said. "Maybe I should have made the change earlier, but we felt like we could get out of the inning and still had confidence in our bats."

The Flaming Hearts led early, scoring in the first inning on a Bone leadoff triple and a Mahaffey sacrifice fly.

But the Blue Devils got to Mahaffey on the mound, making a spot start for the Hearts, in the second. An error on a rundown between third and home kept Nic Hutchinson on the basepaths with no outs, and Derek Moschenrose had an RBI single and Josh Overbeck drove in two to make it 3-1.

Poland came in after four outs and pitched five innings of relief, taking the loss late.

"Having a conference game tomorrow, you try and save everyone's arm," Fleener said. "Kennan only pitched to one batter this year really, I was trying to get as much out of him as I could. He didn't do bad."

Effingham got the runs back in the fourth, scoring on a Preston Walker sacrifice fly and a Poland RBI single.

The Flaming Hearts left the bases loaded in the fourth, Windsor/Stew-Stras did the same in the fifth and Effingham had runners on first and second with two outs in the sixth, to no avail.

Mark Jones got the win, tossing all seven innings, giving up seven hits and three runs.

"Jonesy had his one rough inning there, he can't always start with a first-pitch curveball," Taylor said. "He bounced back and did well."

For Effingham, Bone was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run, Preston Walker was 2-for-2 and Poland was 2-for-3, both with RBIs.

Vonderheide was 3-for-4 on the day, scoring the go-ahead run. Overbeck, Moschenrose and Hutchinson each had one hit. Overbeck had two RBIs, with Moshcenrose and Hutchinson each knocking in one, huge for a Blue Devils team that wasn't at full strength.

"We got four RBIs from freshmen today who don't get to start everday, and without (Alex) Allen and (Devin) Deremiah in the lineup, that's a pretty nice win," Taylor said. "Shows we have some decent depth."

Windsor/Stew-Stras is now 18-5 and plays at the Clinton Invitational today. Effingham is 11-8 and has a doubleheader with Paris at 10 a.m.

Windsor/Stew-Stras     030     000     2     5 7 1

Effingham     100     200     0     3 7 3

WP - Jones (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 K, 3 BB) LP - Poland (5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 K, 3 BB)

W/SS: Vonderheide (3-4, R); Helmuth (1-2, RBI, R, 2 BB); Kramer (0-3, HBP); Cole (0-1, BB, 2 HBP); Hutchinson (1-4, RBI, R); Ohnesorge (0-4, R); Bugger (0-2, BB); Moschenrose (1-3, RBI, R); Overbeck (1-3, 2 RBI)

Effingham: Bone (2-4, 3B, R); Mahaffey (0-2, RBI, BB); Koenig (0-2, BB, R); Woltman (1-3, R); Daugherty (0-2, HBP, SB); Walker (2-2, RBI); Poland (2-2, RBI, SB); Koester (0-2, BB)


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