EAST PEORIA – Two teams entered the Class 2A IESA state ball tournament undefeated this weekend, and Paris Crestwood entered the state championship game undefeated. Both of those teams lost to Teutopolis, as the Wooden Shoes took out both Carrollton GS in the quarters and Paris in the state championship. Teutopolis clinched its second state championship in four years with an 11-8 win over Paris Saturday afternoon. T-Town was also the 2A state champion in 2011 with a win over Crest Hill Richland.The championship game was an offensive battle, with a Cody Jansen grand slam in the second inning putting Teutopolis up 6-3 early. Paris grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third, but couldn’t hold on. Down 7-6, Teutopolis scored two in the fourth and the fifth each, and added one in the sixth to claim a lead it would never relinquish. In addition to Jansen’s grand slam, Ethyn Dust was 1-for-2 with a double and three RBIs, Collin Funneman was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Lee Hardiek was 3-for-3 with an RBI and Jackson Goeckner went 3-for-4 and scored three runs. Funneman earned the win on the mound with five innings of work, allowing seven runs while striking four. Hardiek pitched the final two innings and earned the save. To advance to the state title, Teutopolis first had to battle Maroa-Forsyth in the semifinals Saturday. It wasn’t much of a battle, as T-Town mercied M-F in three innings with a 16-1 win. Teutopolis scored four runs in both the first and second innings and finished off the game in short work with an eight-run third inning.Drew Thoele was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a home run. Goeckner was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a double, Hardiek was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a double, Michael Deters was 2-for-2 with four RBIs and Dust was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Hardiek, in addition to his save in the state championship game, earned the win against Maroa-Forsyth with three innings pitched while allowing two hits and one run. Teutopolis also finished second in 2010 and 2008, while claiming the title in 2011. The Effingham area has had the last three 2A IESA state champions, with Jasper County winning last year’s state crown. Altamont Lutheran and North Clay were also scheduled to play in the SIJHSAA state tournaments Saturday, both the Class M and Class S games were rained out. Both schools will play today.
Vonderheide, W/SS win at Charleston 12-0
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.
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I woke up early Friday morning and did something I never do these days -- I flipped on SportsCenter.
It was the top of the 7 a.m. hour, and unshockingly, ESPN led with discussion of the playoffs.
What left me flabbergasted was they were leading with the NHL playoffs, as I was truly unaware ESPN remembered that hockey was a sport.
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Power surge: Homers help Shoes beat Comets 8-4
Teutopolis broke open a close game with four home runs and remained undefeated with an 8-4 win over Stew-Stras/Windsor Thursday afternoon.
Cutts carries Cumberland to 4-3 win
His first three hits were no doubters, but Blayke Cutts’ fourth hit on Thursday was a high bouncer over the glove of Olney third baseman Peyton Billington to win in a walk-off.
McNamee: Questions about EIU's Jimmy G
The typical phrase used in situations like this, I think, is: “He shows potential.” I may not have believed anything I was saying, but at least he was in line to be a four-year starter; at least, he had that.
Pirates push past Flaming Hearts 10-2
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Newton walks off against Dieterich
For the second straight game, Newton earned a win via the walkoff, this time as Caleb Chesnut drove in the game-winning run with two outs to down Dieterich 5-4.
Walsh, Bulldogs fend off Newton 17-8
Makayla Walsh played the role of starter and stopper.
She relieved St. Anthony pitcher Jenna Woltman, who was struggling to locate her pitches, and stopped the bleeding during a four-run fourth inning.
Flaming Hearts handle Olney
Effingham cruised to its second dual win of the year, taking all nine matches from Olney Tuesday afternoon.
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