EFFINGHAM — UPDATE, AS OF 1:55 p.m. Friday: The remainder of the baseball City Series games have been canceled. This story is from Friday morning's edition of the Daily News, before the cancellation.
The longer the bottom of the first inning went in game two of Thursday’s City Series doubleheader, the heavier the rain fell from the dark clouds overhead.
Effingham scored a pair of runs on four hits as rain soaked the players’ jerseys and dripped off the bills of their hats, before play was stopped and later suspended.
The second game of the three-game City Series will continue where it left off, with two outs and a runner on first base in the bottom of the first inning, at 4:30 p.m. today at Paul Smith Field — weather permitting, of course. The start of the series, slated for Wednesday, was washed out and moved into a Thursday doubleheader.
The Flaming Hearts beat St. Anthony 6-2 in game one.
“It can stop (raining) any time now and we’d be all right,” Effingham head coach Chris Fleener said. “It’s been a funny spring. You just have to live with it.”
Effingham’s Braydon Bone struck out three of the four batters he faced in the opening frame of game two and led off the bottom half with a single. He came around to score on Swayde Sanders’ RBI double.
Sanders popped a fly ball to St. Anthony left fielder James Kabbes, who got turned around as the ball continued deeper to the fence on the play.
Kabbes came back, one batter later, to throw out Sanders at home plate, limiting Matt Woltman to one RBI on a single to left field. Lane Koenig was at-bat when play was suspended.
St. Anthony’s Kyle Bourgeois gave up two runs on four hits,but rain put an end to his start.
Bone got the game-two start for Effingham and looked determined to maintain the Hearts’ momentum from the win in game one, behind a Kevin Daugherty’s three-hit pitching performance. Bone struck out three of four hitters in the first inning.
Daugherty pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on three hits and held the Bulldogs without an RBI.
Both of St. Anthony’s runs were earned on the base paths. Neil Williams scored from third base in the first inning on an overthrown attempt to catch Austin Bushur stealing second base. Jacob Lorenz scored from third base in the third inning on a double steal with Bushur.
“Our goal is to get on base and create havoc and we did it a couple times, but that’s all we could do,” Koenig said. “Daugherty is a good pitcher. He moves the ball up and down, in and out.”
Daugherty struck out the side twice, in the second and sixth innings, and shutout the Bulldogs’ fourth through seventh hitters. Those four players went a combined 0-for-12.
St. Anthony stranded the bases loaded in the fifth inning and a runner at third base in the first and third innings — never finding a timely hit against Daugherty.
“Kevin settled in and was able to start working a lot better,” Fleener said. “He is a nice pitcher and it’s good to have a pitcher like that around.”
Zach Gardewine didn’t have the same luck, getting the start for St. Anthony. Have gave up six runs on eight hits, but the Bulldogs’ defense committed three errors behind him.
A botched double play attempted led to Preston Walker’s RBI single in the second inning. Adam Koester hit a ground ball to Lorenz at second base with two outs, reaching on an error and driving in the Hearts’ second run of the game in the fourth inning.
Next at the plate, Bone made the Bulldogs pay for their inability to get out of the inning by hitting a two-run single, capping off the three-run fourth.
The Bulldogs botched their second double play of the game in the fifth inning, eventually yielding a pair of insurance runs for the Hearts, who were up 4-2 at the time.
“Zach threw good enough to win,” Koenig said. “We didn’t make the defensive plays behind him. I told them that’s what helped us beat T-Town 1-0 — we didn’t have any errors.”
The Hearts capitalized and delivered a few timely hits. Walker, Daugherty, Koester and Lane Koenig all finished with one RBI. Bone had two RBIs and a pair of singles. Woltman also had two hits.
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Effingham 010 320 0 6 8 3
St. Anthony 101 000 0 2 3 3
WP - Daugherty (7 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 8 K, 1 BB) LP - Gardewine (7 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 3 K, 2 BB)
Effingham: Bone (2 1B, 2 RBI), Hayes (BB), Sanders (R), Woltman (2 1B), Koenig (1B, RBI), Daugherty (1B, BB, RBI), Walker (1B, RBI), Koester (1B, RBI)
St. Anthony: Williams (BB, R), Lorenz (R), Bushur (1B, 2 SB, HBP), Gibson (2 1B)