Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


May 17, 2014

South Central downs Dieterich 12-2

KINMUNDY — Dieterich pitcher Tanner Traub got off to an unsettling start against South Central on Friday, making his first appearance on the mound in 14 days.

Traub faced three hitters before throwing his first strike, hitting South Central lead-off man Gavin Ratermann with the first pitch, then walking Dylan Smith and Kyle Bray on eight straight pitches.

Ratermann rounded the bases without a ball getting hit in play, advancing all the way home on three wild pitches for the first of three runs of South Central's 12-2 win.

Traub lasted two innings and gave up six runs on four hits. He walked five batters and hit Ratermann twice, facing 15 Cougars at the plate.

“He was a little rocky coming out of the gates,” Dieterich head coach Jamie VanScyoc said.

The two teams toughed out six innings of play through three separate periods of steady rain. South Central's Dre Hill drove in the game's final two runs on a walk-off single in the middle of a storm, ending the game an inning short on the 10-run rule.

Hill capped a two-out rally in the sixth that started when Dieterich relief pitcher Charlie Thoele mishandled the ball while trying to cover first base on a ground ball. Tyus Holmes singled and both he and Tyler Ross advanced on a passed ball, before Hill drove them in with a line drive to center field.

Most of Friday's slate of games were canceled, including the City Series, but the Movin' Maroons and Cougars experienced what it was like to be effected by inclement weather and cold temperatures.

“When you go from playing in 80-degree weather last week to the 40s at the end of game time today, kids get out of sync,” VanScyoc said. “It always plays a factor to some extent.”

The nagging rain didn't bother Ross, on the mound, or the Cougars' offense en route to their 10-run win.

Ross pitched a complete game and struck out eight hitters, only allowing two runs on five hits. Dieterich scored both runs in the fourth inning on three hits.

“That's probably as good as he can throw right there and that's what we need this time of year,” South Central head coach Curt Jones said. “That's what you want your guys doing.”

Ross' efforts were also felt at the plate. He reached in all four of his at-bats, walking once and reaching on an error. He drove an RBI single in the first inning and was the second part of back-to-back home runs in a three-run fourth inning.

The Cougars extended a a 7-2 lead in the fourth inning with a showcase of their power. Noah Powless smashed a two-run home run, scoring Bray, before Ross came up for an encore.

Powless led the Cougars with three RBIs, ahead of Ross' two. Holmes added two hits and an RBI. Ratermann also had an RBI, while Smith scored both times he reached base.

“Hitting comes and goes, so it's nice to see that,” Jones said. “It boosts their confidence and they were going crazy in the dugout. I haven't seen them act like that too many times this year.”

South Central (9-15) returns to action Monday against Flora. Dieterich (8-11) starts their postseason in the Class 1A Oblong Regional at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

Dieterich     000 200     2 5 3

South Central     331 302     12 9 0

WP - Ross (6 IP, 8 K, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 H) LP - Traub (2 IP, 2 K, 6 R, 5 BB, 4 H)

Dieterich: J. Bohnhoff (2 1B, R), Traub (2B, BB, R), Poe (RBI), Hartke (1B, RBI), Mellendorf (1B)

South Central: Ratermann (2 HBP, BB, RBI), Smith (1B, BB), Bray (1B, BB), Powless (1B, HR, 3 RBI), Ross (1B, HR, BB, 2 RBI), Holmes (2 1B, RBI), Hill (1B, 2 BB, 2 RBI), Harmeier (R)


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