Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 18, 2013

Blue Devils roll to sweep over Martinsville

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Theis drove in two more of his game-high five RBIs after Cole was walked on the ensuing at-bat with a double to left field, bringing the score to 11-0. One batter later Fulk continued the offensive assault, doubling to right field and plating two more runners. Leasher hit the third double in as many at-bats, bringing home the final run of the inning.

Windsor/Stew-Stras was all smiles, ignoring the frigid March air to the tune of a 16-0 lead after two innings. Even more impressive, all seven runs of the second were scored with two outs on the board.

”Both of us won regionals last year and now you’re putting us together, it’s going to be scary when we have some back-to-back hits like that,” Monbrum said. “Seven runs with two outs, that’s good.”

Just as impressive as the Stew-Stras offense was the pitching of Jones. Only six batters were needed in innings three and four, as the sophomore had maintained a perfect game after four frames. The performance was met with much praise from the Blue Devils’ skipper.

”I wasn’t sure if he’d be our fourth or fifth pitcher,” Monbrum said. “He came in and threw a good game, he may be our number two, I don’t know. He looked good on the mound.”

After Jones retired his twelfth consecutive batter, Windsor/Stew-Stras crossed the 20-run threshold with six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Allen hit in two more of his five RBIs and Theis knocked in another for good measure as the Blue Devils built a monumental lead.

With a perfect game on the line, Jones would have to settle for a combined no hitter. Sophomore Dylan Ohnesorge took over the reins in the bottom of inning five, striking out one and walking one batter. Jones finished with seven strikeouts and allowed no walks.

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