Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


July 1, 2013

Rain wipes out Louisville, St. Anthony battle

After a number of pitchers tried their luck, the only thing that could stop Saturday's offensive showcase between St. Anthony's summer team and Louisville Post 914 was the uncooperative weather.

The teams combined to score 13 total runs in the first four and a half innings before lightning and a steady bout of rain brought out the tarp with Post 914 ahead 8-5.

"I don't know what the final would have been if we kept playing," St. Anthony coach Kenny Miller said. "Maybe 20-18. They were definitely a good hitting team."

Post 914 racked up ten hits in the rain-shortened affair, four against starter Alex Hoelscher and six off Eric Gurtner in relief. Hunter Clifton racked up a monster day at the plate for Post 914, hitting two singles and a double for a game-high four RBIs. The Bulldogs closed with nine hits themselves, five coming off Nick McKnelly and four against relief pitcher Dylan Walker.

In what turned out to be a tight contest, Post 914 threatened to break the game wide open early, jumping out to a 4-0 cushion in the top of the first. Post 914 began its first at-bat with four straight singles, including Clifton's shot to right field that scored Lawson Britton for a 1-0 edge. After Hoelscher struck out Walker, the St. Anthony pitcher had some troubles with control. McKnelly was hit by a pitch to score Micklautz, who had singled earlier, and a walk to Braden McNeely two batters later brought a third baserunner home.

"Our guys were locked in from the get-go," Post 914 coach John Frech said. "Our guys have that mentality, they've been playing against St. Anthony for years."

Hoelscher walked Jordan Byers in the ensuing at-bat that scored Clifton for a 4-0 edge. Gurtner entered the game for St. Anthony after 0.2 innings from Hoelscher, and got Lawson Britton to fly out to right to prevent any further damage.

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