Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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June 14, 2014

Koenig, Effingham Post 120 win 1-0 pitchers' duel against Altamont Post 512

Altamont wins game two

EFFINGHAM — Altamont Post 512's Klaiton Wolff had as many hits at the plate as he gave up on the mound in game one of a doubleheader against Effingham Post 120.

Wolff allowed just one hit for the Altamont juniors, but was saddled with the loss as that runner came around to score in a 1-0 loss as his counterpart Lane Koenig was just as effective, allowing just two hits.

It was a pitcher's duel through and through, with Koenig striking out 10 and retiring 10 in a row at one point, while Wolff struck out six and walked only three.

Post 512 struggled to get its offense in motion, with only one runner reaching second base on Koenig all day. Nick Miller laced a two-out single in the third and stole second, but was stranded at second as Koenig struck out Caden Miller to end the inning.

Despite the lone hit on the day by Will Clausius, Post 120 had more pressure on Wolff throughout. Blake White walked and stole second in the first inning before Wolff struck out Michael Woltman and got Koenig to ground out to first.

Wolff faced a tougher task in the fourth. Woltman led off with a walk, advanced to second on a weak ground ball to third for an out, and took third base on a wild pitch. Post 120 had a chance to score with Woltman on third and one out without the benefit of a hit. But Wolff buckled down, got Bryar Jansen to pop out foul to catcher Kaleb Whitt, and forced Caleb Martin into a groundout at first.

After all that work to keep the no-hitter and shutout alive, Clausius led off the fifth with a bloop single over the head of second baseman Sam Childerson. Clausius advanced to second on an error on a pickoff attempt, and moved to third on a groundout to second by Colby Utz.

Cory Osborn hit a grounder that would score Clausius despite a throw to the plate, and that would be all Koenig needed.

Wolff ended Koenig's streak of 10 consecutive outs with an infield single to lead off the seventh despite a nice sliding effort by Post 120 shortstop Osborn. It didn't faze Koenig, as he forced two popouts and struck out Whitt to end the game.

Koenig walked just one hitter and allowed only five baserunners, two on fielder's choices. Seven Post 120 batters reached against Wolff, but Post 512 did commit four errors in the game.

Clausius was 1-for-2, while Osborn was 0-for-2 with an RBI. Eli Buhrmann, White, and Woltman all had walks on the day and went 0-for-2.

For Post 512, Wolff and Nick Miller were each 1-for-3, with Caden Miller going 0-for-2 with a walk.

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