Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


April 7, 2013

McCoy leads Newton past Dieterich

NEWTON -- If Newton's Karsyn McCoy was one day removed from a nagging ankle injury, the Lady Eagles starter sure didn't show it on Friday against Dieterich. McCoy was in complete control on the mound, pinpointing her pitches with impressive velocity.

Behind McCoy's two-hit, complete-game effort, Newton was able to produce all the offense it needed and more in a 6-0 victory."Karsyn really stepped it up today," Lady Eagles coach Sara Beam said. "Yesterday she slid into second and hurt her ankle, we weren't even sure she was going to go today."Bum ankle and all, McCoy wrapped it up and went to work. She struck out seven Lady Maroon batters on the afternoon, only walking one in the process.Dieterich managed to get just one player in scoring position during the game, coming in the second inning after a single from Shelby Wendling. Wendling stole second and advanced to third off a fielder's choice, but was left stranded when Whitley Brummer was thrown out at first one batter later."I've got to hand it to their pitching," Lady Maroons coach Scott Kocher said. "That's probably the best pitcher we've faced."Offensively, the Lady Eagles got on the board in a hurry. Gabby Zerrusen laid down a perfect bunt to get on base, then stole the first of what would turn out to be eight stolen bases for Newton. Now at second, Morgan Swingler plated Zerrusen off a Dieterich error, and Emilee Johnson brought Swingler home on a fielder's choice. Brooke Koebele hit in one more run off an RBI single to right field, giving Newton a 3-0 lead just one inning into the game.The Lady Eagles added another run in the second inning when Jansen made it safely to first after another Dieterich error, then stole both second and third to get within 60 feet of home. Zerrusen was up next, and executed the small ball game plan to perfection, chopping a ball down the third base line that Brummer scooped up and tossed to first for the out, giving Jansen a clear path for another score.The Lady Eagles tallied the final two runs in the fourth when Koebele reached first on a bunt single, then proceeded to steal two more bases for the Newton squad."They like to utilize the slap-hitting technique," Kocher said. "Then they get on first and it's the merry-go-round, they steal bases."Jansen drove in Koebele two batters later on a single up the gut and stole second, then Swingler picked up her second RBI of the game off a ball that was hit to the same spot. The two-run inning gave Newton a 6-0 lead, and with McCoy on the mound, the game was well in control.Dieterich managed one more hit in the fifth off a single to right field from Brummer, but that would be the only time another Lady Maroon got on base. The visiting team went 1-2-3 in the sixth and seventh innings, giving McCoy the complete-game shutout. "She just pitched great," Beam said. "I told her she's going to have to pitch with a sore ankle all the time."Sydney Higgs got the start for Dieterich, and was solid despite what the final score may indicate."I thought she pitched well," Kocher said. "She gave us exactly what we needed tonight. We had a few problems early but she settled down and really did a good job, I was pleased."The loss dropped Dieterich's record to 2-2 on the season, and the Lady Maroons will attempt to get back to their winning ways Monday when they welcome Windsor.The big win improved Newton's mark to 4-3 this year, and Beam was happy to have some momentum going into the weekend."It was a good way to end the week," she said. "We've got some little things we've got to work on, but we just need to keep cruising."Newton plays Monday at Lawrenceville.

Newton 6, Dieterich 0Dieterich	000	000	0 0 2 3Newton	310 200 x 6 8 0WP - McCoy LP - HiggsDieterich: Wendling (1B, SB); Brummer (1B).Newton: Jansen (1B, RBI, 3 SB); Zerrusen (1B, RBI, SB); Fore (1B, SB); E. Johnson (RBI); McCoy (2B); O. Johnson (SB); Kerner (1B); Koebele (2 1B, RBI, 2 SB).

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