Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


June 20, 2013

Five area players featured on IHSBCA All-State squads

The Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association released its all-state baseball picks on Wednesday, honoring a handful of local players.

Class 2A showcased three area competitors on the 20-man roster in St. Anthony's Ben Hecht and the Teutopolis pitching duo of Jared Waldhoff and Kyle Pruemer. In Class 1A, Windsor/Stew-Stras' Christian Vonderheide and North Clay's Adam Cox got the nod.Waldhoff and Pruemer alternated games on the mound for the Wooden Shoes in the playoffs, helping Teutopolis post a third-place finish in Peoria. The two racked up a record of 16-2 between them, with Waldhoff closing at a perfect 9-0 and Pruemer at 7-2.Pruemer struck out 87 batters in 59 innings, boasting a 0.51 ERA in the process. Waldhoff struck out 64 in 56 frames for a 0.71 ERA.Their presence was also felt at the plate. Pruemer hit .341 with 22 RBIs and five homers, while Waldhoff batted .441 with 30 RBIs and went yard seven times. The pair closed their four-year high school run with three trips to the state tournament, including back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.Waldhoff will play for the Blue Devils of Kaskaskia in junior college ball next season, and Pruemer will take his powerful right arm to the Division I Salukis at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.Hecht, the reigning Class 1A player of the year, adjusted to a tougher division just fine this season. The Illinois State Redbird commit and recent New York Mets draft pick boasted a 2.03 ERA and 4-3 record with four saves. Clocked in the upper 80s, Hecht struck out a whopping 97 batters in only 51.2 innings.Offensively, he led the Bulldogs with 29 runs scored and a team-high batting average of .422. Hecht also had 11 RBIs and 38 total hits.Vonderheide was the ace of the Blue Devils' staff, compiling a sub-1.00 ERA at 0.93 and 9-1 record on the hill. Vonderheide fanned 69 batters in his 52.2 innings, and will be an even bigger force for Windsor/Stew-Stras next year for his senior season. Cox, the youngest area selection as just a sophomore, was a key component to the offensive juggernaut that North Clay had this spring. Batting third, Cox hit .485 with 32 RBIs and a team-high 12 doubles to help the Cardinals average more than eight runs per outing.As well as being a gifted shortstop, Cox also pitched 55.1 innings with a 1.95 ERA. He surrendered just 12 earned runs on the season, closing with an 8-2 record.

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  • 7-28NewtonSundaygame2.JPG Comeback win keeps Post 20 alive in 10-7 win

    Newton Post 120 didn’t let a 4-1 deficit get to them against Highland Post 439, using a patient approach in the face of an elimination game.
    Three bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the third tied the game at 4-4, and with the bases loaded down 5-4 in the fourth, Tim Weber broke the game open with a two-run double and an error.
    By the time the dust settled, Newton led 10-5 heading to the sixth inning and would hold on to a 10-7 win to keep its season alive.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-28NewtonSundaygame1.JPG Salem deals Newton first divisional loss

    Mitch Bierman started off Newton Post 20’s game against Salem Post 128 with a bang Sunday afternoon, hitting a leadoff triple and scoring on the next batter.
    Post 20’s offense didn’t follow his lead from there, as Newton had just three more hits and no runs, and falling in a Junior Legion Fifth Division winner’s bracket game to Salem 12-1 in seven innings.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0725.JPG Newton Post 20 bests Belleville Post 58 in opener 6-1
    After a 9-3 loss to Breese Post 252 Gray Monday night, Newton Post 20 coach John Grunloh predicted the five-day break until the Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament would be good for his players, especially his pitchers. 
    Mitch Jansen proved his coach right, spinning a gem in Newton's opener Saturday afternoon as Post 20 made short work of Belleville Post 58 6-1. 

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • daughertyfootball.jpg Hearts to prep with Mattoon 7-on-7

    Two weeks ago, Effingham was supposed to start shaking off the rust with a 7-on-7 football tournament in Mattoon. Naturally, it rained and was canceled.
    So Saturday, the Flaming Hearts will head up to Mattoon and play their first 7-on-7 event of the season, taking part in an 10- team field with Mattoon, Rochester, Robinson, Marshall, Cahokia and Pleasant Plains from Illinois, with Terre Haute North and Northview coming from Indiana. Rochester is bringing two squads.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mammoser3.jpg Newton Post 20 plays Belleville Saturday

    With the District 23 tournament behind them, Newton Post 20 now knows its fate for the Fifth Division Junior Legion tournament this weekend in Bethalto.
    Newton will play Belleville Post 58 at 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Bethalto, in the third game of six on the day.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bateman.jpg Effingham's season comes to a close with 11-1 loss to Salem

    A 1-0 lead for Effingham Post 120 rapidly evaporated, and the post’s Junior Legion season came to an end with a 11-1 loss in five innings to Salem Post 128 Tuesday night.
    The game was for the final spot of District 23 in the divisional tournament, with Newton Post 20 and Breese Post 252 Gray punching their tickets by winning their district divisions.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bierman.jpg Newton Post 20 falls short against Breese Gray 9-3

    While the District 23 title ultimately exceeded Newton Post 20’s grasp, their season will continue in Bethalto.
    Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
    “The innings where they put some runs on us, we gave them some extra outs,” said Newton coach John Grunloh. “You’ve got to make the plays when you play better teams.”

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Barnes3.jpg Barnes' one-hitter boosts Post 120; Effingham beats Dieterich 1-0

    Ryan Barnes hasn’t seen a lot of time with Effingham Post 120’s junior legion team this season, but he showed up in a big way Monday night in a 1-0 win over Dieterich Post 628.
    The win kept Effingham’s season alive one more day in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament, as the post will face Salem Post 128 at 5:30 p.m. today for the district’s final spot in the divisional round. Salem Post 128 downed Mt. Vernon Post 141 1-0 in the West Division loser’s bracket, setting up the final with Effingham today.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mammoser2.jpg Newton Post 20 tops Effingham Post 120 7-5 late

    Most of the games at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament have seen pitching take control, but the pitchers in Sunday night's Effingham Post 120/Newton Post 20 game faced an uphill battle.
    While Brock Mammoser started the game for Post 20 on the hill and struggled, he came through with the biggest hit in the game, putting Newton up for good in a 7-5 win over Effingham.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Campton.jpg Dieterich Post 628 eliminates Teutopolis Post 924 3-2

    Errors proved to be Teutpolis Post 924's undoing against Dieterich Post 628, as Dieterich's sixth-inning rally in an 3-2 win were boosted by three Teutopolis errors
    To lead off the sixth, Trenton Poe reached on an error by Brock Bueker, and came around to score on an infield single by Ryan Radloff with a throwing error on Bueker. Poe was already on third when the ball went in the Teutopolis dugout, awarding Poe home to tie the game.
    Bryce McClain followed with an RBI single to score Radloff and put Post 628 up for good. Dieterich scored again on a Briar Schmidt groundout where first baseman Brant Bueker tried to get an inning-ending out at second, but the throw was wild and brought home McClain.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

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