Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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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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  • 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

  • Teutopolis, Deters down Altamont Post 512 2-0

    TEUTOPOLIS — Lucas Deters didn't get a ton of run support from his Teutopolis Post 924 teammates, but he didn't need much in a complete-game shutout, and Teutopolis ended Altamont Post 512's season with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon.
    Deters' efforts at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament kept Teutopolis alive in the loser's bracket to face Dieterich Post 628 immediately following the win.

    July 21, 2014

  • Poe.jpg Two-out rally pushes Dieterich to win; Post 628 beats Vandalia Post 95 4-3

    Down one with two outs and Vandalia Post 95 ace Zach Schaal coming in in relief, Dieterich Post 628 had a tough task to keep its season alive.
    But down 3-2, Cole Hartke and Charlie Thoele laced back-to-back singles to score Briar Schmidt and Flach, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead.
    Clayton Campton held the lead in the seventh, striking out two and getting Post 95 in order to keep Dieterich's season alive.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jansen.jpg Late Newton rally downs Robinson 4-2

    Newton Post 20 rarely had an answer for Robinson Post 69's Brayden Burch, but thanks to a few key Robinson errors, Newton took their District 23 opener 4-2 Friday night.
    With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Mitch Jansen led off with a walk, followed by Tim Weber reaching on an error by Robinson shortstop Zander Laino and a bunt single by Luke Geier.
    Mike Carr came through with a bloop single to center, scoring Jansen to put Newton up 2-1.Burch struck out John Grunloh and Joe Stone, but second baseman Cameron Neese booted a grounder by Mitch Bierman and two more runs scored.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kenter2.jpg Teutopolis takes down South Central 3-1

    Teutopolis Post 924 scored its first run two batters into the game and would never trail from there, holding off late rallies from South Central Post 519 to win 3-1 at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament Friday night.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Clausius (2).JPG Post 120 pulls away from Dieterich

    A pitcher’s duel between Effingham’s Will Clausius and Dieterich’s Charlie Thoele broke not at the plate, but on the mound.
    Tied 0-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Effingham Post 120 got its first run via a bases-loaded, two out balk. The lead would hold up as Post 120’s offense sparked, and Effingham beat Dieterich Post 628 5-0 in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament opener.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

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