Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


June 21, 2013

Shelby County holds off T-town

TEUTOPOLIS — Riding a five-game winning streak, visiting Shelby County Posts 289/611/724 never trailed against Teutopolis Post 924 during Game 1 of Thursday’s Senior Legion five-inning doubleheader.

Shelby County scored first and broke a 1-1 tie with five unanswered runs, holding off a late Post 924 charge for a 6-4 victory to extend the streak to six.

One day after being named to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State team, Christian Vonderheide pitched three innings of one-hit baseball to guide his team to the win. The Windsor/Stew-Stras right-hander struck out four in his time on the mound, surrendering one run off a Shelby County (10-6) error in the second.

Yet the run did not prove costly, as a number of uncharacteristic mistakes came back to haunt Post 924. Coach Collin Niemerg’s squad committed three errors and allowed one run off a passed ball.

“It was the big errors early in the ballgame that cost us,” he said. “At the end, it was too little too late.”

Shelby County wasted no time getting on the board in the first. Jake Keown (Shelbyville) hit an infield single and advanced to third off a sacrifice hit from Gunner Thies (Windsor/Stew-Stras) and walk to Hayden Cole (Windsor/Stew-Stras).

Post 924 starter Andy Borries (Teutopolis) delivered a pitch that catcher Jordan Thoele (Teutopolis) couldn’t handle in the ensuing at-bat, giving Keown an easy route home on a passed ball.

“Those mistakes will come back and get you,” Niemerg said.

It didn’t, at least momentarily. Post 924 tied the game in the second at one when Cody Will (Teutopolis) laced a triple to right center and scored off an error one batter later.

But Shelby County, riding the middle of its order and capitalizing on a pair of errors, tacked on five over the next two innings.

Text Only
  • Altamont downs Charleston 6-2

    At least it’s the last year of the Ohnesorges for Altamont’s opponents.
    That’s the sister duo of Madison and Lauren that have been top athletes at Altamont High School. The pair produced once again in a 6-2 win over Charleston at Karch Field.

    April 23, 2014

  • ZGard1.jpg Pitcher's duel: Gardewine leads St. Anthony over Teutopolis 1-0

    Zach Gardewine gripped the game ball tightly in his right hand and smiled.
    It’s not every day a pitcher shuts out the loaded Teutopolis lineup and he knew it. Gardewine became the first player to blank the Wooden Shoes, in St. Anthony’s 1-0 win on Tuesday, since Dieterich duo Tanner Traub and Jake Bohnhoff on March 22, 2013.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-22Ziegler.jpg Ziegler's choice an easy one

    Lake Land College’s Grace Ziegler had a choice after her two years playing were up.
    The Altamont alumna basically whittled her options down to this: continue to play basketball collegiately at a four-year institution, or transfer to a four-year institution to have a traditional college student experience.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vonderheid.jpg Vonderheide, W/SS win at Charleston 12-0

    Christian Vonderheide had the luxury of choosing which was better.
    It was either the grand slam, or a complete game shutout thrown by the right hander.
    “They are both pretty equal,” Vonderheide said. “Pitching is more of my thing. The grand slam I got lucky. I swung hard, and I was lucky enough for it to go over the fence."
    The win could be more important as Windsor/Stew-Stras pounded a 12-0 win over Charleston at CHS Field.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • czachorskimug.jpg Czachorski: Time to catch Cup fever

    I woke up early Friday morning and did something I never do these days -- I flipped on SportsCenter.
    It was the top of the 7 a.m. hour, and unshockingly, ESPN led with discussion of the playoffs.
    What left me flabbergasted was they were leading with the NHL playoffs, as I was truly unaware ESPN remembered that hockey was a sport.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • White2.jpg Indians' bats too much for Eagles

    An 11 a.m. start on Good Friday wasn't too early for Altamont, as the Indians pushed 10 across in the first frame and bested Newton 16-1 in five innings.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Schultz.jpg Power surge: Homers help Shoes beat Comets 8-4

    Teutopolis broke open a close game with four home runs and remained undefeated with an 8-4 win over Stew-Stras/Windsor Thursday afternoon.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Cutts.jpg Cutts carries Cumberland to 4-3 win

    His first three hits were no doubters, but Blayke Cutts’ fourth hit on Thursday was a high bouncer over the glove of Olney third baseman Peyton Billington to win in a walk-off.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • McNamee.jpg McNamee: Questions about EIU's Jimmy G

    The typical phrase used in situations like this, I think, is: “He shows potential.” I may not have believed anything I was saying, but at least he was in line to be a four-year starter; at least, he had that.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Booker.jpg Pirates push past Flaming Hearts 10-2

    It took a bit for the bats to warm up, but Cumberland made the necessary adjustments at the plate and took down Effingham 10-2 Wednesday afternoon.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.