Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

July 13, 2013

Effingham, Teutopolis advance at district tournament

RYAN CZACHORSKI
Daily News

---- — It was a night of rematches at the District 23 Senior Legion tournament Friday night, with Effingham Post 120 taking on Robinson Post 69 and Teutopolis Post 924 facing Vandalia Post 95 for the second time this week.

Effingham and Teutopolis were originally scheduled to meet each other, but scheduling errors forced the bracket to be redrawn.

Both teams shook it off, however, and advanced to the second round of the winner's bracket. Teutopolis will take on Olney at 1 p.m. today, while Effingham will face the winner of the Salem/Patoka game at 4 p.m. Salem and Patoka face off at 10 a.m. today.

Effingham handles RobinsonThings were quiet for the first three innings of the Effingham/Robinson game, with Devin Mayfield and Lukas Jones pitching three shutout innings.

There was one main difference from then on: Mayfield kept it up, while Jones fell apart and Effingham took advantage en route to an 11-2 win.

Effingham scored five runs in both the fifth and sixth inning, and had a chance to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule in the seventh inning. Robinson responded with two runs, and kept the game going.

The Effingham rally got going in the fourth thanks to a pair of breaks. Alec Quandt struck out with one out, but reached on a dropped third strike. Devin Wright then reached on an error.

Drew Levitt took advantage with an RBI double, and Clayton Ruckman drove in a run with a groundout. Dirk Levitt singled in a run, and then three straight walks and a wild pitch made it 5-0 with just two hits in the inning.

Wright doubled to lead off the fifth and advanced to third on a Drew Levitt bunt single, and both scored on an error on Ruckman's ground ball. Preston Walker drove in Dirk Levitt, and Nate McDonald drove in to to make it 10-0.

Mayfield pitched until the seventh, allowing Tanner Traub to enter. Traub struggled with command, walking two and hitting a batter with a pitch. The bases were loaded with two outs, and Robinson scored two runs on a fly ball that ended in a Quandt error to extend the game.

Quandt drove in Carter Hayes with a double in the seventh to cement the score at 11-2.

McDonald was 1-for-3 with three RBIs, Drew Levitt was 2-for-3 with an RBI, two runs and a steal, and Quandt, Dirk Levitt, and Preston Walker each had one hit and an RBI.

Mayfield struck out five in six innings and allowed just three hits. Traub pitched three innings, allowing two unearned runs on no hits, and he struck out six.

Effingham (11-9) plays at 4 p.m. today.

Robinson 000 000 200 2 3 3

Effingham 000 550 10X 11 9 3

WP - Mayfield LP - Jones

Effingham: McDonald (1-3, 3 RBI, BB); Quandt (1-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB); Wright (1-5, 2B, 2 R); Dr. Levitt (2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB); Ruckman (0-3, RBI); Di. Levitt (1-2, RBI, 2 R, SB); Frey (1-2, 2 R, 2 BB, SB); Walker (1-3, RBI, R, BB); Yurs (1-2)

Teutopolis downs VandaliaThe Teutopolis pitching pushed them to a win over Vandalia Tuesday night, and while the pitching was strong Friday, the offense picked up its end of the bargain in a 6-2 win.

Vandalia grabbed an early 1-0 lead against John Ungrund via an unearned run after one inning, but he calmed down from there, allowing Teutopolis to come back.

T-Town grabbed runs in the first, second and fourth to take a 3-1 lead, thanks to RBIs by Tommy Flach and Michael Gillespie.

The lead would stay at 3-1 until the seventh inning, when Jordan Thoele drove in two runs to give Ungrund some insurance.

He fell in to some trouble in the eighth inning, giving up a run and being pulled from the game with runners on. But Reed Hardiek came in to the game, got a strikeout and a ground ball to end the inning and the threat up 5-2.

Teutopolis got the run back for Hardiek in the bottom of the eighth and clinching the 6-2 win.

Flach had two singles, an RBI and a stolen base, Gillespie had a single, a double and an RBI, Hardiek and Cody Will each had two hits and Thoele drove in two runs.

Ungrund struck out six and gave up six hits for two runs (one earned) in 7.1 innings.

Teutopolis (6-6) plays Olney at 1 p.m. today.

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Teutopolis 110 100 21X 6

WP - Ungrund SV - Hardiek

Teutopolis: Kenter (1B); Flach (2 1B, RBI, SB); Ungrund (1B); Gillespie (1B, 2B, RBI, BB); Hardiek (1B, BB); Will (2 1B, BB); Thoele (1B, 2 RBI); Bloemer (1B)