Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


March 29, 2014

Effingham's Sanders stymies Altamont

Flaming Hearts beat Indians 8-1

EFFINGHAM — It was the Swayde Sanders show for Effingham Friday afternoon, as the southpaw pitched 6 1-3 innings and hit two doubles in an 8-1 win over Altamont.

Sanders’ day addressed two of the early problems the Flaming Hearts have had in their losses to Troy Triad and Mahomet-Seymour: quality pitching and hitting up and down the lineup.

He was 2-for-3 on the day with two doubles and two RBIs out of the nine-hole in the batting order, and carved up the Altamont lineup, allowing just four hits and a run.

“Swayde did a great job pitching,” said Effingham coach Chris Fleener. “He’s worked hard in the offseason, he’s put on some muscle, and he’s just working at it.”

Altamont struck first in the top of the first, when Brady Winn singled, stole second, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a Garrett Ziegler ground ball.

The offense would go dry from there, as the Indians wouldn’t get another hit until a Cole Borders single in the fifth inning.

It’s been a tough two games for Altamont, losing to Newton and Effingham by a combined 16-3 over Thursday and Friday.

“When you’ve got varsity guys making mistakes who’ve played there before, I don’t care if it’s the beginning of the season, you can’t make mistakes against good teams,” said Altamont coach Mike Dokey.

In that span, Effingham scored two in the second on a Preston Walker groundout and an error that scored Michael Woltman.

Braydon Bone got in on the action in the third, leading off with a single, stealing second and third and scoring on a wild pitch. That ended Ziegler’s day on the mound, and things didn’t go much better for Klaiton Wolff.

He held the Hearts scoreless in the fourth, but three errors in the fifth inning helped bring five runs home, capped off by a two-run single by Woltman and Sanders’ second double of the day.

“You get guys in scoring position, a guy needs to get a big hit, and we just haven’t been able to do that,” Dokey said.

On the flip side of the coin, Fleener was happy with the little things, personified by Bone’s efforts on the basepaths, going 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and three steals.

“I thought the boys came out and were a little more aggressive, and good things happen,” Fleener said. “You need everybody hitting, if the guys up top can’t produce, the guys at the bottom can.”

Woltman and Sanders each were 2-for-3 with two RBIs, with Woltman scoring twice. Adam Koester was 1-for-3 for Effingham’s other lone hit.

Ziegler took the loss for Altamont, giving up three runs (two earned) while striking out four in three innings. Wolff also allowed three hits in three innings, allowing five runs (four earned) and striking out four. Ziegler was 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Winn and Borders each went 1-for-3 and Jacob Miller was 1-for-2 with a walk.

Altamont (0-2) takes on Aldon-Hebron at Brownstown High this morning, while Effingham (1-2) has a doubleheader with La Salle Peru.

Fleener was happy his team got off the schneid with the win Friday, and is hoping to keep it up.

“It’s nice to get the first win out of the way,” he said. “It’s still early for both teams, you could tell.”

Altamont     100     000     0     1 4 4

Effingham     021     050     X     8 6 1

WP - Sanders (6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 K, 3 BB) LP - Ziegler (3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 2 BB)

Altamont: Winn (1-3, R, BB, SB); Ziegler (1-3, RBI, SB); J. Miller (1-2, BB); Borders (1-3)

Effingham: Bone (1-3, BB, R, 3 SB); Hayes (0-3, R, BB); Koenig (0-3, R); Daugherty (0-1, R, 2 BB); Koester (1-3, R); Woltman (2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R); Walker (0-2, RBI, R, BB); Sanders (2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI)

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