Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

July 29, 2013

Junior Legion roundup Altamont survives with walkoff win, Toledo eliminated

Effingham Daily News

---- — After a heartbreaking 1-0 loss Saturday to Orient, Altamont Post 512 needed a win versus Vandalia to keep its season alive.Post 512 did just that, taking down Vandalia Post 95 4-3 in West Frankfort Sunday afternoon with a walkoff single by Brandon Helmuth. Altamont plays at 10 a.m. today at West Frankfort's Community Park, taking on either Belleville or Breese. If they win, they will play again at 4 p.m.Vandalia led 2-0 after the top of the third and 3-1 after five full, but Altamont came roaring back. Cole Borders and Jacob Miller drove in runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game, setting up the dramatics in the seventh. Nick Miller hit a line drive to left-center field for a double with one out. Helmuth stepped up, and hit a hard line drive that Vandalia's second baseman could not handle.By the time he corralled the ball, Miller had flown around third and scored the game winning run. Ryan Armstrong got the win for Altamont, tossing seven full innings. He allowed three runs on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Altamont is the last Junior Legion team standing from the area, and has made it as far as any area Junior or Senior Legion team. In Saturday's loss to Orient, Klaiton Wolff pitched a complete game, allowing the one deciding run. He struck out six. Aaron Goeckner had a double in a 1-for-3 effort, and Caden Miller was also 1-for-3.

Vandalia 002 010 0 3 3Altamont 001 002 1 4 6WP - Armstrong

Altamont: N. Miller (2-4, 2B, R); Goeckner (1-3); Wolff (1-3); J. Miller (1-3, RBI); Helmuth (1-3, 2 RBI); Borders (RBI)

Toledo eliminated SundayToledo Post 764's Junior Legion team had a long road to keep its season in the losers' bracket of their divisional tournament.They received a break Saturday, needing two wins to make it to Sunday and promptly getting both of them. However, they were via forfeits, so the team didn't loosen up from the week off. After moving on with forfeit wins over Marshall and Mattoon's number one team, Toeldo was downed Sunday by Macon County 10-4. Toledo fell behind 5-1 after two innings and scraped back to cut the lead to 5-4 after the top of the fifth inning. But the pitching ran out from Zach Monroe, as Macon County grabbed five more runs over the next two innings and cruised to the win. Only five of the 10 Macon County runs were earned against Monroe, as Toledo committed seven errors on the game. Monroe was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Matt Kingery and Andrew Talley each drove in runs on the day. Holden Elwood was 1-for-3 with a double and three runs, and T.J. Thomas was 1-for-3. Toledo finished their postseason run with a 4-2 record.

Toledo 101 020 0 4 3 7Macon Co. 140 032 X 10 9 2WP - Spanks LP - Monroe

Toledo: Elwood (1-3, 2B, 3 R, SB); Monroe (1-3, 2B, RBI, R); Thomas (1-3); Kingery (0-2, RBI); Talley (0-1, RBI)