"We made three early errors that led to them getting unearned runs," Frech said. "That was a huge problem."
The Cardinals tacked on two runs in the fourth inning, but it wouldn't be enough. Drew and Dirk Levitt combined to throw the final 3.2 innings of shutout baseball, surrendering no hits in the process.
"We were able to keep the lead on them," Fleener said. "In a game like this, it's kind of a tough deal, I'm proud of our boys for sticking with it."
The Hearts' final run of the day was scored in the bottom of the fourth. Khye Heuerman lined a double to center field in his only at-bat of the game, and scored two batters later on a sac fly to left field from Dirk Levitt.
The Levitts had a great night both at the mound and at the plate, combining for three RBIs. Drew had a single, double and the initial two-run homer to really fuel the offensive outburst.
"That's nice to have a senior step up like that," Fleener said. "It gives the team a little bit of energy."
Preston Walker started the game for Effingham on the mound, giving way in the third to Braydon Bone after allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. Bone pitcher one inning in relief before Drew Levitt took over, who tossed 1.2 frames until Dirk came on for the save.
"If you look at it, Preston did a great job starting, Bone came in and got us out of a jam," Fleener said. "Then unfortunately he got in a jam, then Drew stepped up. It's a team game, someone's got to step up."
The Hearts will try to continue to put their best foot forward today when they travel to Neoga.