Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


July 8, 2013

American Legion roundup

Effingham earns weekend split

Two weekend doubleheaders resulted in a 2-2 split for the Effingham Post 120 Senior Legion team against Patoka and Olney.

Effingham fell 2-0 and recovered with an 8-5 win against Patoka on Saturday, and was topped 7-4 by Olney before finishing Sunday with a 5-2 victory.

In game one of Saturday's doubleheader, Effingham only mustered four hits in support of Devin Mayfield as he was beaten 2-0. Mayfield struck out 10, allowed just five hits and two runs (one earned).

Clayton Ruckman (Altamont) was 2-for-3, while Devin Wright went 1-for-2 and Nate McDonald went 1-for-3.

The bats woke up in game two as Effingham got six runs in the first two innings. Alec Quandt got the win while tossing five shutout innings, while striking out five.

Quandt was also 3-for-4 with an RBI. Wright was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Ruckman, Drew Levitt and Preston Walker each had an RBI on the game. Effingham stole seven bases on the game, with Levitt and Ruckman each swiping two bags.

Against Olney Sunday, Effingham was bested in game one, thanks to a strong performance by Peyton Wyatt's (Newton alumnus) 2-for-4 game with a double and three RBIs. Quandt, Levitt, Ruckman and Walker each had an RBI, with Wright picking up a hit of his own.

Tanner Traub (Dieterich) took the loss, allowing seven runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks. Caleb Chesnut (Newton) earned the win.

Game two Sunday went like game two Saturday, with Effingham's offense taking over early, scoring four runs in the first two innings in the 5-2 win. Levitt got the win, striking out 11 over six innings while allowing two runs.

Quandt and Levitt each had two hits on the game, with Levitt adding a double. Quandt had two RBIs, while Traub and Wright each drove in a run. Elijah Knepper (Newton) was 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run and a walk.

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