After five of the first six batters went down on strikes Friday at Evergreen Hollow Park, it seemed the inaugural Cross Creek Classic was destined to be remembered for wind chills in the 30s and even colder hitting.
But freshman twins Anni and Kadi Borries made sure that the first annual nighttime battle between longtime rivals Teutopolis and St. Anthony would be remembered for offense with a pair of 250-foot homers to highlight the Lady Shoes' 14-6 win against the Lady Bulldogs.
Anni's blast — a two-run shot onto the road beyond the leftfield fence in the third — helped T-Town (9-1) build up a commanding 12-1 lead. Kadi then put the brakes on St. Anthony's comeback attempt with a two-run blast to dead center in the sixth to provide the final margin of victory.
The Borries twins finished a combined 5-for-7 with six RBis.
"Those were two shots," T-Town coach Rich Niebrugge said of the homers. "Both Anni and Kadi have taken a few swings. That is not luck. That is practice. That is hard work.
"They are opening a lot of eyes, and they are reaping the rewards of hard work."
Kadi also impressed in the pitcher's circle, finishing with 13 strikeouts while scattering 10 hits in a complete game victory.
St. Anthony starter Megan Woltman looked poised to go toe-to-toe with Kadi Borries after retiring T-Town in order in the first, but Madison Cowman sparked a T-Town rally in the second and the Lady Shoes never looked back.
Cowman legged out a double to leadoff the inning and wound up scoring all the way from second on a routine groundout. A Holly Dust RBI groundout put T-Town up for good moments later, and the Lady Shoes took total control with three in the third and a seven-run explosion in the fourth.