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.
Tara Stephens had an RBI triple to go along with Anni Borries' homer in the third, and the Lady Shoes banged out five hits and took advantage of three St. Anthony errors in the fourth.
St. Anthony refused to quit, however, staying alive by scoring a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
Makayla Walsh's fourth homer of the spring — a two-run shot — then cut T-Town's lead to 12-6 in the sixth. But Kadi Borries answered with her aforementioned blast and she finished St. Anthony off in the seventh.
The teams combined for 22 hits in an impressive offensive showcase.
"Solid hitting on both parts," St. Anthony coach Crystal Tipton said. "T-Town clearly outhit us, but our girls didn't back down against a good pitcher. That's the positive we're taking out of this.
"They had a few dingers out there that I think are still flying."
Hunter Niebrugge continued her hot hitting by going 3-for-4 for the Lady Bulldogs, and Kate Richards and Walsh had two hits apiece.
"We were one or two outs away from getting the game called (due to the 10-run rule)," Tipton said. "I'm proud of how the girls battled."
T-Town continues to roll, despite a lineup that features a number of underclassmen. The Lady Shoes' only loss was to Altamont.
"The girls have played hard," Niebrugge said. "We still haven't had that perfect ballgame yet, but we're seeing a lot of improvement from girls."
Both coaches are looking forward to making the Cross Creek Classic a tradition.
"Once we knew they were leaving the conference, I felt we needed to still have something on the line," Tipton said. "It's such a wonderful rivalry. We needed to create something to keep the rivalry elevated."
"It was a fun one," Niebrugge said. "I tip my hat to Crystal. It was her idea to do this."
T-Town 14, St. Anthony 6
T-Town 023 700 0 — 14 11 1
St. Anthony 010 123 0 — 6 10 5
WP — K.Borries. LP — Woltman.
T-Town Top Hitters: K.Borries 2-3 (HR, 2 BI), A.Borries 3-4 (HR, 4 BI), Swingler 1-3, Cowman 1-2 (2B), Stephens 1-3 (3B, 2 BI), Dust (BI)
St. Anthony Top Hitters: Walsh 2-4 (HR, 2 BI), Richards 2-4, Niebrugge 3-4 (BI), Woltman 1-3, Brummer (2 BI), Nuxoll 1-3.