Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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April 24, 2013

Take two: Bulldogs beat Blue Devils in rainy rematch

WINDSOR -- Two weeks ago, St. Anthony looked to have a win against Windsor before Mother Nature intervened.

Both teams and the rain were back at it Tuesday, but St. Anthony and Windsor battled the elements for six innings before the game was called, with St. Anthony out in front 7-6 in the seventh inning.

The earlier game was still in the fifth inning, so it was not official, but the Bulldogs notched an official win in six Tuesday to move to 8-5 and 4-1 in the NTC.

It rained for nearly all of the game, with the field finally giving way in the seventh with St. Anthony up. Head coach Crystal Tipton said she was glad the team left Windsor with a win in hand, as opposed to another cancellation.

”I was going to camp there if I had to,” she said.

Early on, Windsor took control and the lead. In the second inning, Mercedez Austin led off by reaching on an error, and Charley Bailey had an infield single that scored Austin on a subsequent error. From there, Dani Bell tripled in Bailey with two outs and Lindsay Floyd singled home Bell to put the Blue Devils up 3-0.

St. Anthony went right back to work, loading up the bases with no out in the top of the third. D.J. Brummer tried to score on a wild pitch, but Bell threw her out at the plate. Floyd then struck out Paige Koester and looked to be out of the inning.

Morgan Gardewine popped up to second, but Austin dropped the pop up, allowing a run to score. Another run crossed on a wild pitch, and Hunter Niebrugge laced a two-run single to right to put St. Anthony up 4-3.

“We knew we needed to get the ball in play as much as we can,” Tipton said. “Lindsay is a good pitcher, but we were hoping to have them kick the ball around a little bit.”

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