By RYAN CZACHORSKI Daily News
Effingham Daily News
---- — 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.”
St. Anthony kicked it around a little bit themselves, allowing Windsor to retake the lead in the third. Bayleigh Tabor had a two-run double down the right field line to give Windsor a 5-4 lead. Bell had an infield single where she dove to beat the throw to first, and Kate Richards’ throw to third to get out Tabor sailed, allowing Tabor to score and go up 6-4.
The Bulldogs inched closer in the fourth when Allison Spraul scored on a double steal, and they kept it that way when Meghan Woltman struck out the side after loading the bases with no outs.
They’d take the lead for good in the fifth. Kristen Schuette hit a fly ball to left with two outs, but the elements affected Bailey in left as she dropped it, allowing Makayla Walsh to score and tie the game at 6-6. Schuette scored on the next batter when Richards doubled to right.
Up 7-6, the Bulldogs simply looked to ride out the storm -- or wait for it to end the game. And it did, giving the Bulldogs the win.
The teams combined for X errors, with the Bulldogs notching X and Windsor totaling X. It’s a concern for Tipton, she said.
“We’ve been plagued with these errors off and on,” she said. “We have games where we have no errors, and then there are some games where it’s like ‘What is going on?’
“The weather didn’t help, but there were some balls that should have been caught.”
Hunter Niebrugge was 1-for3 with two RBIs. Kristen Schuette, Richards and Brummer were all 1-for-3 with a double. Walsh scored twice in the game and was 1-for-2. Maddie Schuette was 2-for-2 for the Bulldogs.
Bell went 2-for-4 for the Blue Devils with a triple and an RBI. Floyd went 1-for-4 with an RBI, and Tabor was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Whitney Kuhl went 2-for-3 for Windsor.
All six of Windsor’s runs were unearned, and Floyd allowed just three earned runs out of her seven. Woltman struck out eight and allowed seven hits, while Floyd struck out nine and gave up nine hits.
Windsor takes on Neoga Thursday at home, while St. Anthony faces off with Stew-Stras today.
St. Anthony 004 120 7 9 6
Windsor 033 000 6 7 3
WP - Woltman LP - Floyd
Windsor: Bell (2-4, 3B, RBI, R); Floyd (1-4, RBI); Kuhl (2-3, BB); Reed (1-4); Tabor (1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R)
St. Anthony: Gardewine (1-4, R); Walsh (1-2, 2 R, BB, SB); Niebrugge (1-3, 2B, 2 RBI); K. Schuette (1-3, 2B, RBI, R); Richards (1-3, 2B, RBI); Brummer (1-3, 2B); Woltman (1-2, 2 R. BB, SB); M. Schuette (2-2, 2 SB)