Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 21, 2013

"Won it for Webby"

Mayfield leads Hearts to 12-inning 4-2 win

OLNEY -- Effingham senior Devin Mayfield made a promise to his fellow senior teammate Austin Webb Monday.

Webb's grandmother recently died, and he had to miss the game to attend the visitation services. Mayfield told his teammate he'd do all he could to make sure Webb to not miss the final game of the season and suit up for the game Wednesday.

It's doubtful Mayfield knew it would take 12 innings of pitching on the mound and the game-winning RBI, but a promise is a promise.

Mayfield was the star, as he tossed a complete game as Effingham topped Olney 4-2 in 12 innings. He allowed eight hits and two unearned runs in 12 innings, while striking out eight.

"(Austin Webb's) grandma died, I told him I was going to pitch for his grandma today," Mayfield said. "I didn't want it to be his last game."

Effingham coach Chris Fleener summed up the effort for his team in the regional play-in game.

"Won it for Webby," he said. "(Mayfield gave) a very, very gutsy performance. It's up there with some of the top performances that I've seen as far as the Effingham Hearts go."

Olney took a 2-0 lead after the first inning as Mayfield labored, and it could have been worse. The inning ended when Kennan Mahaffey caught a short fly ball in left and threw Ryan Bailey out at the plate to end the inning.

Effingham cut the lead to one in the second on a Trenton Frey RBI single, and tied it in the fourth on a Frey RBI double. After struggling in the first, Mayfield ran in to trouble again in the third, but a key double play in the third ended the inning by Braydon Bone, Adam Koester and Frey.

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