RYAN CZACHORSKI Daily News
Effingham Daily News
---- — DIETERICH — Dieterich trailed by one run in the seventh inning with the bases loaded and one out, the third time in four innings the Movin' Maroons had loaded them up.
Clayton Camtpon stepped in to the box in a 4-3 game, and flared a pitch from Devin Olmstead to right field.
Initially, it looked as if it might get down, but Matt Kingery was playing slightly in and quickly flagged it down.
Cole Hartke and Trenton Poe weren't so quick, as both were caught off base, giving Kingery an easy double play at first to end the game with a 4-3 win for Neoga.
"We would have been doubled off at either base," said Dieterich coach Jamie VanScyoc. "It's routine things, if they don't go, it gives our guy at third a chance to tag and we still have another chance to win it."
Neoga led the whole way, taking a 1-0 lead after one and extending it to 3-0 by the fourth. Dieterich scrapped back to make it 3-2, before the teams traded runs late.
Jake drove in Logan Rankin in the sixth to push the lead to 4-2. Dieterich began to come back in the seventh with a leadoff single by Alex Bohnhoff, a one-out walk by Jake Bohnhoff, and a fly ball by Poe that went for an error.
With the bases loaded, Cole Hartke drew an RBI walk to cut the lead to 4-3, but Olmstead came in and forced the fly ball that would end the game, locking down a win for Guy Walk and a save for himself.
"Easiest save he'll ever get, but the hardest one he'll ever come into," said Neoga coach Zach Miller, who was filling in for Ted Kerner. "I told him 'You'll never come into a hardest spot than that, with tying run at third and the winning run at second and one out.'"
The Indians' first run came in the first when a bloop single to right field by Tyler Romack fell in between second baseman Hartke and Reid Shoemaker in right. They'd score two more in the fourth, scoring runs on a bases-loaded hit by pitch by Rankin and a walk by Zach Monroe.
Dieterich got an RBI single in the fourth from Hartke, leaving them loaded, and would score again in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Poe, leaving the bases loaded again.
The two teams began this game Tuesday, playing less than an inning with Neoga up 2-0 before a thunderstorm quickly came and washed the game out. The game was started over from the beginning.
For the Movin' Maroons, it was another tough National Trail Conference loss, losing their third game by one run.
"The way we're looking at it, those mistakes have cost us three conference games," VanScyoc said. "It's plays we make in the field or balls that we haven't caught that we should have. We're going to keep working, pushing forward and things are going to come together by the end of the fall season."
Walk earned the win, going 6.1 innings before leaving with the bases loaded. He allowed five hits, five walks and struck out seven while allowing three runs (two earned).
He was also 2-for-4, while Rankin, Romack and Baker each had one hit and one RBI.
"He was a bulldog for us," Miller said. "We lucked in to one, to be honest. They played a great game. I thought we did a pretty good job hanging in there, but I think we lucked in to one."
Hartke was 2-for-3 for Dieterich, reaching base all four times thanks to a walk and an error. Poe and Shoemaker each went 1-for-3 and Alex Bohnhoff was 1-for-4.
Dieterich (3-6, 1-3) heads to Teutopolis this afternoon for a non-conference matchup with the Wooden Shoes.
Neoga improves to 5-1 and remains undefeated at 2-0 in the NTC. Today's game with Windsor/Stew-Stras has been postponed, and the Indians get back at it Friday at home against Altamont.
Neoga 100 201 0 4 8 4
Dieterich 000 110 1 3 5 0
WP - Walk (6.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 5 BB) LP - Traub (5 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 7 K, 5 BB) SV - Olmstead (0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 K, 0 BB)
Neoga: Rankin (1-2, RBI, 2 R, SB); Monroe (0-2, RBI, SB); Baker (1-4, RBI); Romack (1-4, RBI); Moore (1-4, R); Walk (2-4); Kingery (2-2)
Dieterich: A. Bohnhoff (1-4, 2 R); Traub (0-2, R); Poe (1-3, RBI); Hartke (2-3, RBI); Shoemaker (1-3)