Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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April 16, 2014

Walsh, Bulldogs fend off Newton 17-8

NEWTON — Makayla Walsh played the role of starter and stopper.

She relieved St. Anthony pitcher Jenna Woltman, who was struggling to locate her pitches, and stopped the bleeding during a four-run fourth inning.

She also had two hits, including a second-inning home run, and six RBIs during the Bulldogs' 17-8 win against Newton on Tuesday.

“She got the job done and got us the (win),” St. Anthony head coach Crystal Tipton said. “She came in and did exactly what we needed her to do.”

Walsh replaced Woltman with one out in the fourth inning after Karsyn McCoy shrank the Bulldogs' lead, 10-7, with one swing of the bat – a grand slam over the right field fence.

She gave up one run in 3 2-3 innings, getting some help from her the defense behind her in the sixth.

The senior gave up back-to-back hits to start the inning, scoring Emily Kerner. Newton's Mackenzie Baker stepped to the plate with no outs and laced one into right field.

The Eagles' runner rounded third base, but was cut down at the plate for the first out, before St. Anthony catcher Hunter Niebrugge made a heads up play to throw out Baker, who was trying to take second base.

Kristen Schuette made an unassisted double play to end the game in the seventh, catching a liner off of Maddie Stanley's bat and throwing Brittany Fore out at second base.

Walsh' offense was in just as good of form, reaching base three times and coming up with six RBIs.

Her two-run home run in the second inning was the first of back-to-back blasts, accompanied by Niebrugge's solo home run. Both came at the end of a seven-run inning.

McCoy retired two of the first four St. Anthony batters in the inning, but Morgan Gardewine started a rally with a two-run single. The Bulldogs added two more singles and two home runs in the inning.

“Our bats were rolling today,” Tipton said. “We moved things around in the lineup a bit and it worked.”

Among the changes, Woltman moved into the second spot of the batting order. Gardewine hit ninth, but had two RBIs, scored and walked twice. Woltman had four RBIs and scored four times.

The same offensive punch the Bulldogs delivered wasn't there for Newton, whose head coach said was emotionally absent during the game.

McCoy was a single shy of hitting for the cycle, gathering six RBIs in the game, while Fore and Kerner each had two hits and reached base eight times.

“We aren't our normal team right now,” Newton head coach Sara Beam said. “We used 17 players today, if that tells you anything.”

St. Anthony is off until next week, when the Bulldogs play a 4:30 p.m. road game on Monday against St. Elmo/Brownstown. Newton is right back in action at 4:30 p.m. today at Casey-Westfield.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

St. Anthony     170 225 0     17 13 2

Newton     102 401 0     8 9 4

WP - Walsh (3.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 K) LP: McCoy (1.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)

St. Anthony: Koester (2 1B, BB, SB), Woltman (2 1B, 2 BB, 4 RBI, 2 SB), Walsh (1B, HR, 6 RBI), Niebrugge (1B, HR, BB, RBI), K. Richards (2B, BB, RBI), K. Schuette (2B, 2 BB), M. Schuette (2 1B), Spraul (1B), Nuxoll (BB), Gardewine (1B, 2 BB)

Newton: Fore (2 1B, 2 BB), Johnson (BB, 2 HBP, R), Kerner (2 1B, 2 BB, 3 R), McCoy (2B, 3B, HR, 6 RBI), Baker (1B, BB), Probst (1B, BB), Sandschafer (RBI), Richards (BB)

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