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.
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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)
Makayla Walsh played the role of starter and stopper.
Flaming Hearts win St. Anthony Invitational
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Teutopolis takes opener against St. Thomas More
Teutopolis took the course with a new coach and four players, but as coach Becky Probst said, it takes four to score.
And those four Lady Shoes took their first match of the year, topping Champaign St. Thomas More 216-227 in both teams' openers at Cardinal Golf Course in Effingham.
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The fall sports campaign kicks off in earnest Monday afternoon, with the first area varsity contests being held in Windsor and Effingham this afternoon.
The St. Anthony Invitational boys golf tournament will be held at Fox Prairie Golf Course at 1 p.m. in Windsor, while the Teutopolis Lady Shoes host St. Thomas More at Cardinal Golf Course at 4 p.m.
Flaming Hearts' flexibility a plus; Effingham prepping for upcoming soccer season
Three days into the practice season, Effingham soccer coach Aaron Witges sees a lot of flexibility.
It was something his squad had last year, with 10 seniors but young players forcing their way into the lineup as well.
Coming off a 10-8-3 season, some of those young players will find themselves in new positions for the Flaming Hearts this season.
Flaming Hearts set with new coach
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As a former player for the Hearts, coach Mindy McCollum-Boswell will look to lead her team to their first regional title since 2008.
Czachorski: Bears backups worrisome
This might sound shockingly similar to a number of columns I've written in the past, but it bears repeating (excusing a terrible pun).
The quarterback situation is worrisome.
Newton soccer kicks off, inaugural season starts Sept. 2
For the first time in the history of Newton High School, a soccer team will be a part of the fall sports season.
Pocrnich wins national ATV title
As people get older, their chance at a national championship diminishes, but Effingham’s Kevin Pocrnich was able to win one at 49 years old.
Pocrnich won the Class 16 Senior 40+ Mountain Dew ATV Motocross Championship and according to the league website, finished fourth in the Class 14 30+ Veteran division. He went out with a bang, winning the final race of the season in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee Saturday.
Teutopolis alum Thompson part of no-hitter
A pair of Effingham natives are making some noise up in the Northwest League.
Teutopolis alumnus Derek Thompson and Effingham alumnus Nick Gardewine, both members of the Spokane Indians in the Texas Rangers organization, earned some recognition over the past week.
Comets coming off stellar season
The Stew-Stras Comets finished in second-place at the state championship last season, a high-water mark for the program in recent years.
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