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.
Newton Post 20 bests Belleville Post 58 in opener 6-1
After a 9-3 loss to Breese Post 252 Gray Monday night, Newton Post 20 coach John Grunloh predicted the five-day break until the Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament would be good for his players, especially his pitchers.Mitch Jansen proved his coach right, spinning a gem in Newton's opener Saturday afternoon as Post 20 made short work of Belleville Post 58 6-1.
Hearts to prep with Mattoon 7-on-7
Two weeks ago, Effingham was supposed to start shaking off the rust with a 7-on-7 football tournament in Mattoon. Naturally, it rained and was canceled.
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Newton Post 20 plays Belleville Saturday
With the District 23 tournament behind them, Newton Post 20 now knows its fate for the Fifth Division Junior Legion tournament this weekend in Bethalto.
Newton will play Belleville Post 58 at 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Bethalto, in the third game of six on the day.
Effingham's season comes to a close with 11-1 loss to Salem
A 1-0 lead for Effingham Post 120 rapidly evaporated, and the post’s Junior Legion season came to an end with a 11-1 loss in five innings to Salem Post 128 Tuesday night.
The game was for the final spot of District 23 in the divisional tournament, with Newton Post 20 and Breese Post 252 Gray punching their tickets by winning their district divisions.
Newton Post 20 falls short against Breese Gray 9-3
While the District 23 title ultimately exceeded Newton Post 20’s grasp, their season will continue in Bethalto.
Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
“The innings where they put some runs on us, we gave them some extra outs,” said Newton coach John Grunloh. “You’ve got to make the plays when you play better teams.”
Barnes' one-hitter boosts Post 120; Effingham beats Dieterich 1-0
Ryan Barnes hasn’t seen a lot of time with Effingham Post 120’s junior legion team this season, but he showed up in a big way Monday night in a 1-0 win over Dieterich Post 628.
The win kept Effingham’s season alive one more day in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament, as the post will face Salem Post 128 at 5:30 p.m. today for the district’s final spot in the divisional round. Salem Post 128 downed Mt. Vernon Post 141 1-0 in the West Division loser’s bracket, setting up the final with Effingham today.
Newton Post 20 tops Effingham Post 120 7-5 late
Most of the games at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament have seen pitching take control, but the pitchers in Sunday night's Effingham Post 120/Newton Post 20 game faced an uphill battle.
While Brock Mammoser started the game for Post 20 on the hill and struggled, he came through with the biggest hit in the game, putting Newton up for good in a 7-5 win over Effingham.
Dieterich Post 628 eliminates Teutopolis Post 924 3-2
Errors proved to be Teutpolis Post 924's undoing against Dieterich Post 628, as Dieterich's sixth-inning rally in an 3-2 win were boosted by three Teutopolis errors
To lead off the sixth, Trenton Poe reached on an error by Brock Bueker, and came around to score on an infield single by Ryan Radloff with a throwing error on Bueker. Poe was already on third when the ball went in the Teutopolis dugout, awarding Poe home to tie the game.
Bryce McClain followed with an RBI single to score Radloff and put Post 628 up for good. Dieterich scored again on a Briar Schmidt groundout where first baseman Brant Bueker tried to get an inning-ending out at second, but the throw was wild and brought home McClain.
Teutopolis, Deters down Altamont Post 512 2-0
TEUTOPOLIS — Lucas Deters didn't get a ton of run support from his Teutopolis Post 924 teammates, but he didn't need much in a complete-game shutout, and Teutopolis ended Altamont Post 512's season with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon.
Deters' efforts at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament kept Teutopolis alive in the loser's bracket to face Dieterich Post 628 immediately following the win.
Two-out rally pushes Dieterich to win; Post 628 beats Vandalia Post 95 4-3
Down one with two outs and Vandalia Post 95 ace Zach Schaal coming in in relief, Dieterich Post 628 had a tough task to keep its season alive.
But down 3-2, Cole Hartke and Charlie Thoele laced back-to-back singles to score Briar Schmidt and Flach, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead.
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