Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


May 3, 2014

Shoes take 2nd Cross Creek Classic

Teutopolis beats St. Anthony 9-1

EFFINGHAM — Kaitlin Smith set off some fireworks in the first at-bat of her last Cross Creek Classic.

The senior smashed a two-run home run over the left field fence in the second inning of Teutopolis' power-heavy 9-1 win against St. Anthony Friday, moving the Lady Shoes to 19-0 on the season.

Her blast was one of three the Shoes hit in the win, all in the first three innings against St. Anthony starting pitcher Makayla Walsh.

“That's a senior getting hyped up and saying, 'I want to make a difference in this game,'” Teutopolis head coach Rich Niebrugge said. “She's having so much fun right now, so it was great to see her get that big hit.”

Smith rounded the bases and gave Niebrugge a high five as she rounded third base and headed into a mob of blue jerseys at home plate.

Kadi Borries sparked the first celebration of the game with her two-out solo home run in the first inning. After Smith, it was Allison Apke's turn.

Apke connected on a two-run home run to the deepest part of center field in the third inning, giving the Shoes a 5-0 advantage, as St. Anthony's offense sputtered to only one hit in the opening three frames.

The Shoes' offense got seven hits off of Walsh, who threw a no-hitter against Dieterich on Wednesday, and chased the Bulldogs' starter after three innings.

“They hit the change-up,” St. Anthony head coach Crystal Tipton said. “The change-up wasn't changing speed enough and they saw it.”

Walsh's change-up was too similar to her fastball, Tipton said. The change-up would've ideally thrown off the timing of the Teutopolis hitters.

Jenna Woltman replaced Walsh on the mound, but the Shoes' offense didn't fret. They scored three runs in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth against the freshman pitcher.

Three consecutive singles by Madison Cowman, Anni Borries and Kadi Borries fueled the three-run fourth inning. Raegan Drees drove in the Shoes' run in the fifth.

Kadi Borries led the Shoes with three hits on the night, including a home run and two singles. Practice keep paying off for the sophomore and her teammates.

“These girls practice so hard and they push themselves,” Niebrugge said. “They don't just wake up and hit balls like that.”

Borries was also on top of her game in the pitching circle, only surrendering four hits to the Bulldogs.

St. Anthony catcher Hunter Niebrugge accounted for her team's only run of the game. She smacked a one-out double in the fourth inning and later scored on a passed ball.

The Bulldogs' next best scoring threat came in the seventh inning, when they were already in a 9-1 hole. Emma Richards led off the inning with a pinch-hit single, but was stranded at third base.

“We got quite a few balls in play, but, it happened against Altamont (on Thursday), we're just hitting it right at their fielders,” Tipton said.

Borries ended the night with four strikeouts and a complete game victory, continuing to pitch well.

Teutopolis returns to action at 4:30 p.m. Monday against Shelbyville. St. Anthony (12-9) is back in action at 4:30 p.m. Monday, hosting South Central.

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

St. Anthony     000 100 0     1 4 1

Teutopolis     122 310 X     9 11 0

WP -  K. Borries (7 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 K, 2 BB) LP - Walsh (3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 1 K)

St. Anthony: Walsh (BB), Niebrugge (2B, R), E. Richards (1B), Spraul (BB), Nuxoll (1B), Gardewine (1B)

Teutopolis: Cowman (1B), A. Borries (2 1B, RBI), K. Borries (2 1B, HR, 2 RBI, SB), Apke (1B, HR, 2 RBI), Repking (1B), J. Wente (1B), C. Wente (BB), Smith (HR, BB, 2 RBI), R. Drees (RBI)


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