Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


April 10, 2014

Bulldogs blow out BCCH 21-2

BEECHER CITY — St. Anthony base runners were active on Wednesday, taking 20 extra bags by steals or passed balls during the Bulldogs' 21-2 rout.

Morgan Gardewine finished among the most greedy, scoring twice on passed balls in a 10-run third inning, while collecting one steal and advancing two other times.

The Bulldogs stole eight bases against Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick, led by Paige Koester's pair of steals.

“Any time you see a ball being a little bit wild or going to the backstop a lot, you're going to take advantage of it,” said St. Anthony head coach Crystal Tipton. “We took advantage of what we could to get the runs.”

BCCH starting pitcher Kirby Herrmann put in a lot of work against the Bulldogs' lineup, facing 30 batters in the third and fourth innings alone.

St. Anthony scored 18 runs in the two-inning stretch after Herrmann only gave up two runs on two hits in the first two innings. Kate Richards and Maddie Schuette each had RBI singles in the second.

The Bulldogs walked 10 times in the game and were hit three times, forcing Herrmann to throw a lot of pitches. Kristen Schuette walked twice, got hit twice, and had an RBI single in her other at-bat.

Herrmann pitched with four stitches in her ankle, after getting cleated in the Eagles first game this season. Wednesday's game was only the Eagles' third this season.

“She's a good kid,” BCCH head coach Carolyn Wendte said. “Kirby was hurting.”

The loss was somewhat of a moral victory for the Eagles, who Wendte said are “rebuilding big time.” In their three games this season, the Eagles have increased their run total by one each game.

“We got beat bad,” Wendte said. “The first day of practice, we only had eight kids out here. I have four or rive kids that haven't seen a softball in their life.”

An error on shortstop Kacie Hilt, on a Kristen Schuette grounder, scored two runs for St. Anthony in the third inning. Also, Gardewine hit a two-run single in her second at-bat of the inning.

Schuette pitched in relief of Jenna Woltman, who threw a perfect two innings for the Bulldogs. Schuette pitched the final three innings, giving up three hits and two walks. She had four strikeouts.

The Eagles' two runs came on a Herrmann grounder that got past third baseman Laura Gurtner, scoring Lea Orschel and Amanda Pierce in the third inning.

St. Anthony followed its 10-run third with eight more in the fourth. Woltman drove in two runs on a single, before Hunter Niebrugge connected on the Bulldogs' only extra base hit of the night, a two-run double to deep left field.

Gardewine and Maddie Schuette led the team with three RBIs apiece, while some of the Bulldogs' bench players entered the game and got in on the action.

Emma Richards had two RBIs in three at-bats, off the bench, while Gurtner and Allison Spraul registered one RBI apiece.

“The best part about it is it was a full team effort,” Tipton said. “Our girls on the bench came up and were hitting and proving they can play just as much as our other girls can.”

BCCH returns to the field at 4:30 p.m. today, hosting Okaw Valley. St. Anthony (8-2) travels to Charleston for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch today.

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

St. Anthony                    0210 81     21 13 1

Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick          002 00          2 3 5

WP - K Schuette (3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K) LP - Herrmann (5 IP, 12 H, 21 R, 2 K, 10 BB)

St. Anthony: Koester (1B, BB, 2 R, 2 SB), Gardewine (2 1B, 3 RBI, SB), Walsh (BB, SB, R) Spraul (BB, RBI), Woltman (1B, 2 RBI, BB), Niebrugge (2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB), K. Richards (2 1B, RBI, BB), K. Schuette (1B, 2 RBI, 2 BB), M. Schuette (1B, 3 RBI), Gurtner (1B, BB, RBI), Nuxoll (1B, SB, R), E. Richards (1B, 2 RBI)

BCCH: Pierce (2 1B, R), Hilt (1B, SB), Herrmann (2 RBI), Gates (BB), Orschel (BB, R)


Text Only
  • Mike McDonald.jpg Effingham football coach Mike McDonald to retire at year's end

    The idea of retirement has been on Effingham football coach Mike McDonald's mind for a while.
    But he's finally acting on it, as McDonald announced that he plans to retire as the head coach of the Flaming Hearts at the end of the 2014 season.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • MammoserLeft.jpg Switching it up; Newton's Mammoser trying his hands at switch pitching

    American Legion fans around the central Illinois area have started to hear of Newton’s Brock Mammoser.
    The pole vaulter, point guard and quarterback also finds time for the baseball field, and while he routinely sat in the middle of the order for Post 20 played shortstop and first base with flair, there’s one thing everyone came back to.
    He’s a switch pitcher. Mammoser took to the mound left and right for Newton, literally, pitching games with both his left and his right arm.
    It all started with a half-hearted suggestion a few years back.

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • czachorskimug.jpg Czachorski: Extra innings intrigue unmatched

    Obscenely long baseball games are my kryptonite. Once I get sucked in, it’s impossible for me to stop watching until it’s over. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Cubs, the Cardinals, the Astros or the Mariners — if it’s on TV and it’s going into the twelfth inning or later, you can bet I’m finding a way to tune in.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-29NewtonOrientmain.JPG Newton's season ends in 14-4 loss

     Newton Post 20 almost pulled another comeback off against the Orient Miners, cutting a 5-1 deficit to 5-4 midway through Monday night’s game.
    But Newton’s Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament run came to an end, as Orient rattled off nine runs in the sixth inning and clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 14-4 win.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-28NewtonSundaygame2.JPG Comeback win keeps Post 20 alive in 10-7 win

    Newton Post 120 didn’t let a 4-1 deficit get to them against Highland Post 439, using a patient approach in the face of an elimination game.
    Three bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the third tied the game at 4-4, and with the bases loaded down 5-4 in the fourth, Tim Weber broke the game open with a two-run double and an error.
    By the time the dust settled, Newton led 10-5 heading to the sixth inning and would hold on to a 10-7 win to keep its season alive.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-28NewtonSundaygame1.JPG Salem deals Newton first divisional loss

    Mitch Bierman started off Newton Post 20’s game against Salem Post 128 with a bang Sunday afternoon, hitting a leadoff triple and scoring on the next batter.
    Post 20’s offense didn’t follow his lead from there, as Newton had just three more hits and no runs, and falling in a Junior Legion Fifth Division winner’s bracket game to Salem 12-1 in seven innings.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0725.JPG 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. 

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • daughertyfootball.jpg 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.
    So Saturday, the Flaming Hearts will head up to Mattoon and play their first 7-on-7 event of the season, taking part in an 10- team field with Mattoon, Rochester, Robinson, Marshall, Cahokia and Pleasant Plains from Illinois, with Terre Haute North and Northview coming from Indiana. Rochester is bringing two squads.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mammoser3.jpg 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.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bateman.jpg 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.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.