Effingham Daily News
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.
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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)