The Lady Shoes kept rolling at the Pinckneyville Showcase, winning both games and moving to a perfect 12-0.
Teutopolis fell behind 3-0 to Pinckneyville after one and it took them until the fourth to get on the board, but once they did, they put up 12 runs in three innings for the 12-6 win.
Kadi Borries was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs, while Madison Cowman drove in three runs while going 3-for-5 on the day. MacKenzie Wermert was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Anni Borries and Raegan Drees had doubles of their own.
Cowman was the winning pitcher, going all seven and striking out five in the process.
Game two was tighter against Massac County, with the Shoes taking a 2-1 lead early in the first inning and holding on until the fourth.
That's when Allison Apke and Danielle Repking hit back-to-back homers to make it 4-1, and the Shoes would win 4-2. Apke and Repking both went 2-for-3 with a home and a double, while Anni and Kadi Borries had the other two hits in identical 1-for-3 games.
Kadi Borries struck out seven in seven innings, allowing just three hits.
The Lady Shoes host BCCH today.
Teutopolis 000 615 0 12 15 1
Pinckneyville 300 010 2 6 6 1
WP - Cowman (7 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 K, 3 BB) LP - Howard (7 IP, 15 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 5 K, 0 BB)
Teutopolis: Cowman (3-5, 2B, 3 RBI, R, SB); A. Borries (3-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R); K. Borries (3-5, 2 2B, RBI, 3 R); Apke (1-4, RBI, R); Repking (1-4, RBI, R); Wermert (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, SB); Smith (1-4, 2 RBI, R); J. Drees (0-2, RBI, R, SB); R. Drees (1-4, 2B, R)
Pinckneyville: Wieland (1-3, 2 R); Jones (1-4, RBI, R); Howard (1-4, RBI, R); Morrow (2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R); Doerflein (1-4, 2B, RBI)
Teutopolis 200 200 0 4 6 0
Massac County 100 001 0 2 3 2
WP - K. Borries (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 K, 4 BB) LP - McFall (7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 K)
Teutopolis: A. Borries (1-3, R); K. Borries (1-3, R, SB); Apke (2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, R); Repking (2-3, 2B, HR, RBI, R)
Massac County: Douglas (2-2, HR, 2 RBI, R); Stunson (1-3)
Effingham splits Apollo opener
Effingham had one bad inning Saturday at Charleston, and left with a split against Charleston with a 2-1 loss and a 12-4 win.
The Flaming Hearts led 1-0 going in to the sixth inning before Ally O'Dell hit a two-run home run to give Charleston a lead they'd hold on. Brittany Beals hit a solo home run for Effingham's lone run.
Hope Collier pitched sixth innings and gave up two runs on four hits.
In game two, the two teams traded single runs in the first two innings, before Effingham scored 10 of the next 11 runs and rolled to a win.
Jenna Wright was the star of game two, doubling and hitting a homer on her way to five RBIs. Morgan Wilson had two singles, a double and three RBIs, while Madison Weis hit two doubles and had an RBI.
Effingham is now 3-3 and 1-1 in the Apollo. They play Wednesday at Cumberland.
Effingham 000 100 0 1 5 1
Charleston 000 002 X 2 4 1
WP - Fuller (7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 K, 0 BB) LP - Collier (6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB)
Effingham: Weis (2B); Nunamaker (3B); Beals (HR, RBI, R); Collier (1B); Rivera (1B)
Charleston: Finn (1B); Kennedy (2B); Youngblood (1B); O'Dell (HR, 2 RBI, R)
Effingham 113 030 4 12 18 3
Charleston 110 001 1 4 7 2
WP - Collier (7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 K, 3 BB) LP - Craft (2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 K, 3 BB)
Effingham: Weis (2 2B, RBI); Nunamaker (1B); Tonn (1B, 2B); Beals (2B); Collier (2 1B, 2B, RBI); Wright (2B, HR, 5 RBI); Meinhart (1B, 2B, RBI); Rivera (1B, 2B, RBI); Wilson (2 1B, 2B, 3 RBI)
Comets best Sullivan
A four-run fifth inning was enough for Stew-Stras/Windsor to take down Sullivan 4-3 Saturday afternoon.
The win improves the Comets' co-op to 7-1 on the season with a game in Windsor today against Neoga.
Bayleigh Tabor was 2-for-2 on the day, while Lindsay Burton, Kennedy Ferris, Mercedez Austin and Courtney Schultz had a hit. Kendall Knop had the Comets' lone RBI on the day with a sacrifice fly.
Knop also got the win on the mound, allowing three runs (two earned) in the first four innings before the Comets came back in the fifth.
She went the distance, allowing six hits and striking out six.
Stew-Stras/Windsor 000 040 0 4 6 1
Sullivan 001 200 0 3 6 3
WP - Knop (7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 K, 2 BB) LP - Inman (2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 K, 1 BB)
SS/W: Burton (1-4); Ferris (1-3); Schultz (1-3); Tabor (2-2); Austin (1-2); Knop (RBI)
Flaming Hearts sweep opener
Preston Walker and Kevin Daugherty carried Effingham to a 2-0 start in Apollo play Saturday, as the pair of pitchers each tossed a complete game in a 1-0 win and a 6-1 win, respectively.
Walker started game one, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six. The Flaming Hearts mustered just three hits, two by Kennan Mahaffey and one by Daugherty, with Mahaffey scoring in the fourth inning.
In game two, the offense came around more while Daugherty spun a gem of his own, striking out six and allowing run on seven hits.
Braydon Bone was 2-for-3 with a run, Swayde Sanders was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Carter Hayes was 1-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.
Effingham is 5-4 overall and 2-0 in Apollo Conference play. Effingham is off until next Saturday, when they travel to Mattoon for their next set of games in the Apollo for a doubleheader.
Charleston 000 000 0 0 2 1
Effingham 000 100 X 1 3 2
WP - Walker (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 K, 2 BB)
Charleston: D. Smith (1-2); Armstrong (1-2)
Effingham: Bone (0-2, BB); Mahaffey (2-3, R); Daugherty (1-2)
Charleston 000 010 0 1 7 3
Effingham 150 000 X 6 7 1
WP - Daugherty (7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 K, 0 BB) LP - R. Miller (6 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 0 K, 3 BB)
Effingham: Bone (2-3, R); Mahaffey (0-2, R, BB); Hayes (1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, BB); Sanders (2-2, 2 RBI); Poland (0-3, R); Daugherty (1-3, R); Koester (0-2, R, BB); Woltman (1-3, RBI, R)
Windsor/Stew-Stras earns second
The Windsor/Stew-Stras Blue Devils won their opener at the Charlie Due Wood Bat Tournament, but fell in the final to Champaign Central.
In the opener against Decatur St. Teresa, Christian Vonderheide gave up a run in the first inning and then dominating, allowing the lone run on two hits and a walk while striking out 15.
Offensively, he was supported by Jacob Kramer's 3-for-4 day while Alex Allen went 2-for-4 in a 4-1 win. Devin Deremiah drove in two runs with a 1-for-3 day.
Windsor/Stew-Stras led game two through three innings up 4-3, but Mark Jones and Derek Moschenrose allowed four runs in the fourth that would prove to be the margin of victory in the 7-4 loss.
Bryse Bugger was 2-for-3 with a double against Champaign Cnetral, while Nic Hutchinson, Hayden Cole and Vonderheide each had a hit and an RBI.
The Blue Devils play at Sullivan today.
Decatur St. Teresa 100 000 0 1 2 5
Windsor/Stew-Stras 202 000 X 4 7 2
WP - Vonderheide (7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 15 K, 1 BB) LP - Hlawek (5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 8 K, 1 BB)
DST: Brinkoetter (1-3, RBI); Watrous (1-3)
W/SS: Allen (2-4, 2B, R); Vonderheide (0-3, R); Kramer (3-4); Moschenrose (0-4, R); Bugger (1-3); Deremiah (1-3, 2 RBI);
Windsor/Stew-Stras 013 000 0 4 7 3
Champaign Central 030 400 X 7 10 1
WP - Altmyer (5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 K, 4 BB) LP - Jones (3.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 K, 1 BB)
W/SS: Allen (0-2, R); Vonderheide (1-2, 2B, RBI, R); Cole (1-4, 2B, RBI); Kramer (1-4, R); Hutchinson (1-3, RBI); Onhesorge (1-2); Bugger (2-3, 2B)
Newton wins in extras
It took nine full of scoreless ball, but Tanner Shull's walkoff two-run home run in the ninth was the difference as Newton beat Olney 2-0 Saturday.
Shull's home run was one of just five hits on the day, knocking in Luke Huston was well to clinch the win. Blake Probst and Allen Taylor also had hits for the Eagles.
On the mound, Caleb Chesnut was dominant, allowing nine hits in the nine full innings while not surrendering a run or a walk and striking out six. Tryston Runyon was equally impressive for Olney, striking out 10 in eight innings with three hits, but the Eagles got right to his replacement, Noah Buscher, ending the game in his first two batters.
Newton improves to 2-3 and 1-1 in Little Illini Conference play.
The Eagles host Lawrenceville this afternoon.
Olney 000 000 000 0 9 1
Newton 000 000 002 2 5 3
WP - Chesnut (9 IP, 9 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 K, 0 BB) LP - Buscher (0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K)
Olney: N. Shan (3-5, 2B); Runyon (1-5); Billington (3-4, SB); E. Eagleson (1-4); Buscher (1-4)
Newton: Huston (2-4, R); Shull (1-4, HR, 2 RBI, R); Probst (1-2); Taylor (1-2, SB)
Neoga sweeps Tri-County
Runs weren't at a premium for Neoga Saturday, scoring 25 runs in two games for an 11-8 win and a 14-4 win against Tri-County.
In game one, Tyler Romack was the star at the plate, smacking a double and a homer for three RBIs, while Jordan Hoedebecke drove in two runs. Logan Rankin and Guy Walk each had a single and a double.
Trevor Moore earned the win in game one, while Hoedebecke got the win in game two.
The second game was tied going to the fifth at 4-4, when Neoga exploded for 10 runs and ended the game right there.
Jake Baker had a home run and four RBIs and Moore drove in three runs.
Neoga is now 8-2-1 overall and heads to Altamont today.
Tri-County 200 230 1 8 9 2
Neoga 240 203 X 11 9 1
WP - Moore LP - E. Furgeson SV - Walk
TC: Stone (1B); E. Furgeson (1B); Hovia (1B); Cl. Foster (1B); Armstrong (HR, 4 RBI); Ca. Foster (1B), C. Furgeson (1B, RBI); Getche (2B, RBI); Simons (1B, RBI)
Neoga: Kingery (2B); Rankin (1B, 2B); Baker (1B, RBI); Romack (2B, HR, 3 RBI); Walk (1B, 2B); Hoedebecke (1B, 2 RBI)
Tri-County 300 01 4 6 5
Neoga 220 0(10) 14 12 1
WP - Hoedebecke LP - C. Furgeson
TC: C. Furgeson (1B); Hovia (1B); Cl. Foster (1B, 2B, RBI); Armstrong (1B, RBI); Dye (1B, RBI)
Neoga: Kingery (1B); Rankin (1B); Hoedebecker (1B, RBI); Baker (1B, HR, 4 RBI); Romack (RBI); Monroe (2 1B); Easton (1B); Moore (2 1B, 3 RBI); Atwell (1B, 2B, 2 RBI)
Bombers win one of two
Vandalia's offense was a bit too much in an 8-6 loss for Brownstown/St. Elmo Saturday, but the Bombers rebounded with a 20-10 win over Mulberry Grove later that day.
In game one. The Vandals grabbed eight early runs in the first four innings and held on from there, dealing the loss to Dalton Parks.
Offensively, Levi Maxey was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI and Malachi Maxey drove in two with a 1-for-4 day.
Offense wasn't an issue in game two, as Jacob Behrends was 2-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs, Dustin Lawson was 2-for-3 and two RBIs and Parks scored five times on the day.
Drake Hall earned the win on the hill in three innings of work.
The Bombers are 5-6 and play at Sandoval Tuesday.
Brownstown/St. Elmo 031 020 0 6 7 2
Vandalia 221 300 X 8 10 2
WP - Bowen (4.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 K, 6 BB) LP - Parks (2.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 K, 3 BB)
B/SE: L. Maxey (2-5, 2B, RBI); Parks (1-5); Behrends (1-3); Flowers (1-2); Feezel (1-2); M. Maxey (1-4, 2 RBI); Hall (RBI)
Vandalia: Well (1-4); Schaal (2-4); Bowen (2-4, 2B); Smith (1-3); Beck (3-4, 2 2B); Stewart (1-3)
Mulberry Grove 332 11 10 11 12
Brownstown/St. Elmo 36(10) 01 20 8 4
WP - Hall (3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 K, 2 BB) LP - Sloan (2 IP, 4 H, 9 R, 2 K, 6 BB)
Mulberry Grove: Sloan (3-3, 3 2B); Murray (2-3); Goodin (2-3, HR); Childress (2-4, 2B); Ketchem (2-2, 2 2B)
Brownstown/St. Elmo: L. Maxey (1-4); Parks (5 R); Behrends (2-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI); Lawson (2-3, 2 RBI); Flowers (1-3, RBI); Hall (1-2, 2B, RBI); M. Maxey (1-3, 2B, RBI)
Cougars drop two
South Central played at the Benton RBI Tournament Saturday and came away empty-handed, falling to Benton 15-5 and 12-8 to Johnston City.
Benton jumped all over Noah Powless in game one, making it 5-0 through two and a half before South Central answered, but the Cougars couldn't play catch-up.
Gavin Ratermann had a two-run homer and a double with a 3-for-4 game, Dylan Smith had a solo home run, and Tyus Holmes was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
In game two, South Central's seven-run fourth put them up big, but up 8-5, they allowed seven of their own in the sixth to Johnston City to fall behind for good.
Smith, Powless and Jace Wilkins all had two hits and an RBI.
South Central (3-3) plays at home Monday against Odin.
Benton 302 123 4 15 11 1
South Central 003 020 0 5 11 8
WP - Higgins LP - Powless (5 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 3 ER, 4 K, 3 BB)
Benton: Ward (3-4, 2B, 2 RBI); Higgins (2-5, HR, 2 RBI); Owens (2-4, 2B, RBI)
South Central: Ratermann (3-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI); Smith (1-4, HR, RBI); Holmes (2-4, RBI); Wilkins (1-3, RBI)
South Central 000 701 0 8 12 7
Johnston City 102 027 X 12 12 4
WP - Crow LP - Bray (5.1 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 5 ER, 3 K, 1 BB)
SC: Smith (2-4, RBI); Wilkins (2-3, RBI); Powless (2-3, RBI); Ratermann (1-4, RBI)
JC: Waters (3-4, HR, 2 RBI); Tanner (3-4, 2B); Gregge (2-4, 2B, RBI); Ziegler (2-5, 2 RBI)
Effingham baseball sweeps opener
The Lady Shoes kept rolling at the Pinckneyville Showcase, winning both games and moving to a perfect 12-0.
Illini coach Groce stops in Effingham; Speech focuses on team building
A crowded ballroom met for "An Evening with John Groce” Thursday inside the Thelma Keller Convention Center.
Groce has been the men's basketball coach at the University of Illinois since March 2012. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Ohio University, where he led the Bobcats to a Sweet 16 appearance in 2012.
His speech was focused on team building and Groce said it was the a variation of the same speech he will give Sunday evening at his beginning-of-the-year players' meeting.
St. Anthony second at Charleston scramble
In their first meet of the season, the St. Anthony Bulldogs came out firing, taking second place at the Charleston Invitational Thursday afternoon.
The tournament was a scramble at Charleston Country Club, and the hosting Trojans took home the tournament with a combined score of 72. St. Anthony was five shots back, shooting a 77. Effingham finished fourth with an 88, and Teutopolis took ninth with a 98.
Czachorski: Lunt the right man at QB
There haven't been many times I've put pen to paper — or I guess more fittingly finger to keyboard — and written about the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Part of it is due to their football team's struggles, as it's hard to have an opinion on them outside of "man, they went 1-7 in the Big 10 last year" or "I remember that one time they went to the Rose Bowl, but that's about it." Part of it is staying in my wheelhouse, which is MAC football and my alma mater Central Michigan Chippewas, a topic that doesn't concern many, if any, around here.
Neoga prepares for upcoming volleyball season
Another area team finds themselves with a new coach holding the clipboard this season.
Susan Hutchinson is the new volleyball coach for the Neoga Indians, but she isn't new to the game of volleyball. Hutchinson coached at Mattoon for seven years when they were still in the Big 12 Conference. She said her new players had to get used to her coaching style very quickly.
Bulldogs fifth at ISU
St. Anthony took to the links for the second-straight day and had a strong showing at the Raider/Redbird Classic.
The Bulldogs finished fifth among a 20-team field, shooting a 318. East Peoria shot a 312 to win it, Normal U-High and Lincoln each shot 315s with Normal winning the tie-breaker, and Bloomington took fourth with a 317.
St. Anthony will lead with speed
For the last five years, Eric Morales has been the assistant coach of the St. Anthony Bulldogs soccer team. But this season he will have his chance at the helm and try to help lead the Bulldogs to their first regional title since 2010.
St. Anthony is missing six seniors from last years team, including its leading goal scorer and starting goalie.
Flaming Hearts win St. Anthony Invitational
The Flaming Hearts of Effingham were the overall winners and also had the medalist. Effingham shot a team score of 312 to beat the host Bulldogs by nine shots. Hearts senior Jackson Wendling finished with a 72 to take medalist honors.
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.
Time to tee off, golf season starts fall sports campaign today
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.
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