Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


April 25, 2014

Mt. Zion sweeps Effingham, Hearts lose 8-0 and 11-1

EFFINGHAM — A pair of triples sparked offensive outbursts for Mt. Zion in its two dominating wins against Effingham in Thursday's Apollo Conference doubleheader.

The first popped off the bat of Morgan Mansur, in game one, for a two-out RBI that started a five-run inning for Mt. Zion in their 8-0 win.

Mansur and the next three batters ended up scoring in the inning, which was back loaded with three consecutive fielding errors for the Flaming Hearts — a trend throughout the doubleheader.

“A lot of mental errors led to the physical errors,” Effingham head coach Jerry Trigg said. “We're just not very good right now. We didn't focus at all.”

The Braves added two runs on three consecutive singles to start the second inning and added one more in the third before Effingham starting pitcher Hope Collier put a stop to the scoring the rest of the way.

Collier battled out of bases-loaded jams in three of the last four innings. The Braves loaded the bases without making an out to start the fourth and sixth innings.

Mansur silenced Effingham's offense despite Collier's attempts to buy her team extra innings against the threat of a 10-run rule. Mansur retired 12 straight to end the game. She finished with 11 strikeouts.

“Our approach at the plate was just terrible,” Trigg said. “We would swing at the bad pitches and let the good ones go by.”

Effingham was cut short of scoring in the first inning when Katie Roberts was thrown out at home plate.

The Hearts found a little spark in between games, scoring in the first inning of game two on an RBI single by Kaylee Tonn, who pitched the second game.

Tonn handled the Braves' lineup in the first two innings, limiting them to two hits, but the Hearts came apart in the next two innings, giving up 10 of the runs in their 11-1 loss.

Mt. Zion's second triple of the doubleheader came from the speedy Karra Elwick, who smashed a two-run triple into deep center field and scored on a wild throw into third base.

The play resulted in the last three of four runs the Braves scored in the third inning. Mansur drove in Alex Davis on an error by shortstop Madison Weis.

The Hearts committed three errors in the inning and three more during the Braves' six-run fourth inning.

“When we had our opportunities to make plays, we still didn't make them,” Trigg said. “We knew they were going to move the ball and we thought we were prepared to make plays.”

Davis walked with one out in the fourth and stole two bases before a pickoff attempt to third base flew over Shelby Nunamaker's glove, all with Bailey Sarff at the plate.

Sarff laced a single to Roberts in right field and turned it into a triple when the ball rolled under Roberts' glove and to the outfield fence.

Sarff's single was the first in a string of four consecutive for the Braves, who batted around and scored six runs on five hits and three errors in the inning.

Tonn allowed the winning run in the fifth inning on a Fallon Conner RBI single. Conner gave up two hits, working five innings on the mound.

The Hearts (3-8, 1-5) have time to regroup before playing at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Altamont, when Trigg will hope for a better effort than his squad had on Thursday.

“It's embarrassing to me and should be embarrassing to our team to get spanked like that,” Trigg said.

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

Game One

Mt. Zion     521 000 0     8 14 0

Effingham     000 000 0     0 6 4

WP - Mansur (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 10 K, 1 BB) LP - Collier (7 IP, 14 H, 8 R, 3 K, 3 BB)

Mt. Zion: Sarff (1B, 2B, RBI), Ali Davis (2 1B, BB, SB), Mansur (2 1B, 3B, SB, 2 RBI), Conner (2B, SB), Elwick (2 1B, 2B, BB), Wilkerson (1B, BB, RBI), Frey (2 1B, 2 SB, RBI), Gowin (RBI)

Effingham: Weis (1B), Tonn (BB), Beals (2 1B), Collier (1B), Wright (1B, 2B)

Game Two

Mt. Zion     004 61          11 11 1

Effingham     100 00          1 2 7

WP - Conner (5 IP, 2H, 1 R, 4 K) LP - Tonn (5 IP, 11 H, 11 R, 1 K, 4 BB)

Mt. Zion: Alex Davis (2 BB, 2 SB), Sarff (1B), Ali Davis (2 1B, 2B, RBI, 3 SB), Mansur (1B, 2 RBI, SB), Conner (2 1B, RBI, SB), Elwick (1B, 3B, 3 RBI), Wilkerson (1B, BB, 2 SB), Frey (BB, SB), Gowin (1B, RBI)

Effingham: Weis (1B), Tonn (1B, RBI)


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