Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

April 30, 2014

Blue Devils pull away from Indians, 4-1

Alex McNamee
Effingham Daily News

ALTAMONT — A field trip made Alex Allen late to Tuesday’s game, but he arrived just in time to lead off the fifth inning with a single and spark the Windsor/Stew-Stras offense.

Allen’s single was the only hit of the inning, as Devin Deremiah reached when he laced a ball off of Altamont first baseman Cole Borders’ shoe and the offense drew three walks in the inning.

Windsor/Stew-Stras scored two runs in the inning and one more in the sixth to jump on top of a 1-1 tie and leave with a 4-1 win.

Altamont starting pitcher Garrett Ziegler intentionally walked Christian Vonderheide to load the bases with no outs in the fifth, but walked Brandon Helmuth to score the first run of the inning.

Jacob Kramer grounded out to the second baseman for the first out of the inning, but drove in Deremiah, on a play that Altamont second baseman Trevor Cornett mishandled the ball to lose a double play chance.

A lead-off walk to Bryse Bugger in the sixth eventually led to an insurance run for the Blue Devils, on a two-out single by Deremiah.

“I thought our guys did a good job hitting the ball in play against them and getting some decent at-bats,” Windsor/Stew-Stras head coach Mike Taylor said.

Vonderheide drew a lead-off to start the Blue Devils’ half of the first inning. He later scored on a Nic Hutchinson RBI, on a ball that went under the glove of third baseman Aaron Goeckner.

Vonderheide pitched a complete game on the mound, giving up four hits and striking out 12 batters.

“With Christian on the mound, we feel good no matter who we got with (on offense),” Taylor said.

The Indians scored a game-tying run in the third inning, getting the better end of a suicide squeeze play.

Ziegler laid down a bunt for Vonderheide to field. The pitcher’s throw went through the hands of Kramer at home plate and Nick Miller scored to tie the game, 1-1.

Ziegler held the Blue Devils to one hit through four innings, before giving up three runs in the next two innings.

The Altamont defense committed three errors.

“When you don’t make defensive plays, you give them extra (chances),” Altamont head coach Mike Dokey said. “In games we’ve lost, we’ve beat ourselves.”

Deremiah, Allen and Dylan Ohnesorge each had one of the Blue Devils’ three hits in the game, while Altamont’s Brady Winn led the Indians with two hits.

Windsor/Stew-Stras returns to action at 4:30 p.m. today, hosting St. Anthony. Altamont travels to North Clay for a 4:15 p.m. game on Thursday.

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

Altamont          001 000 0     1 4 3

Windsor/Stew-Stras          100 021 X     4 3 2

WP - Vonderheide (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 12 K) LP - Ziegler (6 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 K, 6 BB)

Altamont: Winn (2 1B), Ziegler (1B, RBI), Ricketts (1B), J Miller (SB), N Miller (SB)

Windsor/Stew-Stras: Vonderheide (2 BB, R), Helmuth (BB, RBI), Kramer (RBI), Hutchinson (RBI), Cole (BB), Ohnesorge (1B, SB), Bugger (BB, R), Overbeck (BB, SB), Allen (1B, R), Deremiah (1B, RBI, R)