Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


May 1, 2014

St. Anthony downs Windsor/Stew-Stras 3-2

EFFINGHAM — Both Zach Gardewine and Alex Allen tossed complete games for their respective clubs, but Gardewine and St. Anthony bested Allen and Windsor/Stew-Stras 3-2 Wednesday afternoon.

The Bulldogs were the road team at their home field, as the game was moved from Stew-Stras to Evergreen Park, and they made themselves right at home.

St. Anthony scored one in the first on a Braden Puckett sacrifice fly, and got two more in the third on another sac fly by Puckett and an RBI single by James Kabbes.

W/SS coach Mike Taylor didn't think his team did the little things, as the Kabbes RBI was propelled by Eli Dasenbrock reaching second with two outs on a wild pitch.

"That was the difference today, we (also) had an inning where we had an error and they scored," Taylor said. "Those are things that make a big difference in a close game."

Windsor/Stew-Stras answered with two in the bottom of the third to make it a one-run game, scoring on a single by Brandon Helmuth and a sacrifice fly by Christian Vonderheide, scoring Helmuth after he stole third base.

The Blue Devils rarely threatened from there. Devin Deremiah singled down the right field line with one out in the fifth, but was gunned out trying to stretch it to a double by Bryar Jansen. Allen walked following that out, so Jansen's throw halted a potential rally.

"Bryar's been playing great defensive right field lately," said St. Anthony coach Kenny Koenig. "Come up every time throwing the ball, that's what Bryar did. With Christian coming up, it would have been tough with two on and one out."

Both pitchers cruised from there, neither allowing a run past the third inning.

While it wasn't the brand of stuff he had in a 1-0 win against Teutopolis, Gardewine had the Blue Devils off-balance all day, allowing just four hits and striking out seven batters.

"He did have good enough stuff," Koenig said. "He threw great, the last two games he's pitched, we've had clean games behind him, no errors."

Allen was nearly as sharp, allowing five hits and striking out four with one unearned run and not allowing a hit after the third inning.

After a 4-1 win over Altamont Tuesday, the Blue Devils bats remained cooled off from their double-digit ways of the past few weeks.

Vonderheide, Allen and Deremiah were all 1-for-2, with Vonderheide doubling. Helmuth was 1-for-3 on the day.

"I thought we had some good at bats and hit the ball fairly hard early, and just hit them right at them," Taylor said.

For the Bulldogs, Puckett was 0-for-1 with two RBIs, Kabbes was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Jacob Lorenz, Austin Bushur, Ethan Greene and Dasenbrock had their other hits.

Windsor/Stew-Stras is now 17-5 and plays Effingham Friday, continuing their week of seeing "the best pitching they can", Taylor said.

St. Anthony improves to 10-9, playing at Decatur St. Teresa Friday.

"We're starting to play some real good baseball," Koenig said. "Everyone's finding their place."

St. Anthony     102     000     0     3 5 0

Windsor/Stew-Stras     002     000     0     3 4 2

WP - Gardewine (7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 K, 2 BB) LP - Allen (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 K, 2 BB)

St. Anthony: Lorenz (1-4, R); Bushur (1-2, R, BB); Dasenbrock (1-3, R); Puckett (0-1, 2 RBI); Kabbes (1-3, RBI); Greene (1-2, BB, SB)

Windsor/Stew-Stras: Allen (1-2, R, BB, SB); Helmuth (1-3, RBI, R, SB); Vonderheide (1-2, 2B, RBI, SB); Cole (0-2, BB); Deremiah (1-2)


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