Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


May 1, 2014

Effingham capitalizes in 3-1 win over South Central

EFFINGHAM — South Central relief pitcher Kyle Bray forced a ground ball for the potential third out of another scoreless inning, but the ball rolled under shortstop Dylan Smith's glove and Effingham capitalized.

Bray, in for starting pitcher Dylan Peters, retired the first two Flaming Hearts of the third inning, but allowed a single to Kennan Mahaffey to extend the inning.

Mahaffey stole second base, then scored on Smith's fielding error. Braydon Bone, who reached on the play, stole second base and scored when Carter Hayes' short fly ball dropped in play between right fielder Gavin Ratermann and second baseman Tyus Holmes.

A two-out double by Lane Koenig drove in the Hearts' third run of the inning, which turned out to be all they needed in their 3-1 win on Wednesday.

“We should've been out of the inning with no runs, but (Effingham) made us pay for it,” South Central head coach Curt Jones said. “If he makes that play, maybe we win the game 1-0.”

The Cougars stranded the bases loaded in the half inning before Effingham scored, but their first two hitters reached base in the fourth to start a threat.

Brett Harmeier popped out to deep right field to score Tyler Ross from third base, but Ratermann struck out to end the inning with two runners on for the second strikeout of the inning.

“We were fortunate to get those runs when we did,” Effingham head coach Chris Fleener said. “Once we got the lead, we relaxed a bit.”

The fourth inning was the last for Bone, who started on the mound for the Hearts. Bone gave up one run on four hits in four innings and picked up the win.

Lane Koenig shut down the Cougars in his relief appearance for the Hearts. He only allowed one batter to reach base, off of a walk, but retired nine of the 10 he faced.

“Braydon was pretty smart on the mound,” Fleener said. “Lane came in and did a good job of working ahead and staying ahead.”

The Cougars stranded seven runners in the game and couldn't find a clutch hit when they needed one. Harmeier, Holmes, Ross and Smith each had one hit in the game. Smith and Ross hit doubles.

“We had our chances and we didn't get the hit,” Jones said. “You'd like to have a timely hit once in a while, but that's part of (the game).”

Effingham also only had four hits against three South Central pitchers in the game, but capitalized off of three South Central errors.

Brennan Poland, Kevin Daugherty, Koenig and Mahaffey all had hits, while Carter Hayes reached three times on a walk on two errors.

The Hearts (11-7) return to action at 4 p.m. Friday against Windsor/Stew-Stras. South Central plays in the Centralia Tournament, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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

South Central     000 100 0     1 4 3

Effingham     003 000 X     3 4 1

WP - Bone (4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 K, 2 BB)  LP - Bray (2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB)

South Central: Ratermann (BB), Smith (2B), Bray (BB), Ross (2B, R), Holmes (1B, SB), Hill (BB), Harmeier (1B, RBI)

Effingham: Mahaffey (1B, SB, R), Bone (SB, RBI, R), Hayes (BB, RBI, R), Koenig (2B, RBI, HBP), Woltman (BB), Daugherty (1B), Poland (1B)


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