ST. ELMO —
St. Anthony's Makayla Walsh settled into a groove quickly.
She gave up a pair of singles to the first two hitters she faced against St. Elmo/Brownstown on Monday, then retired 13 of the next 14 — with only a hit-by-pitch breaking it up.
The Eagles only managed four hits against Walsh, who struck out 10 hitters en route to St. Anthony's 10-0 win, earning the third place trophy in the National Trail Conference tournament.
“We thought last game was one of her better games and she's just continuing on with it,” St. Anthony head coach Crystal Tipton said. “She pitched a phenomenal game.”
Walsh's efforts in the pitching circle allowed the Bulldogs' two first-inning runs, on Hunter Niebrugge's two-run triple, to hold up until St. Anthony's bats finally broke out against Eagle pitcher Baylee Scholes.
Scholes only gave up four hits entering the sixth inning, when St. Anthony took a commanding 8-0 lead.
Kristen Schuette's two-run double and Megan Nuxoll's two-run single broke the game open to a 6-0 lead. Morgan Gardewine drove in Nuxoll to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead, all before Scholes recorded an out.
“We finally woke up the bats and almost everyone on the team did something,” Tipton said.
Scholes retired three in a row after the first six hitters of the inning reached. St. Anthony scored six runs on three hits and two errors in the inning.
Maddie Schuette gave St. Anthony a 10-run lead in the seventh inning with a two-run double and Walsh closed out the game in the seventh, facing four hitters.
“(Scholes) didn't throw bad, but she didn't throw great,” St. Elmo/Brownstown head coach Megan Burrus said. “It just wasn't our day.”
Scholes' performance kept the Eagles in the game, as the offense sputtered to four hits against Walsh.
The Bulldogs' six-run sixth inning was a relief for Tipton, whose team failed to add to a 2-0 lead for four innings before rallying.
“You just never know,” Tipton said. “It's important for the girls to stay focused and they did that. We didn't make any errors and played the way I know we can play.”
Nuxoll and Kate Richards led the Bulldogs' offense. They tied for a team-high two hits apiece, both with a pair of singles. Nuxoll had two RBIs.
St. Anthony (16-10) returns to action at 4:30 p.m. today, hosting Shelbyville. St. Elmo/Brownstown (13-14), after taking fourth, plays Central A&M at 4:15 p.m. today.
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St. Anthony 200 006 2 10 8 0
St. Elmo/Brownstown 000 000 0 0 4 6
WP - Walsh (7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 10 K) LP - Scholes (7 IP, 8 H, 10 R, 3 BB)
St. Anthony: Koester (HBP), Woltman (RBI), Walsh (1B, SB), Niebrugge (3B, BB, 2 RBI, SB), K. Richards (2 1B, SB), K. Schuette (2B, 2 RBI), M. Schuette (2B, 2 RBI, SB), Nuxoll (2 1B, 2 RBI, SB), Gardewine (RBI, BB, SB), Spraul (BB)
St. Elmo/Brownstown: Fitch (1B, HBP), Moss (1B), Scholes (1B), D. Austin (1B)
St. Anthony beats St. Elmo/Brownstown 10-0
ST. ELMO —
St. Anthony's Makayla Walsh settled into a groove quickly.
Newton's season ends in 14-4 loss
Newton Post 20 almost pulled another comeback off against the Orient Miners, cutting a 5-1 deficit to 5-4 midway through Monday night’s game.
But Newton’s Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament run came to an end, as Orient rattled off nine runs in the sixth inning and clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 14-4 win.
Comeback win keeps Post 20 alive in 10-7 win
Newton Post 120 didn’t let a 4-1 deficit get to them against Highland Post 439, using a patient approach in the face of an elimination game.
Three bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the third tied the game at 4-4, and with the bases loaded down 5-4 in the fourth, Tim Weber broke the game open with a two-run double and an error.
By the time the dust settled, Newton led 10-5 heading to the sixth inning and would hold on to a 10-7 win to keep its season alive.
Salem deals Newton first divisional loss
Mitch Bierman started off Newton Post 20’s game against Salem Post 128 with a bang Sunday afternoon, hitting a leadoff triple and scoring on the next batter.
Post 20’s offense didn’t follow his lead from there, as Newton had just three more hits and no runs, and falling in a Junior Legion Fifth Division winner’s bracket game to Salem 12-1 in seven innings.
Newton Post 20 bests Belleville Post 58 in opener 6-1
After a 9-3 loss to Breese Post 252 Gray Monday night, Newton Post 20 coach John Grunloh predicted the five-day break until the Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament would be good for his players, especially his pitchers.Mitch Jansen proved his coach right, spinning a gem in Newton's opener Saturday afternoon as Post 20 made short work of Belleville Post 58 6-1.
Hearts to prep with Mattoon 7-on-7
Two weeks ago, Effingham was supposed to start shaking off the rust with a 7-on-7 football tournament in Mattoon. Naturally, it rained and was canceled.
So Saturday, the Flaming Hearts will head up to Mattoon and play their first 7-on-7 event of the season, taking part in an 10- team field with Mattoon, Rochester, Robinson, Marshall, Cahokia and Pleasant Plains from Illinois, with Terre Haute North and Northview coming from Indiana. Rochester is bringing two squads.
Newton Post 20 plays Belleville Saturday
With the District 23 tournament behind them, Newton Post 20 now knows its fate for the Fifth Division Junior Legion tournament this weekend in Bethalto.
Newton will play Belleville Post 58 at 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Bethalto, in the third game of six on the day.
Effingham's season comes to a close with 11-1 loss to Salem
A 1-0 lead for Effingham Post 120 rapidly evaporated, and the post’s Junior Legion season came to an end with a 11-1 loss in five innings to Salem Post 128 Tuesday night.
The game was for the final spot of District 23 in the divisional tournament, with Newton Post 20 and Breese Post 252 Gray punching their tickets by winning their district divisions.
Newton Post 20 falls short against Breese Gray 9-3
While the District 23 title ultimately exceeded Newton Post 20’s grasp, their season will continue in Bethalto.
Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
“The innings where they put some runs on us, we gave them some extra outs,” said Newton coach John Grunloh. “You’ve got to make the plays when you play better teams.”
Barnes' one-hitter boosts Post 120; Effingham beats Dieterich 1-0
Ryan Barnes hasn’t seen a lot of time with Effingham Post 120’s junior legion team this season, but he showed up in a big way Monday night in a 1-0 win over Dieterich Post 628.
The win kept Effingham’s season alive one more day in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament, as the post will face Salem Post 128 at 5:30 p.m. today for the district’s final spot in the divisional round. Salem Post 128 downed Mt. Vernon Post 141 1-0 in the West Division loser’s bracket, setting up the final with Effingham today.
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