Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

May 13, 2014

Walsh, Bulldogs take third in NTC

St. Anthony beats St. Elmo/Brownstown 10-0

Alex McNamee
Effingham Daily News

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.

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

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)