BRADEN LAYER Daily News
Effingham Daily News
---- — Against an undermanned Teutopolis Post 924 team, Effingham Post 120's Devin Mayfield (Effingham) did it all in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader. Mayfield went 2-of-3 at the plate with a two-RBI double in the second that sprung a five-run frame, and also scattered seven hits in a complete game effort on the mound to fuel an 8-2 win.
"For his size and weight, he's kind of deceiving," Post 120 coach Brian Hayes said of Mayfield. "He can really throw a good game, he's fun to watch."
Mayfield surrendered three hits and an early run off an RBI single from Jordan Bloemer (Teutopolis) in the first inning, but took control from there. Post 924 never managed more than one hit in any of the final six frames. From innings 2-5, Mayfield faced the bare minimum of 12 batters.
"He keeps guys off balance," Hayes said. "Just with a little offspeed, he gets their timing a little off."
Post 924 was composed of a nine-man roster, forcing coach Collin Niemerg to call up some Junior Legion players to round out the squad.
"We had six guys, six seniors to be, playing basketball," Niemerg said. "So we brought up four from Junior Legion."
Though he gave plenty of Post 924 batters trouble, Mayfield had his own timing down at the plate. Trailing 1-0 after the first, Mayfield gave Post 120 the lead with his two-RBI rip to left. Nate McDonald (Effingham) drove in another on the ensuing at-bat, and Drew Levitt's (Effingham) two-RBI double just touched fair in far left to make it a 5-1 game.
"We've got a pretty good group of kids that can hit," Hayes said. "They're capable of it, it's good to see them finally come together."
Post 120 extended the lead to a handful in the fourth when an RBI single from Trenton Frey (Effingham) scored Dirk Levitt (Effingham), who singled earlier in the inning.
The final pair of runs were tacked on in the fifth. Mayfield was walked to start the inning, and reached home three batters later on a wild pitch. Dirk's sacrifice fly launched to center field gave Post 120 a commanding 8-1 lead.
But Post 924 still had some fight left. Bloemer capped off his solid day with a triple to lead off the seventh, before Jansen brought him home off a sacrifice ground ball.
"These kids aren't going to give up at-bats," Niemerg said. "They're out here to take some swings, work on a few things. They're not going to give up."
Austin Hartke (Teutopolis) got the start for Post 924, allowing five earned runs off six hits in two innings of work. Jacob Roepke (Teutopolis), one of the four called up from Junior Legion action, came in and did a steady job in relief. Roepke gave up three runs off six hits and two walks through five innings.
"He threw a solid five innings," Niemerg said. "Gave up three in five innings, that's all I can ask."
Post 120's big win in Game 1 pushed its mark back to 4-4 on the season, while Post 924 fell to 5-2.
Game 2's score was not available as of press time.
Teutopolis Post 924 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 1
Effingham Post 120 0 5 0 1 2 0 x 8 12 1
Post 924: Flach (2 1B); Mette (1B); Repking (2 1B); Bloemer (1B, 3B, RBI), Jansen (RBI).
Post 120: McDonald (2 1B, RBI); Hayes (1B); Dr. Levitt (2B, 2 RBI); Wright (1B); Di. Levitt (2 1B, RBI); Frey (1B, RBI); Daugherty (1B); Mayfield (1B, 2B, 2 RBI).
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