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.