Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


July 12, 2014

Effingham Post 120 juniors take 4-3 comeback win

Pair of Vandalia errors benefit Effingham

VANDALIA — Even with a sixth-inning rally, it looked like Effingham Post 120's juniors were in trouble down 3-2 to Vandalia Post 95 in the seventh.

Zach Bateman led off the inning with a single, but a sacrifice bunt attempt by Eli Burhmann got Bateman thrown out at second.

Luckily for Effingham, a pair of errors by Vandalia third baseman Aaron Huber was the jolt they needed, as they scored two runs in the seventh and Lane Koenig struck out the side in the bottom half to clinch a 4-3 win in game one of their doubleheader.

After Buhrmann's fielder's choice, Bryar Jansen hit a grounder that Huber didn't get in front of, and the runners were both safe. Michael Woltman slapped one to third as well on the next at bat, only for Huber to misplay it agian, scoring Buhrmann and moving Jansen to third.

Koenig hit a long sacrifice fly to left field to put Effingham up 4-3, and he slammed the door in relief, striking out Matt Radamachier, Noah Murray and Austin Hoehn in order. Murray had been 3-for-3 in the game before the seventh.

It was all Vandalia for the first five innings, as starting pitcher Zach Schaal was handed a 2-0 lead after the first inning on an RBI single by Hoehn and an RBI groundout of his own to help his cause. Effingham had just three hits through five innings, with doubles by Drew Gibson in the fourth and Blake White in the fifth that didn't lead to runs.

Vandalia tacked on one more in the fifth, after Murray singled to lead off the inning, stole second, and scored on a two-out single by Schaal, ending Woltman's day on the mound after five.

Effingham grabbed two in the sixth. Woltman got things going with a one-out single, Koenig was hit by a pitch, and Gibson hit one down the left-field line to score Woltman. Gibson hesitated in between first and second before trying to stretch it to a double, and was thrown out at second for the second out. Still, Cory Osborn cut the lead to two with an RBI single, White singled, but James Kabbes struck out to end the rally.

Colby Utz pitched a 1-2-3 sixth thanks to a double play, and got the win in relief.

White was 2-for-2 on the day and also was hit by a pitch, Bateman was 1-for-1 and scored a run as a courtesy runner, and Gibson was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Woltman pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits while walking and striking out two. Utz allowed a walk and no hits in his one inning of work.

Effingham moved to 17-11 on the year with the win in game one, and took home the second game of the twinbill 19-5 to move to 18-11 overall.

Effingham Post 120     000     002     2     4 7 0

Vandalia Post 95     200     010     0     3 6 2

WP - Utz (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 K, 1 BB) LP - Schaal (7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 7 K, 1 BB) SV - Koenig (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 K, 0 BB)

Effingham: Burhmann (0-4, R); Jansen (1-4, R); Woltman (1-4); Koenig (0-3, RBI, R, HBP); Gibson (2-3, 2B, RBI); Osborn (1-4, RBI); White (2-2, 2B, HBP); Bateman (1-1, R)

Vandalia: Murray (3-4, 2 R, SB); Hoehn (1-4, RBI, R); Schaal (1-3, 2 RBI); Cassidy (0-2, BB); Enloe (1-3); Huber (0-1, 2 BB)

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