By RYAN CZACHORSKI
---- — In game two of the City Series, Kaylee Tonn led the Effingham Flaming Hearts on the mound to a 10-1 win over St. Anthony knotting the series at one.Effingham coach Jerry Trigg ran the same lineup out in game three, based on the success they had in game two. But the strategical chess match continued, as coach Crystal Tipton assumed this move would be made, and prepared her Bulldogs to face Tonn again during a rained-out Thursday session. The extra practice paid off, as St. Anthony clinched a City Series championship by bashing its way to an 11-3 win Friday. "We slowed down the pitching machine, I threw a whole bunch of changeups to them, that's all we worked on yesterday," Tipton said. "We worked on keeping our hands back, not dropping the hands and driving the ball."The Bulldogs got the ball rolling early, as Morgan Gardewine and Makayla Walsh had back-to-back one out singles. They each moved up on an error, and both scored on Hunter Niebrugge two-run single to put St. Anthony up 2-0. Walsh helped her club out again in the second, bringing Megan Nuxoll home with an RBI single to left field. Effingham answered in the third, as Tonn laced a double off the top of the left field fence to score Kelli Utz and bring ther score to 3-1. That's where the wheels fell off for Effingham, however. St. Anthony batted around in the bottom of the third, scoring six runs on five hits and three Effingham errors to take a commanding 9-1 lead. "After the first, we had a pretty good chance to score and didn't," Trigg said. "We were flat, we weren't ready to make plays."Meghan Woltman, Paige Koester and Kristen Schuette all had RBI singles in the inning, and Walsh drove in two more of her own. Effingham's three errors all came in the infield, giving them opportunities to get out of the inning that they couldn't capitalize on. Things stayed level until the top of the fifth, when Utz reached on a walk and Shelby Nunamaker on an error, allowing Tonn to hit her second double of the game and drive in both runs, cutting the deficit to 9-3. But St. Anthony kept the offense up, as Walsh capped off her huge game with a solo home run to right field, pushing the lead to 10-3. "Makayla's just phenomenal. When she's on, it helps the team and it brings them up," Tipton said. "She had an outstanding night."St. Anthony scored once more in the sixth when an infield single by Nuxoll brought D.J. Brummer home. Meghan Woltman slammed the door in the seventh, giving St. Anthony yet another City Series crown. The City Series remains an elusive prize for the Effingham Flaming Hearts, who haven't won the title since Tipton has been at St. Anthony."It sure has been the last five years, I thought this year would be the year we could get it turned around," Trigg said. "There's no excuses. St. Anthony took it to us."Woltman earned the win on Senior Night, pitching a gem for the Bulldogs. She allowed three runs in the complete game effort, with two of them being earned. She only surrendered four hits on the game."The last two or three games, she's really shown what she can do," Tipton said. "She's making us proud out there, she's locating well."Walsh went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and the home run. Schuette went 3-for-4 with the RBI and a run, while Woltman and Nuxoll each went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Tonn went 2-for-3 with two doubles and all three Effingham RBIs. Nunamaker had the other two Effingham hits, going 2-for-4 on the day. Effingham is back in action today, hosting a doubleheader against Nokomis. For St. Anthony, the City Series crown puts a wrap on their regular season. They open regional play Tuesday, playing the winner of Okaw Valley and Neoga at Windsor at 4:30 p.m.
Effingham 001 020 0 3 4 5St. Anthony 216 011 X 11 15 1WP - Woltman LP - Tonn
Effingham: Tonn (2-3, 2 2B, 3 RBI); Nunamaker (2-4, 2B)St. Anthony: Koester (1-5, RBI, 2 R, SB); Gardewine (1-4); Walsh (4-4, HR, 4 RBI, 3 R); Niebrugge (1-4, 2 RBI); Schuette (3-4, RBI, R); Richards (0-4, R); Woltman (2-4, RBI, 2 R); Brummer (1-4, 2B, R); Nuxoll (2-4, 2B, RBI, R, SB)