Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


April 25, 2014

Stew-Stras/Windsor wins wild one

Comets top St. Anthony 13-11

EFFINGHAM — The runs never stopped coming Thursday, but when the dust settled, it was Stew-Stras/Windsor taking home a wild 13-11 win over St. Anthony.

St. Anthony led 6-2 at one point, only for the Comets to cut the lead to 6-4 and then strike with an eight-run fifth inning to take the lead for good.

A pair of errors by Laura Gurtner proved costly in the fifth inning after she entered the game due to an injury to Kristen Schuette, but coach Crystal Tipton said the team should have won given their output offensively as they committed six errors.

"We had one bad inning where we had walks and errors and that was it," Tipton said. "With 11 runs, we should be winning the game, and we didn't do it. We've got to figure out a way to have the defense step up a bit more when the offense is doing their job."

Stew-Stras/Windsor coach Kyle Knop knew the game would be a "slugfest" and saw production up and down the order pay off with Mercerdez Austin driving in three and Katie Greuel with two RBIs of her own.

"I wouldn't want to have necessarily be the pitcher on either team," he said. "I guess it's what the stats would say it would be, that it wouldn't be a pitcher's duel."

The Comets pushed across two runs in the first after back-to-back singles by Kendall Knop and Becca Schlechte, and they scored on an error by Maddie Schuette.

St. Anthony didn't respond until the third inning, when the Bulldogs loaded the bases and got RBIs from Jenna Woltman, Kristen Schuette and a two-run single by Kate Richards.

Errors played a part in that inning, chasing Schlechte from the game in the fourth. St. Anthony grabbed two more runs, on an RBI single by Jenna Woltman and a wild pitch scoring Paige Koester.

"Tuesday, we couldn't string the hits together, and today we did, I'm proud of the girls for that, but when you come out and give up errors, runs and runners, you're not going to win the game," Tipton said.

SS/W struck back in the fifth, with Lindsay Burton knocking in a run and scoring on an error on a play at the plate. Greuel had a two-run single with the bases loaded and one out, Austin drove in one, then two scored on a two-out ground ball error.

St. Anthony responded with an RBI double by Woltman in the sixth followed by a Makayla Walsh home run to chop the lead to 12-11.

The Comets' final run was perhaps the oddest, as Kendall Knop hit a fly ball to center with one out in the seventh, only to have Koester drop it for an error in center field. Knop tried to take second, and did on another throwing error by Koester, and as Kate Richards tried to throw her out at third, that throw skipped away for a third error and Knop scored.

She'd record the final three outs on the mound to clinch the win.

Knop was 2-for-5 with three runs, Schlechte was 3-for-5 with a double, Austin was 2-for-4 with thre RBIs and Greuel was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

"They are at the bottom third of the lineup," Knop said. "Those are two girls that have gotten playing time with the two Quast girls' injuries. When Mercedez and Katie do those things, stepping in and filling some pretty big shoes."

For St. Anthony, Woltman was 3-for-4 with four RBIs, Walsh was 1-for-4 with the home run, Richards drove in two with a 1-for-3 day and Maddie Schuette was 2-for-4.

St. Anthony falls to 9-5 and 1-2 in the NTC and play in Newton's round robin tournament today, while Stew-Stras/Windsor is 11-3, 2-0 in the NTC has their own round robin Saturday.

Stew-Stras/Windsor     200     280     1     13 12 4

St. Anthony     006     203     0     11 13 6

WP - Knop (4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 K, 1 BB) LP - Walsh (4.1 IP, 10 H, 11 R, 5 ER, 6 K, 2 BB)

SS/W: Knop (2-3, 3 R); Schlechte (3-5, 2B, R, SB); Burton (2-5, RBI, R); Ferris (0-4, R, BB); Schultz (1-3, 2 R); Tabor (1-3, 2 R, BB); Greuel (1-3, 2 RBI, R, BB); Austin (2-4, 3 RBI, R); Cress (0-3, R, BB)

St. Anthony: Koester (2-5, 3 R); Woltman (3-4, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R); Walsh (1-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB); Niebrugge (1-3, 2B, R, BB); Richards (1-3, 2 RBI, BB); K. Schuette (1-2, 2B, RBI); M. Schuette (2-4, R); Nuxoll (1-4, 2B, R); Gardewine (1-4, R)


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