Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


April 30, 2014

Beals, Collier lead Hearts past Indians

Effingham wins 5-1, snaps Altamont's win streak

EFFINGHAM — Brittany Beals drove in four runs with a three-run double and a solo home run, Hope Collier struck out 11 in a complete game and Effingham bested Altamont 5-1 Tuesday afternoon.

Madison Weis led off the bottom of the first with a triple, settting the tone, and would score on a wild pitch. Beals connected on her solo homer with two outs, and Effingham never trailed from there.

She came through with a bases-loaded double in the third, after Weis and Shelby Nunamaker singled and Kaylee Tonn reached on an error, making it 5-1.

“Brittany’s done that for two years now in that number four spot, she continues to get big hits,” said Effingham coach Jerry Trigg. “Deidre (Ledbetter’s) a heck of a pitcher, and we’ve seemed to have her number the last few years.”

Altamont coach John Niebrugge had similar thoughts, as the Indians fell to 15-4, snapping a nine-game winning streak.

“It seems like Effingham’s had our number the last few years,” he said. “We had two hard hit balls all game. That’s not these hitters, that shows they didn’t have the approach.”

Collier allowed just three hits on the day, her first to Audrey Winters in the third winning. Winters stole second and then scored on two wild pitches for Altamont’s lone run.

The Indians would threaten in the fourth. Ledbetter was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and Lauren Ohnesorge reached on a fielder’s choice where Ledbetter safely made it to second on an error.

Collier got Lauren White to fly out to center and had Ohnesorge caught off first for a double play, but Morgan Wilson’s throw back to first was high, allowing the runners to advance to second and third with one out.

But the Effingham sophomore dug in, got Alex Teasley to pop out in foul territory to Beals at first and struck out Nikki Tharp to end the inning. Niebrugge thought his team would take advantage of the runners in scoring position.

“I thought it was going to happen,” he said. “That’s not what we’re accustomed to.”

Winters singled again in the fifth and reached second, but would be the last Indian to advance to scoring position.

Teasley led off the seventh with a single before Collier struck out the side to end the game.

“Hope probably pitched her best complete game of the year, she’s had games where she’s pitched five good innings, but tonight she pitched seven good innings,” Trigg said.

She allowed just the three hits with 11 strikeouts, allowing no walks on the day. Weis was 2-for-3 with a triple and a run, Beals was 2-for-3 with the four RBIs, while Nunamaker, Collier and Gloria Rivera all went 1-for-3 on the day.

Ledbetter took the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits while striking out eight.

Altamont (15-4) takes on St. Anthony Thursday afternoon.

Effingham improves to 4-8 and looks to carry the momentum to a Thursday doubleheader at Paris in Apollo Conference action.

“They’re just a solid team and we’re fortunate to win today and hopefully that’s something we’re going to build on,” Trigg said.

Altamont     001     000     0     1 3 3

Effingham     203     000     X     5 7 4

WP - Collier (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 11 K, 0 BB) LP - Ledbetter (6 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 8 K, 0 BB)

Altamont: Ledbetter (0-2, HBP); Teasley (1-3); Winters (2-3, R, SB)

Effingham: Weis (2-3, 3B, 2 R); Nunamaker (1-3, R); Tonn (0-3, R); Beals (2-3, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, R); Collier (1-3); Rivera (1-3); Wilson (0-2, HBP)


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