The Texas Rangers came to Effingham County to bolster the ranks of their minor league pitching corps over the weekend. Both Nick Gardewine (Effingham, Kaskaskia College) and Derek Thompson (Teutopolis, John A. Logan) were drafted by and signed with the Texas Rangers this weekend. Gardewine was drafted in the seventh round Friday and signed Saturday, while Thompson was drafted and signed by Sunday.For Gardewine, the Rangers met with him Saturday and did all the convincing necessary. "Probably just the fact that it was a top 10 round pick," Gardewine said. "The money I was looking for was there, and more, and just the fact that I've always wanted to further my career and professionally."Thompson did not return phone calls over the weekend after the Logan sophomore was drafted Saturday. The third time was the charm for the former Teutopolis ace, after being drafted in the 29th round by Minnesota in 2011 and the 13th round by the Chicago White Sox last year. ESPN Dallas reported that Thompson, and Gardewine, were among the Rangers' prospects to sign over the weekend. It'll be on to rookie ball for Gardewine and most likely Thompson for the Rangers to see how the pair fare in their first short-season minor league action."I'll be going to rookie ball in Arizona, in Surprise, Arizona," Gardewine said. "You start out there, see how you progress. In October, you come back home."From there, they'll enter Spring Training next year and hopefully be placed on a full season minor-league roster.Before that happens, Gardewine has been spending time with friends and family before he leaves for Arizona either Wednesday or Thursday. He also has had one other priority too, among all the excitement. "Trying to sleep a lot, actually, I haven't been getting too much of it," he said. "It's definitely pretty exciting, all of it's happening pretty fast."
Vonderheide, W/SS win at Charleston 12-0
Christian Vonderheide had the luxury of choosing which was better.
It was either the grand slam, or a complete game shutout thrown by the right hander.
“They are both pretty equal,” Vonderheide said. “Pitching is more of my thing. The grand slam I got lucky. I swung hard, and I was lucky enough for it to go over the fence."
The win could be more important as Windsor/Stew-Stras pounded a 12-0 win over Charleston at CHS Field.
Czachorski: Time to catch Cup fever
I woke up early Friday morning and did something I never do these days -- I flipped on SportsCenter.
It was the top of the 7 a.m. hour, and unshockingly, ESPN led with discussion of the playoffs.
What left me flabbergasted was they were leading with the NHL playoffs, as I was truly unaware ESPN remembered that hockey was a sport.
Indians' bats too much for Eagles
An 11 a.m. start on Good Friday wasn't too early for Altamont, as the Indians pushed 10 across in the first frame and bested Newton 16-1 in five innings.
Power surge: Homers help Shoes beat Comets 8-4
Teutopolis broke open a close game with four home runs and remained undefeated with an 8-4 win over Stew-Stras/Windsor Thursday afternoon.
Cutts carries Cumberland to 4-3 win
His first three hits were no doubters, but Blayke Cutts’ fourth hit on Thursday was a high bouncer over the glove of Olney third baseman Peyton Billington to win in a walk-off.
McNamee: Questions about EIU's Jimmy G
The typical phrase used in situations like this, I think, is: “He shows potential.” I may not have believed anything I was saying, but at least he was in line to be a four-year starter; at least, he had that.
Pirates push past Flaming Hearts 10-2
It took a bit for the bats to warm up, but Cumberland made the necessary adjustments at the plate and took down Effingham 10-2 Wednesday afternoon.
Newton walks off against Dieterich
For the second straight game, Newton earned a win via the walkoff, this time as Caleb Chesnut drove in the game-winning run with two outs to down Dieterich 5-4.
Walsh, Bulldogs fend off Newton 17-8
Makayla Walsh played the role of starter and stopper.
She relieved St. Anthony pitcher Jenna Woltman, who was struggling to locate her pitches, and stopped the bleeding during a four-run fourth inning.
Flaming Hearts handle Olney
Effingham cruised to its second dual win of the year, taking all nine matches from Olney Tuesday afternoon.
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