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."
Cardinals fly by Blackhawks 16-0
The frustrations from a tough 7-6 loss by North Clay to South Central Tuesday were relieved on the field Wednesday, as the Cardinals blasted the Sandoval Blackhawks 16-0 in five innings.
Czachorski: My own field of dreams
A few weeks ago, I sat behind the backstop at Evergreen Park, watching St. Anthony and South Central play baseball and taking photos when I overheard a conversation.
It was a few seven- or eight-year-old kids, just talking about the game in front of them, nearly gushing over some of their favorite players on St. Anthony.
Green settling into Whitecaps rotation
Since inking his pro deal, Effingham and University of Louisville alum Chad Green has donned a number of different jerseys.
In just over a year, Green's played for the Gulf Coast League Tigers, the Lakeland Flying Tigers, the West Michigan Whitecaps and, even just for a day or two, the Detroit Tigers.
Windsor/Stew-Stras combines for five-inning no-hitter
The second inning was good to Windsor/Stew-Stras again.
The Blue Devils scored 17 runs in the second inning of their 19-7 win against Cumberland on Tuesday, then scored 10 more in the same frame of a 16-0 rout of Ramsey on Wednesday, all while being shut out in the first inning of both games.
Altamont downs Charleston 6-2
At least it’s the last year of the Ohnesorges for Altamont’s opponents.
That’s the sister duo of Madison and Lauren that have been top athletes at Altamont High School. The pair produced once again in a 6-2 win over Charleston at Karch Field.
Pitcher's duel: Gardewine leads St. Anthony over Teutopolis 1-0
Zach Gardewine gripped the game ball tightly in his right hand and smiled.
It’s not every day a pitcher shuts out the loaded Teutopolis lineup and he knew it. Gardewine became the first player to blank the Wooden Shoes, in St. Anthony’s 1-0 win on Tuesday, since Dieterich duo Tanner Traub and Jake Bohnhoff on March 22, 2013.
Ziegler's choice an easy one
Lake Land College’s Grace Ziegler had a choice after her two years playing were up.
The Altamont alumna basically whittled her options down to this: continue to play basketball collegiately at a four-year institution, or transfer to a four-year institution to have a traditional college student experience.
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.
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