Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


March 19, 2014

Comets' comeback falls short

Central A&M beats Stew-Stras/Windsor 7-6

WINDSOR — The strong wind never changed, but the Stew-Stras/Windsor bats did with three outs left in the Comets' first game of the season, a 7-6 loss on Tuesday.

The Comets managed one hit in the first six innings against Central A&M pitcher Addie Collins, who struck out seven, and trailed 7-1 entering the bottom of the seventh inning.

Collins retired Comets catcher Lindsay Burton after Courtney Schultz led off the inning with a double, but Kennedy Ferris, Madison Quast and Baylee Quast hit consecutive doubles to spark a rally.

Central A&M head coach Wayne Jordan visited Collins on the mound, after Madison Quast drove in pinch runner Katie Greuel for the second run of the inning, but didn't take her out. He said, after the game, he should've pulled her sooner.

“She ran out of gas,” Jordan said. “She was dominating for about five innings. We just built a lead up and got the (win) because of it.”

But Jordan kept Collins in the game and SS/W's Bayleigh Tabor grounded out for the second out, scoring Madison Quast. Mercedez Austin singled to drive in Baylee Quast before a Kendall Knop double brought in the fifth run of the inning.

“You got from being dominated the first three innings to going to the last out with Becca (Schlechte) and saying that's a game we probably should've won,” Comets head coach Kyle Knop said.

Allison Kresin replaced Collins with two outs in the seventh and forced Schlechte into a pop out at first base, saving the game for the Raiders.

Seven of the Comets' nine batters made only their third plate appearances in the seventh inning, until the lineup turned around to Knop in the lead-off spot.

“(The Comets) hit well, at the end,” Jordan said. “I don't know that we had a play to make. You can't do anything about base hits.”

The Comets struck out seven times in their first time through the batting order, as Collins finished with seven strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings. She gave up seven hits.

“She didn't seem like she was going to throw it by us there, but she was spotting the ball really well,” Knop said. “She had enough velocity that when she was placing it on the corners, she was doing it really well.”

Knop broke up a perfect game to start the fourth inning with a triple. She scored on a double steal, with Schlechte on first, for the Comets' first run of the game.

Schultz walked to put runners at first and second, no outs, trailing 4-1, but confusion on the next at-bat cost the Comets an opportunity to score more runs.

Burton was called out on the infield fly rule. Schlechte was called out at third base after advancing on a dropped infield fly by Central A&M's Olivia Jordan.

“You hate to see that rally get snubbed out by a fly ball that lands 15 feet from the plate,” Knop said.

Ferris popped out to strand Schultz on base and the Raiders capitalized for three runs in the next inning. Jordan picked up three RBIs in the fifth inning, reaching second base on an error by center fielder Megan Cress.

Knop led the Comets with two hits, scoring once, but took the loss on the mound. She gave up seven runs in five innings. Schlechte pitched two shutout innings, in relief, with one strikeout.

Taylor Jordan and Kaley Hennings led the Raiders with two hits apiece, each scoring two runs. Jordan had two doubles. Mo Hunter also had two hits.

The Comets' next game is at 4:15 p.m. Thursday in Shelbyville.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

Central A&M          103 030 0     7 8 1

Stew-Stras/Windsor     000 100 5     6 7 4

WP - Collins (6.2 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 7 K) LP- Knop (5 IP, 7 R, 6 H, 3 K)

A&M: T Jordan (2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, SB), Hennings (2-4, 2 R, SB), Friesner (1B, 2 R, RBI), Damery (R), Hunter (2-4, 2 RBI), O Jordan (3 RBI), Collins (1B)

SS/W: Knop (2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, R, SB), Schultz (BB, 1B, R), Ferris (2B, RBI), M. Quast (2B, RBI, R), B. Quast (2B, RBI, R), Tabor (RBI), Austin (RBI, R)


Text Only
  • 7-29NewtonOrientmain.JPG Newton's season ends in 14-4 loss

     Newton Post 20 almost pulled another comeback off against the Orient Miners, cutting a 5-1 deficit to 5-4 midway through Monday night’s game.
    But Newton’s Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament run came to an end, as Orient rattled off nine runs in the sixth inning and clinched a spot in the state tournament with a 14-4 win.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-28NewtonSundaygame2.JPG Comeback win keeps Post 20 alive in 10-7 win

    Newton Post 120 didn’t let a 4-1 deficit get to them against Highland Post 439, using a patient approach in the face of an elimination game.
    Three bases-loaded walks in the bottom of the third tied the game at 4-4, and with the bases loaded down 5-4 in the fourth, Tim Weber broke the game open with a two-run double and an error.
    By the time the dust settled, Newton led 10-5 heading to the sixth inning and would hold on to a 10-7 win to keep its season alive.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-28NewtonSundaygame1.JPG Salem deals Newton first divisional loss

    Mitch Bierman started off Newton Post 20’s game against Salem Post 128 with a bang Sunday afternoon, hitting a leadoff triple and scoring on the next batter.
    Post 20’s offense didn’t follow his lead from there, as Newton had just three more hits and no runs, and falling in a Junior Legion Fifth Division winner’s bracket game to Salem 12-1 in seven innings.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • DSC_0725.JPG Newton Post 20 bests Belleville Post 58 in opener 6-1
    After a 9-3 loss to Breese Post 252 Gray Monday night, Newton Post 20 coach John Grunloh predicted the five-day break until the Junior Legion Fifth Division tournament would be good for his players, especially his pitchers. 
    Mitch Jansen proved his coach right, spinning a gem in Newton's opener Saturday afternoon as Post 20 made short work of Belleville Post 58 6-1. 

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • daughertyfootball.jpg Hearts to prep with Mattoon 7-on-7

    Two weeks ago, Effingham was supposed to start shaking off the rust with a 7-on-7 football tournament in Mattoon. Naturally, it rained and was canceled.
    So Saturday, the Flaming Hearts will head up to Mattoon and play their first 7-on-7 event of the season, taking part in an 10- team field with Mattoon, Rochester, Robinson, Marshall, Cahokia and Pleasant Plains from Illinois, with Terre Haute North and Northview coming from Indiana. Rochester is bringing two squads.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mammoser3.jpg Newton Post 20 plays Belleville Saturday

    With the District 23 tournament behind them, Newton Post 20 now knows its fate for the Fifth Division Junior Legion tournament this weekend in Bethalto.
    Newton will play Belleville Post 58 at 2:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Bethalto, in the third game of six on the day.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bateman.jpg Effingham's season comes to a close with 11-1 loss to Salem

    A 1-0 lead for Effingham Post 120 rapidly evaporated, and the post’s Junior Legion season came to an end with a 11-1 loss in five innings to Salem Post 128 Tuesday night.
    The game was for the final spot of District 23 in the divisional tournament, with Newton Post 20 and Breese Post 252 Gray punching their tickets by winning their district divisions.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bierman.jpg Newton Post 20 falls short against Breese Gray 9-3

    While the District 23 title ultimately exceeded Newton Post 20’s grasp, their season will continue in Bethalto.
    Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
    “The innings where they put some runs on us, we gave them some extra outs,” said Newton coach John Grunloh. “You’ve got to make the plays when you play better teams.”

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Barnes3.jpg Barnes' one-hitter boosts Post 120; Effingham beats Dieterich 1-0

    Ryan Barnes hasn’t seen a lot of time with Effingham Post 120’s junior legion team this season, but he showed up in a big way Monday night in a 1-0 win over Dieterich Post 628.
    The win kept Effingham’s season alive one more day in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament, as the post will face Salem Post 128 at 5:30 p.m. today for the district’s final spot in the divisional round. Salem Post 128 downed Mt. Vernon Post 141 1-0 in the West Division loser’s bracket, setting up the final with Effingham today.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mammoser2.jpg Newton Post 20 tops Effingham Post 120 7-5 late

    Most of the games at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament have seen pitching take control, but the pitchers in Sunday night's Effingham Post 120/Newton Post 20 game faced an uphill battle.
    While Brock Mammoser started the game for Post 20 on the hill and struggled, he came through with the biggest hit in the game, putting Newton up for good in a 7-5 win over Effingham.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.