Effingham Daily News
ST. ELMO —
Teutopolis' first unit gave the Shoes a 8-0 cushion to play with in the fourth inning, but the action was far from over.
The Shoes and St. Elmo/Brownstown would combine for 30 runs as Teutopolis took a 20-10 win on Thursday.
Teutopolis head coach Rich Niebrugge swapped his starting nine for the second unit in the fourth inning and the Shoes scored eight more runs.
Janelle Gebben's three-run double capped off the top half of the inning. The Shoes sprayed four hits and took five walks in the inning.
Base hits by Charlotte Wente and Patricia Campbell brought in runs, while Eagles' pitcher Elissa Baron walked in the remaining runs.
“They came in looking to hit,” Niebrugge said of his offense. “They weren't chasing bad pitches and we also had some good base running tonight.”
Madison Cowman pitched three perfect innings, getting the start for the Shoes. She struck out six of the nine batters faced, including the last three.
Niebrugge said Cowman did a “fantastic” job controlling her pitches in her first start — the Shoes' second game — this season. The Eagles got after Anni Borries, who replaced Cowman to start the fourth inning.
Hitless until the fourth, the Eagles scored nine runs on seven hits and four errors against Borries, but Niebrugge wasn't going to blame his pitcher.
“Those first several balls, nothing even left the infield,” Niebrugge said. “They got some nice hits at the end, but none of those girls should've been batting because we should've been out of the inning long before.”
Kyrstyn Fitch and Darby Moss squeaked out singles to start the inning, before three consecutive Shoes errors on the next three batters brought in two runs.
Danie Austin batted in two runners on a single and an error by the third baseman, but Borries retired two of the next three hitters for the first two outs of the inning.
“I told (Borries), 'I do not want this to get in your head,'” Niebrugge said. “Anni is a tough competitor and understands the situation.”
The Eagles continued the rally with a two-run single off the bat of Baylee Scholes. A Moss triple scored two, before Morgan Brown singled to score the last run.
Seventeen total runs were scored in the fourth inning – the Eagles outscoring the Shoes, 9-8. The Eagles scored once more in the fifth.
“It was our second time through the lineup, so we should hit better,” SE/B head coach Megan Burrus said. “(Borries) throws a little different (than Cowman), but not better or worse. Apparently, our girls like her.”
Teutopolis regrouped in the fifth inning, tacking on four runs. Sidney Brumleve tripled, scoring one and sparking a rally. Borries batted after the rough fourth inning. She walked and later scored.
Jessica Drees clinched the win for the Shoes on the mound, giving up two hits and one run against four batters. Borries threw out Austin on a steal attempt at second base.
“We kept (Borries) in there, at the end, because she's such a good leader,” Niebrugge said. “That last inning, she did such a nice job of commanding the defense.”
Kadi Borries carried the Shoes to their early lead, going 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs. The Shoes hit four triples in the first two innings, including one by MacKenzie Wermert that scored two runs.
The Shoes connected against Scholes for eight runs on six hits in three innings.
“There were a lot of line drives,” Niebrugge said. “MacKenzie got that nice line drive. That was a big hit for us. She's been wanting it so bad.”
The Eagles return to action on Saturday at the Fairfield Tournament. Teutopolis is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. contest in Dieterich today.
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Teutopolis 431 84 20 13 5
St. Elmo/Brownstown 000 91 10 9 4
WP- Cowman (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 6 K) LP- Scholes (3 IP, 6 H, 8 R)
Teutopolis: Cowman (3B, 2 R), Campbell (1B, R), Lustig (RBI), A. Borries (3B, BB, 2 RBI, 2 R), Althoff (BB), K. Borries (2-2, 3B, 2 RBI), Ruholl (2 BB, RBI, 1B), Apke (1B, RBI, R), Gebben (2B, 3 RBI, R), R Drees (2B, R), MacKenzie (3B, 2 RBI, R), J. Drees (1B, R), Smith (R), Brumleve (3B, RBI, BB, 2 R), C. Wente (1B, R), Repking (RBI), Waldhoff (BB, RBI)
SE/B: Fitch (2-3, 2 R), Moss (2-3, 3B, 2 RBI), Brown (RBI, R), T. Austin (RBI, R), Pruett (2B, 2 R, RBI), D. Austin (2-3, 2 RBI), Scholes (1B, 2 RBI)