The St. Anthony’s Bulldogs started early, and never really let up in cruising to an 11-0 baseball victory over Neoga Thursday afternoon.
Austin Bushur homered twice, and the reigning Class A state champions hit four home runs overall and improved to 2-0 on the season.
The offensive assult was more than enough for pitcher Zach Gardewine, who went the distance and had seven strikeouts while allowing only three hits.
Two batters into the game, the Bulldogs had a 2-0 lead. Ben Hecht led off the game with a home run on a 3-2 pitch, then Bushur followed with his blast to make it 2-0.
Gardewine homered leading off the second, and Jacob Lorenz singled and scored later in the inning on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.
The Bulldogs blew the game open with a two-run sixth, then plated five more in the seventh, an inning that included Bushur’s second home run and an RBI double by Hecht. Lorenz also had a run-scoring single in the frame.
Hecht and Bushur finished 2 for 3, and Jeff Niebrugge and Lorenz were 2 for 4 to pace the Bulldogs’ 11-hit attack.
Jake Baker, Tyler Romack and Tyler Monroe were 1 for 3 for the Indians in their season opener.
Neoga’s best scoring threat came in the sixth. The Indians had two on and one out, but Gardewine induced an inning-ending double-play grounder.
Shoes shut down Woodlan
Michael Gillespie pitched six innings, allowing only one unearned run and striking out seven to lead Teutopolis to a 7-1 over Woodlawn.
The offense gave Gillespie plenty of early support, scoring at least one run in every inning except the fourth as part of a nine-hit effort.
Chase Wendling had two hits and drove in two, and Danny Nosbisch had a two hit game to lead the Wooden Shoes offensively.
Teutopolis (2-0) on the season. The team will be back on the field on Saturday, when it hosts a wooden bat tournament.
Windsor routs Beecher City
Behind an 11-run fourth inning, the Windsor Blue Devils defeated the Beecher City Eagles 15-1.
Alex Allen and Tristan Warner each had three hits and four RBI to lead Windor’s offensive charge. Christian Smith added two hits of his own for the Eagles.
Aaron White pitched four innings and allowed only one run to pick up his first victory of the season in Windor’s opener.
The Eagles’ next game is tonight at Putnam County.
South Central tops Stew-Stras
Daniel Diss pitched a complete game, allowing five runs and striking out four to lead the Cougars to an 11-5 victory over Stew-Stras on Thursday.
Noah Powless led the Cougars’ offense, belting a three-run home run in the fifth inning and finishing the game with four RBI.
Heath Hoffman, Fischer Tharp and Kyle Bray chipped in at the plate with multiple-hit games.
South Central will be back on the field today at Cisne. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
Bulldog tennis sweeps Newton
The St. Anthony girls’ tennis team turned in a dominant performance against Newton on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs won all nine of their matches in straight sets against the Eagles.
Jenny Walters, D.J. Brummer, Anna Utz, Lexie Niebrugge, Morgan Gardewine and Anna Schutzbach won singles matches.
Utz and Niebrugge, Brummer and Walters and Gardewine and Schutzbach won doubles matches.
Charleston girls down Teutopolis
The Teutopolis girls fell to 1-2 after losing to Charleston on Wednesday afternoon at Charleston Country Club.
Charleston’s Maddy Burgett was medalist with a 42.
Celeste Deters led the Wooden Shoes with a 50. Laura Wente finished one stroke behind Deters for Teutopolis.
Leah Kremer (59), Haley Giles (60), Holly Dust (61) and Ellie Ruholl (65) rounded out the Teutopolis scoring.
Bulldogs top Cumberland
Led by a dominant performance from Nick Wortman, who shot a 41, St. Anthony defeated Cumberland on Thursday at Bent Tree Golf Course, 184-203.
Kyle Britton and Jared Hutchison each carded a 47 for the round, Sam Wortman shot a 49, Nate Schmidt shot a 50 and Nick Behl added a 55 to complete the scoring for the Bulldogs.
Dawson Cross and Austin Light were the low scorers for the Pirates with 47.
Effingham tops Centralia
A goal by Alex Carie in the 21st minute was all the Effingham boys’ soccer team would need to defeat Centralia on Wednesday afternoon at the Charleston Red and Gold Tournament.
Matt Steffen assisted Carie’s goal for the Hearts.
The junior varsity team also won against Centralia’s JV team, 2-0.
Michael Carie and Jacob Gadberry scored Effingham’s goals in that contest.
Teutopolis girls win 5-way
The Teutopolis girls finished first out of five schools at Sullivan on Thursday.
Megan Weichman had the best time for the Wooden Shoes, running the three-mile course in 23 minutes, 57 seconds.
Lauren Jensen, Morgan Deers, Julie Waldhoff and Kadi Borries rounded out the top five for Teutopolis.
Teutopolis finished with a team score of 26, beating second-place Sullivan by 13 points.
Susan Ponder of Tuscola finished in 23:53, the best time of the meet.
T-Town boys finish second
The Wooden Shoes boysfinished in second place out of five schools in the meet at Sullivan.
Sullivan finished in first place with 36 total points, five ahead of Teutopolis.
Zach Mette led the way for the Wooden Shoes, finishing in 19:21. Cody Heurman ran a 19:52, Jesse Miller ran a 19:55, Lucas Probst finished in 19:57 and Adam Goedde had a time of 20:23 to round out the Teutopolis runners.