The Effingham Lady Hearts defeated Teutopolis Lady Shoes Tuesday, 3-2.
The game was close, as the Lady Hearts held onto a 1-0 lead going into the fifth inning. Both teams combined for only two hits through the first four innings.
Lady Hearts pitcher Jaidi Davis was dealing in the circle, as she sent down three of the first four Lady Shoes batters. Davis let up a single in the first which came from Karsyn Mette. Davis said that she was using her rise ball and that it made the Lady Shoes hitters swing. Lady Shoes batters were working the count in their favor, Davis said that she adjusted by just trusting the defense behind her.
On the Lady Shoes side, Alli Brumleve gave up a single from Emma Budde to start the bottom of the first. Budde scored on a sacrifice fly from Carsyn Fearday. The next hit would not come until the fifth inning.
"Typical pitchers duel there. Both teams had some chances to score more runs. We had a couple base running mistakes but they were aggressive mistakes," head coach of the Lady Hearts Jerry Trigg said. "There pitcher was pretty good. Alli [Brumleve] was really sharp. Keeping us off balance and that is what we expected from her. Our Jaidi [Davis] battled there too. Kind of kept them off balance as well. She [Davis] was pretty dominant. She had a few walks in there but she was around the plate which is what we really want her to be."
"I think we saw two pitchers out here neither one wanted to give anything up. They both wanted to win," head coach of the Lady Shoes Rich Niebrugge said. "Both defenses wanted to win. It was a good game to watch."
In the top of the fifth, the Lady Shoes loaded the bases with drawing two walks and getting hit by a pitch. Trigg walked to the circle to talk with Davis and Trigg told her to get a ground ball and to keep focus. Brumleve knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly to center to tie the game.
"They only got one out of it and we'll take that," Trigg said. "It was a pretty tough situation there for us."
"I felt like Alli Brumleve really settled in well. They got that run in the first and I fell like she was pitching well, she was pitching with a little bit of a chip on her shoulder and I thought 'hey, this is going to be good,'" Niebrugge said. "We got the run across. I obviously wanted more than one but we got the one to tie it up. We were obviously hoping to hold onto that for a little longer then capitalize."
The tie was short lived as the Lady Hearts hit three straight singles from Davis, Skyler Schafer and Emma Huss to load the bases. Budde singled in a run to take the lead. Lauryn Douthit brought in Schafer on a sacrifice fly to right to make it 3-1.
"[Emma] Budde's been a really good hitter as of late," Trigg said. "[The sacrifice] was really big and putting the ball in play when we need too."
"They got those well placed hits. They put the bat on the ball and the ball found the grass in the wrong spot. Just very well placed hits," Niebrugge said. "Effingham is going to be hitters."
Davis got the complete game giving up only two hits and struck out 10 batters. Brumleve pitched six innings giving up six hits and had three strike outs.