JOHN CURTIS - Daily Union Sports Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Windsor/Stew-Stras baseball used rallies to double-up Casey on Friday, 8-4, but a rally in game 2 on Saturday by Central A&M made W/SS settle for a split on Saturday, winning game 1, 4-0, and losing game 2, 4-3.
The Windsor/Stew-Stras coop used two 3-run rallies to count out Casey and run their record to 8-2 on the season.
Down 1-0 in the top of the 3rd, W/SS rattled the bats for three runs. Casey countered in the bottom of the inning with two runs to knot the game, 3-3. Once again, Casey took a 1-run lead in the 4th, 4-3. And, once again, W/SS answered a 1-run deficit with multiple runs, scoring two in the next half-inning.
W/SS was up 5-4 in the top of the 7th when they vaulted away from Casey with another 3-run rally. Casey had no answer in the bottom of the 7th. Hayden Cole hit 2-for-3 for W/SS and drove in four of their eight runs. Trey Leasher was 1-for-4, but drove in two more runs.
Hurler Ben Helton ran his record to 3-1 with the win. Helton shut down Casey, throwing a 1-hit, 3-inning shutout to wrap up the win. He struck out five and walked no one. Despite the 4-run margin of victory, W/SS was out-hit by Casey 8 to 7.
W/SS 8, Casey 4
W/SS 003 020 3--8-7
Casey 012 100 0--4-8
W/SS stats: Allen 1-for-4, 3 runs; Vonderheide 2-for-3, 3 runs, RBI; Theis 0-for-3; Cole 2-for-3, run, 4 RBIs; Fulk 0-for-4; Stremming 1-for-3; Leasher 1-for-4, 2 RBIs; Helton 0-for-3; Helmuth 0-for-1, run. Pitching (W) Helton (3-1) 3 1/3 IP, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 BBs, 5 Ks.
Casey stats: Stepina 2-for-4, RBI; Glidewell 2-for-4, run; M. McCown 0-for-4; Bland 1-for-4, RBI; S. McCown 0-for-3, run; Belt 1-for-2, RBI; Williams 1-for-3; Chism 1-for-3; Ragan 0-for-2, run; Shellenbarger run. Pitching (L) Belt 4 IP, 5 runs, 5 hits, 3 BBs, 6 Ks.
Saturday was a good, double-dip match-up between W/SS and Central A&M.
Although W/SS got a shutout win in game 1, they were out-hit again. A&M had twice as many hits as W/SS 6 to 3. However, W/SS was able to get their runners across home plate.
After two scoreless innings, W/SS got on the board, scored another run in the 4th, and then two more runs in the 5th, including a home run by Hayden Cole, who had three RBIs.
Meanwhile, W/SS pitcher Vonderheide threw a complete game shutout, allowing six hits and two walks, but ringing up nine batters. Eric Moma took the loss for A&M. He went six innigs and allowed just three hits, but walked five and gave up four runs. Hayden Cole, Justin Fulk, and Leasher were the only W/SS batters to get hits off Moma. A&M had two multiple hitters in Bugg and Bray, both went 2-for-3. Garner and Ramsey also hit safely.
W/SS 4, Central A&M 0
A&M 000 000 0--0-6
W/SS 001 120 x--4-3
W/SS stats: Allen 0-for-3, Vonderheide 0-for-1; Theis 0-for-1; Cole 1-for-2, run, 3 RBIs; Fulk 1-for-3; Stremming 0-for-1, run; Smith 0-for-1; Leasher 1-for-2; White 0-for-3; Helmuth 0-for-1, run; Kramer 0-for-1; Deremiah run. Pitching (W) Vonderheide (2-1) 7 IP, 0 runs, 6 hits, 2 BBs, 9 Ks.
CAM stats: Garner 1-for-2; Moma 0-for-2; Ramsey 1-for-3; Ade 0-for-3; Snyder 0-for-2; Miller 0-for-3; Bray 2-for-3; Bugg 2-for-3; Ohl 0-for-2; Mitchell 0-for-1. Pitching (L) Moma 6 IP, 4 runs, 3 hits, 5 BBs, 2 Ks.
In the 2nd game, A&M got a 3-run rally that spelled just the third defeat for W/SS.
W/SS got solo runs in the 1st and 2nd, before A&M got on the board with a solo run in the 3rd. In the 5th inning, A&M had a rally and went from one down to up two, 4-2. W/SS got a run back in the bottom of the inning, but the A&M relief pitching shut down W/SS the rest of the way and they suffered a tough 1-run loss.
Both teams picked up their hitting in game two, but it was A&M that got their runners in. A&M out-hit W/SS again 8 to 5, but this time W/SS couldn't manufacture runs like their two previous wins.
A&M had three hitters with multiple hits and W/SS just one. Garner was 2-for-2 with a run for A&M, while Ramsey was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs. Ade was 3-for-4 with one RBI. Moma also hit safely and scored. Gunner Theis was 3-for-4 for W/SS with an RBI, while Cole was 1-for-3 and Leasher was 1-for-2.
Dance bent, but didn't break as the A&M winning pitcher. He gave up three runs on five hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings, while only striking no one. Meanwhile, Alex Allen came in to pitch for Windsor with a 2-1 lead and couldn't contain A&M. Allen gave up the 3-run rally, five hits and two walks, while striking out just one. Allen, the most consistent hitter for W/SS to start the season, went 0-of-7 in the doubleheader.
W/SS (9-3) hosts Sullivan on Tuesday, then travel to beecher City on Thursday. A&M was to host Pana on Monday, then travel to Clinton on Tuesday, before returning home on Friday to host Monticello.
Central A&M 4, W/SS 3
A&M 001 030 0--4-8
W/SS 110 010 0--3-5
A&M stats: Garner 2-for-2, run; Moma 1-for-3, run; Ramsey 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Ade 3-for-4, RBI; Snyder 0-for-3; Bray 0-for-2; Dance 0-for-2; Lees 0-for-1; Bugg 0-for-2; Ohl 0-for-3. Pitching (W) Dance 4 1/3 IP, 3 runs, 5 hits, 4 BBs, 0 Ks.
W/SS stats: Allen 0-for-4; Vonderheide 0-for-4, Cole 1-for-3, run; Theis 3-for-4, RBI; Fulk 0-for-2; Stremming 0-for-1, run; Leasher 1-for-2; White 0-for-1; Hubbartt 0-for-1; Warner run. Pitching (L) Allen (0-1) 3 IP, 3 runs, 5 hits, 2 BBs, 1 K.