CHARLESTON -- Sawyer Scott owned the first game for Mattoon, then Charleston's Wes Harrell and Ben Sweeney took Game 2.
Both were pitchers' duels in the Coles County baseball doubleheader on Tuesday. Mattoon won the first, 2-0, before Charleston closed with a 2-1 win.
"Our pitchers did everything they could do and even more today to win," Mattoon coach Mark Jackley said. "Offensively, we just can't string hits together and I can't understand it."
The Green Wave took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1, leaving Scott to outduel Charleston's Dawson Armstrong.
Mattoon only had one hit in the second game. Still, Charleston needed Blaine Crews to drive in Luke Buescher for the winning run in the seventh inning.
Tuscola 5, Warrensburg-Latham 1
TUSCOLA -- Nick Bates is on back-to-back good outings on the mound, ringing up 25 opposing hitters in those wins.
The Warriors spotted him a 3-0 lead through three innings. Andrew Erickson and Jaret Heath finished with two RBIs apiece.
"It's always easier to pitch when you're ahead," Tuscola coach Duff Hoel said. "That's two strong outings in a row for Nick. He is peaking at the right time and his velocity is up."
Garrett Shea took his first loss of the season, lasting two innings and allowing one run. He struggled with location, with three strikeouts and three walks.
AJ Duff, on a double, drove in the Cardinals' only run.
Tuscola improved to 21-3, 12-0 in the Central Illinois Conference.
Central A&M 7, Sullivan 2
ASSUMPTION -- Jordan Miller needed an inning to settle in. He gave up one run and three hits in the first inning. After that, he was sailing.
Sullivan only totaled two runs and four hits -- one a Zach Hrvol home run.
"Jordan just keeps getting better on the mound," Central A&M coach Chad Carroll said. "He's pitched a lot of good games this year, but this may have been the best I've seen him. He was locating his fastball on both sides of the plate. Not a lot of high school pitchers like to throw inside, but Jordan was hitting the inside corner consistently."
Carroll said it's the third game in a row the Raiders offense has clicked.
They only managed three hits, but thanks to four Sullivan errors and two walks, they scored seven runs -- four in the second inning.
"We didn't get a ton of hits, but we got timely ones," Carroll said.
Central A&M improved to 21-5 on the year.
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Neoga 9, Newton 8
NEOGA -- The Indians needed a good offensive performance and got it. They scored in every inning. Newton scored in four of seven innings but in bunches with four in the third and two in the sixth.
"Defensively, we were really bad," Neoga coach Zach Miller said. "However, we hit well enough to overcome our errors. We actually blew more opportunities than we cashed in on."
Neoga committed four errors in helping Newton stay in the game.
But on offense, Drew Ramert had a home run and three RBIs, Matt Kingery the same and Lee Nees added a home run and two RBIs.
Tuscola 20, Warrensburg-Latham 1
TUSCOLA -- Emily Yeakley was the latest victim of a bruising Tuscola batting order. The Warriors got 20 runs -- 12 in the first inning -- on 15 hits.
"We came out strong in the first inning," Tuscola coach Lenny Sementi said. "We hit three home runs and that kind of set the tone for the night."
Morgan Day, Karli Allen and Halle McCrory all hit bombs -- McCrory's a grand slam. Day was a perfect 3-for-3, two doubles, a home run and five RBIs.
Abbey Walsh also had three RBIs on two hits.
Yeakley walked seven Warriors in her four innings.
Day breezed right along in the pitcher's circle. She gave up one run on three hits and struck out nine Cardinals.
Tuscola improved to 24-3 this season.
Mattoon 9, Charleston 3
Mattoon 6, Charleston 4
MATTOON — With a county rivalry sweep, Mattoon set itself firmly in the drivers seat of the Apollo Conference race.
Avery Jackson had a lot to do with it. She went 6-for-7 over the doubleheader, driving in five RBIs with three doubles and a triple.
"Those are the kind of things that we need," Mattoon coach Amy Hines said. "I've noticed in these games lately that we have a couple that really shine. It's good to see that because hopefully at the end we spark at the right time."
The Green Wave opened up a lead of seven-run lead in the first game and five-run lead in the second, and pitcher Cassi Dow helped hold off the Trojans.
Mattoon improved to 14-4, 6-1 in the Apollo.