EFFINGHAM -- After eight innings of a pitcher-dominated game, Effingham's Blake White broke through for the game-winning hit.

He drove in Lane Koenig for the final run, helping the Hearts beat Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg 3-2.

"Stew-Stras did a good job of keeping us off-balance," Effingham coach Chris Fleener said. "Our bats didn't quite come alive, but finally we got some big hits."

It was a combined effort on the mound with Mason Hull's four innings and Colby Utz and Ryan Barnes' two innings each. The three combined for five hits allowed, and Hull entered after Effingham issued three straight walks.

"I was pleased when Hull came in with bases loaded and nobody out, and he got us out of that jam," Fleener said. "Colby came in and Ryan got a win. He came in and pitched the best inning of the year for him."

Central A&M 12, Meridian 0

ASSUMPTION -- Zach Bugg threw three innings of no-hit ball and the Raiders came away with a big win and high praise from coach Chad Carroll.

"I thought this was our best all-around game all year," he said. "The weather gave us a few days off after a loss on Monday, and I thought our kids responded well."

Peyton Lees, Keaton Garner and Jordan Miller all had a pair of hits as A&M improved to 19-5 on the year.


Clinton 10, Warrensburg-Latham 3

WARRENSBURG -- Warrensburg made the most of what it had, turning one hit and one walk into three runs on Friday.

But that wasn't enough to overcome Clinton as the Maroons bounced back from Wednesday's loss despite three errors.

"I thought we played well enough to win, but I didn't feel like it was our best effort," Clinton coach Mike Nunnery said. "We had a few miscues. We finally hit the ball well in the third inning."

Aspyn Taylor went 3-for-5 and Bailey Holmes homered to lead the Maroons offense. Those will be the kinds of performances needed next week when Clinton takes on Meridian, Tuscola, Sullivan, Rochester, St. Joseph-Ogden and Casey-Westfield in five days.

"We hit the ball fairly well and ran the bases extremely well," Nunnery said. "We're coming down to the end of the season. We're going to have to pick it up a little next week to finish it out and hopefully we'll be able to do that."

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