MATTOON — After a 9-8 start to the season, Mattoon baseball coach Mark Jackley is starting to get a good feeling about his team after the last two games.
The Green Wave dropped a 2-1 contest to Salem in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, but bounced back with a 10-7 win in the second game. The Green Wave let two leads slip away in the contest, but still won the game in 10 innings.
On Thursday, Mattoon rode the momentum from Saturday's win and jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Teutopolis, which made the state tournament last season.
The Wooden Shoes did get within two runs in the third and three runs in the fifth, but Mattoon held off Teutopolis and picked up an 11-6 win on Thursday. Jackley thinks the last time the Green Wave beat Teutopolis is either in 2008 or 2009.
"It's a good win and we haven't beat them in a long time, so that's a quality win," Jackley said. "I still attribute it to Saturday with us pulling out that second game in extra innings. It just seems offensively we are more confident. I would've like to see some more clutch hitting when we had the bases loaded, but hey, we are loading the table and the getting guys on.
"Hopefully the little things like making the routine play and getting a clutch hit are going to find us these last three weeks. We've had some tough luck the first half of the season and now it's time for things to start going our way."
The Green Wave (10-7) scored 11 runs on 15 hits and forced Teutopolis (17-8) to make plays defensive, which the Wooden Shoes struggled to do at times. They finished the game with four errors and five of Mattoon's 11 runs were unearned.
Mattoon only struck out two times in the game and drew nine walks.
"We didn't have many strikeouts today and we had a couple of counts where they are throwing breaking balls in the dirt and we took advantage," Jackley said. "Good win for us and we just want to finish the season strong the last three weeks."
Errors cost Teutopolis right away in the first inning as Trey Skocy scored on an error by the third baseman to make it 1-0.
"I think after the rough start we had to the season, coach challenged us to hit the ball better," Skocy said. "We didn't start off well. Even myself, I think I was 1-for-11 with six strikeouts. If we stay on top of the ball and put it in play like today, good things will happen."
The Green Wave loaded the bases in the second inning and Tucker Rappe, Rayme Hamilton and Tanner Miller all ended up scoring on wild pitches for a 4-0 lead.
Fischer 10, Tuscola 7
TUSCOLA — The Warriors surged ahead 7-5 after scoring five runs in the fourth inning.
Fisher's offense, however, stayed on track and stole the lead back 8-7 with three runs in the fifth.
Much of that could be attributed to Tuscola's defense, which committed five errors in the game.
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“Our defense gave up four unearned runs,” Tuscola coach Duff Hoel said. “We only had four hits and as a result, we lost to a good Fisher team.”
Kaleb Williams was dinged with the loss, throwing two innings with two hits and two strikeouts.
Dalton Hoel had a hit and two RBIs for Tuscola.
Effingham 8, Taylorville 0
Effingham 1, Taylorville 0
TAYLORVILLE — Effingham sophomore Aly Armstrong shut out Taylorville with two complete games.
She struck out 14 in the first game and then fanned eight for a remarkable day.
She also only allowed a total of six hits in 14 innings of work.
“She's thrown the ball well all year,” Effingham coach Jerry Trigg said. “In the second game, I thought we'd have a little more success than we did, but we only got the one run. Luckily, that was enough for us.”
St. Teresa 10, MacArthur 0
DECATUR — The Bulldogs overwhelmed MacArthur from the beginning.
St. Teresa leaped to a huge 7-0 lead by halftime, powered by Lauryn Pugh who led the team with four goals.
Jordan Brunner and Rylie Danner each had two goals.
“I think that our offense really clicked, particularly in the first half,” St. Teresa coach Tom Cantwell said. “We worked on finishing on the training ground and finishing well around the net. As the season's progressed on, we're doing better at that.”