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ASSUMPTION -- Central A&M kept threatening to score late, but Nokomis' Connor Engelman always responded by closing the door.

Engelman went the full seven innings to hold down A&M and help Nokomis to a 4-1 victory. Even though he had seven walks, his nine strikeouts brought him out of jams.

"Connor pitched well," Nokomis coach Brian Pesko said. "He brought us out of trouble for about three of four innings.

"We also picked off a couple of kids who were threatening in the later innings, and that was probably the biggest part of the game."

Austin McDowell homered as Andrew Herpstreith and Ryan Archibald added two hits apiece.

A&M scored in the first, but that was it.

"It was a good baseball game," A&M coach Chad Carroll said. "If anything, I would have liked us to put the ball in play a little bit more, but for the most part, we've been having good at-bats lately.

"The last four innings our third out came via strikeout, and you just can't do that if you're going to win close ballgames."

Effingham St. Anthony 8, Neoga 0

NEOGA -- Between Adam Levitt's two-hitter and St. Anthony hitting up and down the order, Bulldogs coach Kenny Koenig saw plenty he liked.

"We came out and played really well," Koenig sid. "It was one of our best games."

The sophomore Levitt controlled Neoga's offense, allowing two hits and four walks on the night. Levitt struck out six, and forced plenty of groundouts along the way.

"On the mound, Adam did great," Koenig said. "He knew what he was doing."

After the Bulldogs manufactured three runs in the second, Drew Gibson hit one of his two doubles in the fourth to score two more. St. Anthony finished with eight runs on nine hits as the offense scored throughout the night.

Drew Ramert and Matt Kingery had the two hits for Neoga. 

"We've done some things we haven't done in a while. We did some good swinging early on," Koenig said.

SOFTBALL 

Teutopolis 3, Newton 0

TEUTOPOLIS -- T-Town's offense brought its usual firepower, but a stingy Newton defense made the Shoes earn every run.

Teutopolis had nine hits, scoring one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings. That was enough for Kadi Borries, who struck out 14 and allowed four hits.

"Kadi was dealing again tonight and had really good stuff," T-Town coach Rich Niebrugge said. "The defense did a nice job behind her.

"Newton was very tough tonight and they made us work hard offensively as runs were not easy to come by for either team."

Anni Borries (2-for-4) and Sidney Brumleve (2-for-3) led the Shoes offense. Teutopolis improved to 23-1.

Cumberland 18, Martinsville 0

TOLEDO -- The Pirates kept their winning streak going with a big win.

With Katie Poe dealing a two-hitter from the circle and the Cumberland offense clicking, the Pirates won their fourth straight.

"We just had a really good week so far," Cumberland coach Marnie Blade said. "Our pitching has been good, and Katie had some good strikeouts.

"This makes you feel confident coming into regionals."

That'll be unfamiliar territory for Cumberland. It's in Class 2A for the first time since 2008, and they've been placed in a tough regional with Tuscola as the No. 1 seed. Cumberland will continue to test itself with a game against Teutopolis today and Tuscola on Thursday, May 12.

Tolono Unity 18, Mount Zion 12

MOUNT ZION -- Fans of offense didn't leave disappointed after the Rockets finally emerged the victor after 10 innings -- the two totaled 30 runs, 42 hits, and four home runs.

Fans of pitching and defense were left scratching their heads -- Unity had four errors, Mount Zion had seven.

"It was a game we should have won in seven innings, but we gave up 12 runs with two outs and had seven errors," Mount Zion coach Greg Blakey said. "It's hard to win game when you do that.

"Offensively, I thought we did good."

Alli Davis and Dayna Kennedy both went 4-for-6 with a home run. Tied at 8 heading into extras, both teams scored one run in the eighth. In the 10th, Unity's offense opened up nine runs to close the door.

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