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EFFINGHAM — Effingham St. Anthony starting pitcher Brandon Puckett orchestrated a close game and the offense produced the winning run.

The Bulldogs (5-3) prevailed over Mattoon 4-3 with the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Although Puckett managed most of the game and struck out six, closer Colin Koester got credit for the win tossing the final inning.

“He (Puckett) got into a mode where each inning he had a base runner, but he got himself out of it,” St. Anthony coach Kenny Koenig said. “Our kids understand when he's on the mound, there's a chance to win.”

Koester was among four batters who posted multiple hits for the Bulldogs. Joseph Kabbes led the offense with three hits and an RBI, including a double.

St. Anthony totaled 13 hits while Mattoon had six.

“That kind of production definitely gives you a chance to win,” Koenig said. We really came out with an understanding of the game and what their pitchers would try to do, especially with the new pitch limit.”

Tuscola 10, Central A&M 1

TUSCOLA — The Warriors darted out early to a 5-0 lead while pitcher Noah Pierce was throwing darts.

Pierce tossed five innings with just one hit and two walks with nine strikeouts.

He also had a hit and two RBIs.

“We gave them an unerarned run in the third on a throwing error, but otherwise our pitching and defense were strong tonight,” Tuscola coach Duff Hoel said.

Tuscola's offense also punished Central A&M, which committed four errors.

Andrew Erickson delivered two hits and four RBIs while Dalton Hoel had two hits and two RBIs.

“We put some pressure on their defense by striking out only three times,” coach Hoel said. “Dalton Hoel set the table well by getting on base all four plate appearances and Andrew Erickson did his job in each at-bat, driving in four runs.”

SOFTBALL

Mount Zion 5, Casey-Westfield 1

Mount Zion 8, Casey-Westfield 0

CASEY – Mount Zion's Maddie Morgan blasted Casey-Westfield in the opener and the Braves dominated the doubleheader.

Casey managed 10 hits but only put across one run against Morgan, who went the entire seven innings.

Morgan also went 2-for-2 with three RBIs while Alli Davis smashed a home run with two RBIs.

“It was all about pitching today,” Mount Zion coach Greg Blakey said. “Maddie Morgan pitched a great first game and she was very efficient in her pitches. In the second game, we were able to win by committee as we put three pitchers out there and each had success.”

Mount Zion leaped to a 5-0 lead in the first inning of the second game and strolled.

Davis was at the vanguard again with a double and three RBIs and Mount Zion improved to 6-1.

“This was the first time we've swept Casey-Westfield in a long time,” Blakey said.

Tuscola 14, Central A&M 3

TUSCOLA – Warriors coach Lenny Sementi said his team was sluggish to start.

That quickly vanished in the third inning when Tuscola rallied and mustered 13 runs for a 14-2 advantage.

“We had a big inning with 13 runs to blow it open and they (Central A&M) had a couple of errors in the inning that we took advantage of,” Sementi said.

Abbey Walsh went a perfect 3-for 3 with a triple and RBI while Aleix Koester rapped out two hits and three RBIs.

Pitcher Morgan Day coasted to another win with nine strikeouts.

“Our pitcher, Morgan Day, pitched well,” Sementi said. “Central A&M got to her in the fifth (inning) with three straight hits, but she worked herself out of it. She did a great job.”

Charleston 12, Teutopolis 0

TEUTOPOLIS —  After a scoreless first inning, Charleston controlled the rest of the game against Teutopolis.

The Trojans scored three runs in the second inning and seven in the sixth to come away with the shutout.

Pitcher Macey McElravy went five innings and gave up only four hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out five. Madison Morecraft pitching the final inning.

McElravy was also 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles.

"Played really well from first pitch. Macey (McElravy) pitched really well and (it's) good for her to bounce back from a rough outing against Rantoul. She said she felt more in command and hit her spots," Charleston coach Blain Mayhall said.

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