EDN PREP ROUNDUP: Raddatz, Webb, Traub homer for Effingham in win over Casey-Westfield; Teutopolis softball defeats Dieterich

Mar. 15—CASEY, Ill. — The cover of the baseball had a rough afternoon.

Behind seven extra-base hits, the Effingham baseball team defeated Casey-Westfield, 13-1, at Jerald Barr Field outside Casey-Westfield High School on Friday.

"Watching what they've done the last two weeks and the way they've approached practice and live (at-bats), I feel that we have a lot of guys who are smart baseball players and take good approaches in the box," Flaming Hearts head coach Curran McNeely said. "When they take a swing, it's aggressive, and they seem to find the barrel."

Effingham (1-0) finished with eight hits total.

The Hearts struck first in the top of the first with one run.

Kaiden Nichols started the game with a double on the first pitch he saw. He later took third after a wild pitch and scored when Kaden Koeberlein hit the ball to left field, deep enough for Nichols to tag from third and score.

The Warriors then responded with their only run.

Brayden Rhoads drew a walk and then stole second and third before scoring on a passed ball.

Effingham answered with a two-spot in the top of the second.

After a Brody Boehm groundout to open the frame, Braxton Lewis hit a double and then scored one pitch later after Jude Traub launched a two-run home run over the left field fence to give the Hearts the lead, 3-1.

The home run was Traub's only hit of the game.

"What I've told everybody since I've taken this program over is that I don't care what class you're in, whether it's a freshman or a senior. If you're an intelligent baseball player and you're able to help us win ballgames, more than likely, you're going to find your way into our varsity lineup," McNeely said. He's an intelligent kid and very athletic."

Effingham then played three more in the top of the third.

Nichols scored on a passed ball, and Camden Raddatz played Koeberlein on a single.

Colton Webb then hit a two-run home run to right to extend the lead. Webb finished with two hits.

"It was nice to see 'Webby' get a couple of hits tonight," McNeely said. "The home run was nice; he got his foot down on time. If we're on a bigger field, it probably gets caught, but seeing him hit one out was nice."

Raddatz also finished with two hits, including a two-run shot in the top of the fifth.

"He's been through a lot lately with the surgery," McNeely said. "It was nice to see him make some plays at short. He fielded some groundballs that he made look routine and had two base hits."

Nichols toed the slab for the Hearts. He allowed one unearned run, no hits, and three walks to eight strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings. He was lifted in the bottom of the fifth after reaching his pitch limit.

"Kaiden threw well," McNeely said. "He's just got to find a rhythm. It's early in the season, and you're playing a different team, but he's got to find that rhythm again, but the kid battles."


Below are other scores from around the area.



Teutopolis 11, Dieterich 7

Teutopolis defeated Dieterich, 11-7, at Dieterich High School Softball Field.

Kayleigh Zerrusen and Alyssa Tipton had three hits for the Lady Shoes. Olivia Copple, Malea Helmink, Olivia Hemmen, and Chloe Hoene collected two, and CJ Apke and Mallory Bloemer had one.

Jersey Gaddis and Tipton pitched for T-Town. Gaddis threw four innings and allowed six hits, seven runs (six earned), and five walks to two strikeouts. Tipton threw three innings and allowed one walk to four strikeouts.

As for the Movin Maroons, Ella Kreke, Kinli Michl, Marli Michl, Lucie Jansen, Eva Meinhart, and Callie Faller collected one hit.

Newton 11, Cowden (C.-Herrick)/Beecher City 0

Newton defeated Cowden-Herrick/Beecher City, 11-0, at Jasper County Boys and Girls Park.

Allie Hermann and Audrie Reich had two hits for the Lady Eagles. Bailee Frichtl, Karly Deckard, Lexie Grove, Lilly Kessler, and Alisson Stanley collected one.

Avery Mulvey and Deckard both saw time in the circle for Newton. Mulvey threw two innings and had three strikeouts. Deckard threw three and allowed two hits, and had four strikeouts.

As for the Bobcats, Ryleigh Sarver and Lizah Bowlin collected one hit.


Sullivan 6, Altamont 0

Altamont fell to Sullivan, 6-0, at Altamont High School Baseball Field.

Kaden Wolff had the lone hit for the Indians.

Dyson Wagner and Wolff pitched for Altamont. Wagner allowed eight hits, five runs (four earned), and five walks to two strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Wolff allowed two hits, one earned run, and one walk to one strikeout over 2 2/3 innings.

Shelbyville 6, Cumberland 2

Cumberland fell to Shelbyville, 6-2, at Shelbyville High School Baseball Field.

Blake McMechan, Wyatt Watkins, and Maddox Miller collected one hit for the Pirates.

Miller and Zack Buescher pitched for Cumberland. Miller threw five innings, allowing three hits, three runs, and one walk to five strikeouts. Buescher threw one inning, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out one.

Brownstown/St. Elmo 10, Hillsboro 8

Brownstown/St. Elmo defeated Hillsboro, 10-8, at Brownstown High School Baseball Field.

Adam Atwood and Cade Schaub had one hit and two RBIs, Keelan Speagle had one hit and one RBI, Gavin Sanders had three, Josiah Maxey had two, and Collin Maxey and Corey Hoopingarner collected one for the Bombers.

Hoopingarner and Atwood pitched. Hoopingarner threw five innings, allowing three runs, five hits, and two walks to one strikeout. Atwood threw 1 2/3 innings and allowed one run, three hits, and one walk to three strikeouts.

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