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SATURDAY PREP ROUNDUP: St. Anthony baseball takes down Mater Dei behind strong showing from Lauritzen

Mar. 19—EFFINGHAM — A "hard to kill offense" is how St. Anthony head baseball coach Tony Kreke describes his team this year.

"We want to coin the phrase, 'Hard to kill offense,' an offense that will travel with us in whatever conditions you might be playing in," Kreke said. "If you're playing in a short box, we know we have some guys who can hit it, but we also have some who can play the short game."

That was the case in the Bulldogs' 5-2 win over Breese (Mater Dei) on Saturday at Paul Smith Field.

St. Anthony (1-0-1) did not hit for extra bases in the contest, and though nearly everyone in the lineup can, they used small ball to get the job done.

Brady Hatton started the scoring with an RBI single in the first. He then scored in the fourth after Ryan Schmidt hit a ground ball to third base before an error allowed Hatton to score.

Aiden Lauritzen then drew a bases-loaded free pass in the same frame to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead.

Will Fearday then played another run in the sixth on an RBI single. He later scored after Lauritzen laid down a perfectly placed bunt to make the final tally.

Lauritzen finished the game with two RBIs and one hit in three tries.

"You know you'll get a very mature at-bat from him," Kreke said. "You can call it a professional at-bat. He knows the strike zone well, and now, he's added another element to his game — he can do some short game."

Lauritzen also started the game on the mound and allowed two hits, one earned run, and two walks to four strikeouts in four innings.

"He commands the zone and forces you to put the ball in play, but he's also got some pitches and can carve you up," Kreke said.

Joseph Tegeler finished the game for St. A, allowing two hits and one walk to four strikeouts in the final three frames.

"I'm thrilled with what I saw from Joseph Tegeler," Kreke said. "He pitched effectively for a guy to come in and close the door there."

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Below are other scores from around the area.

SOFTBALL

Dieterich 16, Arcola 8

Dieterich defeated Arcola, 16-5, in Douglas County.

Ella Kreke had five hits. Kinli Michl had three, Estella Meinhart, Cassidy Goebel, Lucie Jansen, Callie Faller, Sammi Goebel, and Kinley Will had two, and Eva Meinhart, Ruby Westendorf, and Carly Funneman had one for Dieterich (2-3)

Will, Faller, and Kreke pitched. Will allowed one hit, two runs (one earned), and four walks to three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Faller allowed one hit, three runs (two earned), and six walks to three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings, and Kreke allowed seven hits, three runs, and four walks to eight strikeouts in four innings.

BOYS TENNIS

Highland 3, St. Anthony 2

St. Anthony fell to Highland in a match a part of the Troy (Triad) Invitational, 3-2.

In singles matches, Manaye Mossman (STA) lost to Grant Fleming (H) 6-4, 6-7, 8-10. Collin Westendorf (STA) lost to Bryant Smith (H) 2-6, 3-6.

In doubles matches, Evan Mossman and Joey Trupiano (STA) lost to Will Lindsco and Jack Meyer (H) 2-6, 3-6. Connor Eggars and Jackson Schultz (STA) defeated Breckin Box and Parker Scholl (H) 6-7, 6-7, 11-9, and Charlie Wegman and Alec Hakman (STA) beat Jackson Cline and Rex Holthaus (H) 7-6, 1-6, 4-10.

St. Anthony 3, Geneseo 2

St. Anthony defeated Geneseo by a score of 3-2.

In singles matches, Manaye Mossman defeated Dru Curcuru (G) 6-0, 6-1. Evan Mossman beat Jordan Ramirez (G) 6-2, 6-0.

In doubles matches, Westendorf and Trupiano lost to Sam Mosbarger and Jacob Nelson (G) 6-2, 2-6, 4-10. Eggars and Schultz lost to Ben Robinson and Eric States (G) 6-2, 0-6, 4-10, and Wegman and Hakman beat Chris Hull and Brady Hammer (G) 6-0, 6-1.

St. Anthony 3, New Lenox (Lincoln-Way Central) 2

St. Anthony defeated New Lenox (Lincoln-Way Central) by a score of 3-2.

In singles matches, Evan Mossman lost to Zach Paris (LWC) 6-1, 1-6, 10-12. Trupiano defeated Kyle Mostello (LWC) 3-6, 6-2, 10-7.

In doubles matches, Manaye Mossman and Westendorf beat Trevor Braico and Jon Davis (LWC) 7-5, 6-2. Eggars and Schultz lost to Ryan Jabaay and Dan Vanisko (LWC) 2-6, 1-6, and Wegman and Hakman beat Grant Trevarthan and Phil Juarez (LWC) 6-4, 6-1.

Teutopolis 5, Belleville (West) 0

Teutopolis defeated Belleville (West) by a score of 5-0.

In singles matches, Kolten Tabbert (T) defeated McKinley Launciault (BW) 6-0, 6-0, and Colin Habing (T) defeated Bryce Sansocie (BW) 6-0, 6-0.

In doubles matches, Josh Habing and Will Lewis (T) defeated Landon Kinder and Jay Naylor (BW) 4-6, 6-4, 10-1. Oliver Lee and Noah Thompson (T) defeated Dilan Patel and Eli Orchard (BW) 6-2, 6-0, and Carter Davidson and Myles Stortzum (T) beat Keller Schmidt and Trans Muskopf (BW) 6-0, 6-0.

Dunlap 5, Teutopolis 0

Teutopolis fell to Dunlap by a score of 5-0.

In singles matches, Josh Habing fell to Josh Fei (D) 0-6, 0-6. Paul Huber (T) lost to Timothy Liu (D) 3-6, 0-6.

In doubles matches, Tabbert and Colin Habing lost to Shaan Kashyap and Ethan McRaven (D) 6-2, 5-7, 7-10. Lee and Thompson lost to Andrew Choy and Noah Li (D) 2-6, 1-6, and Davidson and Stortzum lost to William Song and Ethan Klemens (D) 1-6, 6-7.

Belleville (East) 4, Teutopolis 1

Teutopolis fell to Belleville (East) by a score of 4-1.

In singles matches, Tabbert lost to Ethan Moeller (BE) 1-6, 2-6. Colin Habing beat Lane Stelling (BE) 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles matches, Lee and Thompson lost to Mason Ballard and Donovan O'Keefe (BE) 2-6, 5-7. Lewis and Josh Habing lost to Vikram Kondagunta and Robert Bleich (BE) 3-6, 3-6, and Davidson and Stortzum lost to Kevin Mackeen and Marshall Harris (BE) 4-6, 3-6.

BASEBALL

Bethalto (Civic Memorial) 8, Teutopolis 7

Teutopolis fell to Bethalto (Civic Memorial) in a game a part of the Metro East Kickoff Classic, 8-7.

Davin Worman and Dawson Hoene had two hits, and Garrett Gaddis, Mick Niebrugge, Evan Waldhoff, Austin Borries, Logan Lawson, Mitch Koester, and Joey Niebrugge had one for the Wooden Shoes (1-2).

Borries and Lawson pitched for T-Town. Borries allowed nine hits, eight runs, and one walk to three strikeouts in four innings. Lawson allowed one hit and one walk to one strikeout in two innings.

Belleville (Althoff Catholic) 2, Teutopolis 1

Teutopolis fell to Belleville (Althoff Catholic), 2-1.

Mick Niebrugge and Koester had two hits. Hoene and Worman had one for the Wooden Shoes (1-1).

Waldhoff and Joey Niebrugge pitched for Teutopolis. Waldhoff threw five innings, allowing four hits and one run with seven strikeouts. Niebrugge threw one inning, allowing one hit, one unearned run, and one walk.

Carlyle 3, Altamont 2

Altamont fell to Carlyle, 3-2, at Altamont High School Baseball Field.

Blake Berg had two hits. Keegan Schultz, Brayden Elam, and Parker Bell had one for the Indians (1-2).

Schultz pitched, allowing three hits, three runs (one earned), and three walks to five strikeouts over seven innings.

Neoga 16, Moweaqua (Central A&M) 5

Neoga defeated Central A&M, 16-5, in Shelby County.

Cayden Hakman collected four hits. Matt Propst and Trey Sheehan had three. Colin Blazich had two, and Riley Durdel, Brock Lanham, Landon Titus, Josiah Gentry, and Keaton Lacy had one for the Indians (1-2).

Blazich, Sheehan, Micah Staszak, Gentry, and Durdel pitched for Neoga. Blazich had three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Sheehan had one strikeout in 2/3 of an inning. Staszak allowed two hits, three runs, and one walk to one strikeout in one inning. Gentry allowed three hits, two runs, and one walk to one strikeout in one inning, and Durdel allowed one hit with two strikeouts in one inning.

Newton 4, Rock Island (H.S.) 2

Newton defeated Rock Island, 4-2, at the Jacksonville Round Robin.

David Ferguson, Isaac Flowers, and Drake Wolf had two hits, and Dylan Gier and Dexter Fulton had one for the Eagles (5-1).

Wolf, Flowers, and Hayden Mulvey pitched for Newton. Wolf pitched three innings, allowing one hit, one unearned run, and two walks to three strikeouts. Flowers pitched two innings, allowing one hit, one unearned run, and two walks to two strikeouts, and Mulvey threw 1 2/3 innings, allowing one walk.

Alton (Marquette) 8, Newton 1

Newton fell to Alton (Marquette), 8-1.

Gus Bierman had two hits, and Ferguson, Flowers, Payton Harris, and Gier had one for the Eagles (4-1).

Carson Barthelme pitched and allowed seven hits and eight runs (two earned) with one strikeout over seven innings.

Olney (Richland County) 6, Louisville (North Clay) 3

North Clay fell to Richland County, 6-3, at North Clay High School Baseball Field.

Cayden Craig and Ben Czyewski each collected two hits, and Ian Jones, Jesse Weidner, Carder Walden, and Trenton Ingram had one for the Cardinals (1-2).

Ian Jones, Jack Compton, and Ayden Jones pitched for North Clay. Ian Jones allowed five hits, three runs, and one walk to six strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings. Compton allowed two hits, three runs (one earned), and three walks to six strikeouts, and Ayden Jones allowed one walk to one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings.

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