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Already having had waited two weeks to finish a suspended game that began on Aug. 31, St. Elmo and Brownstown made sure that coming back to play last Wednesday was worth it.
Originally suspended in the sixth inning with the score tied at 6-6, it took three more innings before St. Elmo freshman Noah Flowers hit an RBI single to propel the Eagles to a 7-6 win.
Senior Connor Beasley struck out 17 from the hill, allowing the Bombers just seven hits over nine innings, and Brownstown junior Jacob Behrends was also very effective, striking out 13 batters over 8 1/3 innings.
It was the second time in his career that Beasley has struck out 17 – the other coming last fall against Patoka.
The Eagles’ school record is held by Logan Mahon, who had 18 during the 2006 season.
The win was an important one for the Eagles (6-4), as it kept them perfect in Egyptian-Illini Conference play (4-0) and helped assure them the top spot in this week’s tournament, which is being played in Vandalia.
Brownstown jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning, and eventually took a 6-2 lead in the top of the fifth.
But the Eagles rallied for four runs in the bottom of that frame to tie the game before driving downpours forced the suspension.
Dalton Parks had three hits – including two doubles – for the Eagles, and Beasley and Nick Bauer each had two RBI.
For the Bombers (4-8, 2-2 EIC), Duatin Lawson and Behrends each had two hits.
Wednesday, Sept. 12
St. Elmo 7
WP: Beasley (4-1); 9 IP, 17 K, 6 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 3 BB
LP: Behrends (2-2); 8 1/3 IP, 13 K, 6 R, 9 H, 0 BB
Eagles: Parks, 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI; Beasley, 2-for-5, 2 RBI; Flowers, 2-for-5, RBI; Bauer, 1-for-4, 2 RBI; Garrett Bartels, 1-for-4, RBI; Malachi Maxey, 1-for-4.
Bombers: Lawson, 2-for-4, 2B; Behrends, 2-for-5; Calvin Boggs, 1-for-2, 2B; Brock Oberlink, 1-for-4; Austin Hunter, 1-for-5.