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St. Elmo falls to Beecher for EIC fall baseball crown

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By Andrew Harner

After stroking at least 10 hits in the first two games of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament, St. Elmo’s bats were shut down by top-seeded Beecher City’s Austin Miley during a 15-5 loss in the championship game last Thursday.

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Miley struck out eight Eagles in a six-inning, complete game effort, allowing only Ben Sperry, Connor Beasley and Woodsen Savage a total of four singles in the game.

“You have to give Beecher City a lot of credit,” said coach Ryan Beccue. “Offensively, it wasn’t necessarily a bad game for us, but we didn’t throw enough strikes.”

Beecher City, which fills its roster using a co-op with Cowden-Herrick, strung together three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

The third-seeded Eagles came back in the top of the third with three runs of their own. Had the team not allowed Beecher City to regain its lead in the bottom of the frame, Beccue said the outcome may have been more favorable.

“If we come back out and throw strikes, we’d be OK,” Beccue said. “But if you don’t throw strikes, it’s hard to hold a lead.”

The Eagles allowed at least two runs in each of the last three innings while only scoring twice more themselves.

Kase Stolte took the loss for St. Elmo.

Despite falling short, Beccue said there is one big reason to be satisfied with the team’s performance during the tournament, which included an opening-round, 15-2 win against Ramsey and a 5-3 upset of Brownstown in the semifinals.

“We bettered our seed,” Beccue said. “We came in as a three seed and made it to the championship.”

Other games

Tuesday, Sept. 28
vs. Neoga

Neoga shut out St. Elmo 12-0 on Tuesday.

Blaine Scholes led the way for the Eagles, going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Monday, Sept. 27
vs. Ramsey

St. Elmo scored 14 runs in the fourth inning en route to a 22-3 victory against Ramsey on Monday.

Sperry was 3-for-3 at the plate with two home runs, Scholes hit a home run and had three RBIs, and Beasley was 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs.

Willie Magnus picked up the win for the Eagles, and Luke Webb took the loss for Ramsey.

Friday, Sept. 24
At Webber Township

St. Elmo was defeated by Webber Township 6-1 on Friday.

Stolte and Sperry were each 2-for-3 in the game, with Sperry hitting two singles and Stolte hitting two doubles.

Beasley took the loss for St. Elmo, pitching a complete game and striking out three.