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Top-seeded St. Elmo got 17 strikeouts from junior Connor Beasley and held Patoka to just one hit during the championship game of the Egyptian-Illini Conference Tournament last Friday at Vandalia High School.
Senior Woodsen Savage paced the offense, which had just four hits and took advantage of six Patoka errors, with a pair of RBI singles during the 8-0 win.
"Winning the EIC is always a goal of ours, so we are definitely happy to cross that one off the list," said coach Ryan Beccue on Monday. " Now we need to finish off the regular season at Ramsey (which the Eagles did, 24-5), and then turn our attention to the (National Trail Conference)."
The NTC Tournament begins on Friday.
Against No. 2 Patoka, St. Elmo started the game strong, scoring twice in the first inning and once in the second.
After that, however, Warriors starter Clinton Hood settled down and shut down the Eagles until the sixth inning.
Beasley, who earned his first win of the fall season in the game, was doing the same, though.
"It all started with Connor on the mound," Beccue said. "He threw the ball really well and kept them off balance all night long.
"It was big for us having him going like that, because after we got three quick runs, their pitcher kind of settled in until we got to them in that big sixth inning."
St. Elmo scored five times in that frame to take the 8-0 lead.
Junior Garrett Bartels and sophomore Dalton Parks each had RBI singles during the game.
WP: Beasley (1-3); 7 IP, 17 strikeouts
LP: Hood; 6 IP, four strikeouts
Offense: Savage, SEHS, 2-for-3, 3 RBI; Bartels, SEHS, 1-for-3, RBI; Parks, SEHS, 1-for-3, RBI; Brandon Budds, PHS, 1-for-2.
Last Wednesday, St. Elmo got a scare from No. 5 Beecher City during the semifinals, winning a tight game, 10-9.
Beecher City scored five times in the top of the third inning, chasing starter Levi Maxey, a sophomore, from the game and opening up a 7-3 lead.
St. Elmo rallied back in the bottom of the frame, however, also scoring five runs. The Eagles were powered by RBI doubles by Beasley and Parks, and RBI singles by Maxey and freshman Bryce Paslay.
St. Elmo added one run in each the fourth and fifth innings, with Bartels driving home Savage on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and senior Blaine Scholes scoring on an error in the fifth.
Beecher City added a pair of runs in the sixth inning, but senior Ben Sperry, who got the win, struck out the final batters of the inning to leave the bases loaded.
Beasley came on for the save in the seventh, and again Beecher City left the bases loaded.
WP: Sperry (5-2); 3 1/3 IP, five strikeouts
SV: Beasley (2); 1 IP, one strikeout
Offense: Parks, 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, RBI, run, SB; Beasley, 2-for-3, 2B, 2 runs, RBI; Savage, 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Sperry, 2 runs, SB; Scholes, 1-for-3, 3B, SB, run; Maxey, 2-for-3, RBI, run, SB; Bartels, 1-for-3, RBI, run, SB; Paslay, 1-for-4, RBI, SB.
In other EIC Tournament action, fifth-seeded Beecher City defeated No. 6 Mulberry Grove, 9-6, in the third-place game.
In Wednesday's semifinals, Patoka defeated Mulberry Grove, 8-7, to advance to the title game.
In the consolation game at Brownstown on Wednesday, the third-seeded Bombers defeated No. 4 Ramsey, 13-3.
Other St. Elmo baseball action from the past week.
Monday, Sept. 26
St. Elmo 24
WP: Willie Magnus (2-0); 3 IP, three strikeouts
LP: Tristan Wesselman
Offense: Levi Maxey, SEHS, 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI; Blaine Scholes, SEHS, 4-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI; Woodsen Savage, SEHS, 2-for-4, 3 RBI; Connor Beasley, SEHS, 1-for-4, 3B, RBI; Ben Sperry, SEHS, 1-for-1, 2 RBI; Garret Bartels, SEHS, 1-for-3, 2 RBI; Dalton Parks, SEHS, 1-for-3, 3 RBI; Bryce Paslay, SEHS 1-for-4, 3 RBI; Magnus, RBI; Nick Bauer, SEHS, 2B; Ryan Black, RHS, 2-for-3, 2 2B; Tylor Knisley, RHS, 1-for-2; Will Strobel, 1-for-2, 2B.
SEHS Record: 11-6
Saturday, Sept. 24
at O'Fallon, Mo., Showcase
Putnam County 12
St. Elmo 2
LP: Sperry (5-3); 2 IP, three strikeouts
Offense: Beasley, 2B, RBI; Savage, 1-for-2, RBI.