Area High School Sports Roundup (March 31)

Ruffner, Austin participate at indoor meet

Vandalia sophomore Sierah Ruffner and junior Quenten Austin participated in the Class A Illinois Prep Top Times indoor meet last Friday.

Ruffner cleared 5 feet in the high jump to finish ninth.

Austin had a time of 8.49 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles to finish 17th. He was .07 of a second from making the finals.

They qualified for that meet through their marks at the Eastern Illinois University indoor meets.

Both Vandalia track teams were scheduled to run at Litchfield on Tuesday, but the meet was canceled because of cold weather conditions.

Pitts singles in game-winning run for South Central

Junior Bret Pitts' single in the bottom of the seventh inning drove in the winning run of South Central's 3-2 victory against Altamont on Monday.

The Indians had scored twice in the top of the inning to tie the game at two, but three walks and Pitts' hit gave the Cougars (2-0) the win.

Junior Colton Wilkins drove in a pair of runs, one in the first and one in the third.

Cole Armstrong, also a junior, scored twice and had two stolen bases.

Three other Cougars recorded hits.

Senior Derek Harmeier (2-0) pitched a complete game for South Central, showing strong command in allowing just six hits while striking out eight.

Three of Altamont's hits came in the top of the seventh.

AHS 0–0–0–0–0–0–2—2–6–2
SC 1–0–1–0–0–0–1—3–9–4
WP: Harmeier (7 IP)
LP: Delaney (1 IP)

St. Elmo improves to 6-3 with win against Noble

Five Eagles had at least two hits, and junior Ben Sperry struck out 10 batters as St. Elmo defeated Noble on Tuesday, 13-4.

Sperry was 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI, and notched his first win of the season on the mound by going five innings. He allowed two runs on three hits.

Senior Kase Stolte, junior Woodsen Savage, sophomore Connor Beasley and freshman Levi Maxey each had two hits.

Savage and Maxey both had two RBI.

SE 1-0-3-5-0-1-3—13-11-0
NHS 0-0-2-0-0-2-0—4-6-5
WP: Sperry (5 IP)
LP: Klinger (3 2/3 IP)

St. Elmo and Neoga battle for nine, but Eagles get the win

It was a wild game at Neoga last Thursday, as St. Elmo battled the hosts for nine innings to win, 5-4.
Neither team scored before the seventh, when both teams scored twice.

Sophomore Connor Beasley gave St. Elmo a brief lead in the top of the eighth with a home run, but Neoga answered the run in the bottom of the eighth.

In the ninth, junior Ben Sperry hit a two-run home run, and Neoga was able to get just one of those runs back.

Senior Kase Stolte was 2-for-4 at the plate and started for the Eagles.

He recorded 14 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings of work and allowed just three hits.

Beasley picked up the win in relief, pitching 2 1/3 innings and striking out four.

SE 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-1-2—5-8-5
NHS 0-0-0-0-0-0-2-1-1—4-6-1
WP: Beasley (2 1/3 IP)
LP: Pikowski (2 2/3 IP)

Ramsey softball splits its first two games of season

The Ramsey High School softball team started its season 1-1 last week, earning a win against Lincolnwood, but falling to Teutopolis in the season-opener.

Sophomore Jenna Hunt scored Ramsey's lone run against Teutopolis last Tuesday, and later had one of the team's two hits, a double in the seventh inning.

Taylor Knisley, a sophomore, pitched six innings for the Lady Rams, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits.

The Ramsey bats were a bit more alive last Wednesday, however, as the Lady Rams had 12 hits during a 7-2 win at Lincolnwood.

Hunt was 3-for-4 at the plate and scored twice, and junior Stevie Coats was 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI.

Knisley again pitched a complete game, striking out three and allowing two hits. Neither of the runs allowed were earned.

Lady Eagles, Cougars have slugfest

The St. Elmo and South Central High School softball teams battled to a 24-12 decision last Wednesday, with the Lady Eagles coming away with the win.

The teams combined for 29 hits and 15 errors in conditions that included steady winds of about 20 miles per hour.

St. Elmo scored in all seven innings, including an eight-run fourth.

Sophomores Megan Maxey and Savannah Feezel both had four hits. Feezel, who had a home run, and senior Brooke Maxey each had four RBI.

"This was a wild game," said coach Tom Fedrigon. "With the wind blowing steady at around 20 mph, and gusting much higher than that, it is a wonder anyone was able to catch a ball."

South Central scored five runs in the first and six in the third to hold an early lead.

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