EFFINGHAM- Both Brownstown/St. Elmo and South Central advanced in the quarterfinals of the National Trail Conference tournament Tuesday evening.
Number-seven seed BSE was able to knock off No. 2 seed Windsor/Stew-Stras, 9-3, behind a complete-game effort by Noah Flowers, who allowed three runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out two.
The Bombers bats came alive in the top of third, batting through the order and scoring five runs, with RBI's coming from Landon Feezel, Flowers, and Lewis Brown, who had two hits in the inning.
BSE added three insurance runs in the fifth and one more in the seventh, while playing some of its best defense of the season, comitting only one error.
WSS wasn't able to strike until the bottom of the seventh, rallying for three runs which was just too little, too late.
" It was nice to see us all play offense at the same time and defensively, we didn’t have that one bad inning that has hurt us in our losses," BSE head coach Ryan Beccue said.
BSE 0-0-5-0-3-0-1 9–11–1
WSS 0-0-0-0-0-0-3 3–8–3
WP: Noah Flowers 7 IP, 3R, 8H, 2K, 3BB
LP: Josh Overbeck 2 IP, 4R, 5H, 1K, 3BB
BSE: Lewis Brown 2 for 3, RBI; Cole Horner 2 for 5; Landon Feezel 2 for 4, 2B, 2 RBI; Noah Flowers 2 for 4, 3 RBI; Isaac Maxey 1 for 2; Rocky Himes 1 for 4, 2B; Dalton Denton 1 for 4, RBI
In other NTC tournament action, No. 5 seed South Central outlasted North Clay, winning 6-3 in 12 innings.
South Central was able to pick up a 3-0 lead with one run in the first and two in the fourth, but North Clay answered with three of its own in the bottom of the fifth.
South Central starting pitcher Gavin Ratermann was able to log eight innings of work, allowing three runs on eight hits, while striking out 15 and walking two. Trent Geiler relieved him in the ninth inning as he closed out the ball game, allowing only one hit over four innings.
It wasn't until the top of the 12th inning that the 3-3 tie would be broken. South Central's Dre Hill singled with two outs to score Brett Harmeier. A Trevor Markley double and Ryan Matheny single plated two more runs as the Cougars were able to hold on to win 6-3.
SC 1-0-0-2-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-3 9–11–1
NC 0-0-0-0-3-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 3–8–3
WP: Trent Geiler 4 IP, 1H, 5K, 5BB
LP: Warren 4 IP, 3R, 5H, 3K, 1BB
SC: Dre Hill 2 for 5, RBI; Trevor Markley 2 for 5, 2 RBI; Trent Geiler, 2B, RBI; Brett Harmeier 2 for 6, 3B; Ryan McCown 1 for 5. RBI; Ryan Matheny 1 for 6, RBI