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7/14/2014 5:14:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
County BR 15s heading to Wisconsin
MATTOON - A long weekend of baseball resulted in the Lawrence County 15 and under Babe Ruth team winning the Southern Illinois Tournament and advancing to the Ohio Valley Region Tournament in Marinette, Wisconsin.

The county squad will take on Ohio at 6 p.m. July 24, then West Virginia at 10:30 a.m. July 25, and then Northern Indiana at 6 p.m. July 25. The single-elimination portion of the 12-team tournament will begin on July 26.

It took timely hitting and a lot of pitching for the Lawrence County team to win four of five games in the double-elimination affair at Grimes Field in Peterson Park.

Four pitchers divided up the work as Lawrence County defeated Mattoon 14-0 on Friday night. On Saturday, the locals fell 6-3 to Crawford County before bouncing back to blank Wabash County 8-0.

To win the tournament, Lawrence County had to defeat an unbeaten Crawford County team twice, which they did - 14-13 in the first game and then 4-3 in 10 innings in the second championship game.

Lawrence County used four pitchers on Sunday with three of them pitching in each game.

"We had one or two more pitchers than they had," Lawrenceville coach Tad Shick said, noting his club played 17 innings on Sunday alone.

Lawrence County played more than 40 innings during the three days.

Cody Steffey was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player as well as the MVP for Lawrence County in the first game Saturday.

Dalton Sholders was named Lawrence County's MVP of the Friday game with Jesse Cancino getting the nod in the second game Saturday. Chase Shick was MVP of the first game Sunday and Clay Goodwin took home MVP honors during the final Sunday game.

Friday's game

Lawrence County 14,

Mattoon 0

Cody Steffey tossed four innings of shutout baseball and added a triple and two singles at the plate as Lawrence County cruised past the host club in the opener.

Game MVP Dalton Sholders also tripled and stroked two singles. Both Sholders and Steffey drove in two runs with Sholders scoring four times.

Oliver Large had a triple and a single and drove in a run while Grant Gaither had two singles and drove home two runners. Jesse Cancino doubled with Chase Shick and Jacob Seed each getting a single and driving in two runs. Clay Goodwin and Jordan Lockhart each singled for the winners.

Saturday's games

Crawford County 6

Lawrence County 3

Lawrence County had seven hits, but it wasn't enough against neighboring Crawford County.

Steffey had two singles while Shick, Sholders, Gaiather and Bryce Winningham each singled. Shick and Sholders had RBIs.

Oliver Large had the team's only extra-base hit, a triple.

Clay Goodwin pitched five innings for Lawrence County, giving up just two runs.

Lawrence County 8

Wabash County 0

Cancino pitched five inning and got the win and Steffey doubled, singled twice, drove in a run and scored three times.

Gaither had an RBI single for the winners while Winningham singled and scored twice Large and Shick both drove home runs for Lawrence County.

Sunday's games


Lawrence County 14,

Crawford County 13

Shick drove in four runs with two singles and scored twice while Sholders added two hits, drove in two and scored twice to lead Lawrence County.

Gaither singled twice, drove in a run and scored three times with Kameron Vinsel getting two hits and scoring a run. Steffey tripled and drove in two while Seed and Winningham each singled and had two RBIs. Large singled, drove in a run and scored twice. Goodwin had a single and scored two runs.

Steffey pitched four innings, Goodwin one and Cancino two for Lawrence County.

Championship #2

Lawrence County 4,

Crawford County 3

In the 10-inning final championship game, Cancino pitched four innings, Steffey three, Goodwin one and Vinsel the final two, getting credit for the win.

Lawrence County had 13 hits in the finale.

Shick delivered the game-winning RBI in the 10th inning, stroking two singles along the way. Goodwin and Seed each had three singles in the game with Seed getting an RBI.

Sholders tripled and singled while Large had an RBI single, Steffey singled and Winningham had a hit.


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