Effingham Junior High Softball Claims Third at State


Published on September 24 2016 7:27 pm
Last Updated on September 26 2016 7:38 am
Written by Matt Robinson

The Effingham Mustangs came from behind against Stanford Olympia to claim third place in State AA Girls softball.

Trailing after the first innning 4-2 and 6-3 after the second, the Mustangs scored a run in the third and took a 7-6 lead with three runs in the fifth inning. Each team scored a run in the sixth but that was all the scoring as Effingham held on for the 8-7 win. The third place trophy is the best finish in softball for Effingham Jr. High.

McKenzie Wittenberg had three singles while Krysta Dasenbrock had a single, double and drove in a run for the Mustangs. Bella Kronewitter had two singles, Grace Bushur had a single and two RBI and Jaidi Davis a double.

Davis picked up the pitching win on a seven-hitter with seven strikeouts and no walks.

The Mustangs were in the third place game after falling in semifinal play to Ottawa Shepherd 2-0 earlier in the day. Ottawa scored a run in the second inning and another in the fifth to earn the win.

The Mustangs' Davis had the lone hit of the game, a single. Ottawa's Abbi Bukantis threw the one-hitter with no walks and 13 strikeouts.

Effingham finished a great season with a record of 18 wins and 4 losses.

Ottawa lost in the championship game to Frankfort Hickory Creek 2-0.

State Tournament

At Champaign Fields, Normal

Game Six

Ottawa Shepherd            010    010    0    --    2-3-3

Effingham                        000    000    0    --    0-1-1

WP -- Bukantis. LP -- Davis.

Ottawa Shepherd -- Claus, single, double; Carlson, single, 1 RBI

Effingham -- Davis, single

Third Place Game

Effingham                       211    031    0    --    8-12-4

Stanford Olympia           420    001    0    --    7-  9-4

WP -- Davis. LP -- Scroggins.

Effingham -- Kronewitter, 2 singles; Dunston, single, 1 RBI; Bushur, single, 2 RBI; Davis, double; Dasenbrock, single, double, 1 RBI; Wittenberg, 3 singles; Rothrock, single; Stone, single

Stanford Olympia -- Elgin, single; Morrow, single; Scroggins, 3 singles; Turner, single, 1 RBI; Maris, 3 singles, 3 RBI