The Clinton County League baseball playoffs have already proven to be entertaining with the best yet to come. The defending champion Bartelso Barts took down Trenton in their semifinal tilt on Sunday while Germantown needed extra innings to eliminate the Aviston Aces.
The League Championship Series is a best of three series with Bartelso hosting game one on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Bartelso has won four of the last five postseason titles while Germantown won their last title back in 1969.
Germantown 6, Aviston 4: The Reds won a thrilling 10-inning battle despite getting shut down by Ty Grotefendt.
Aviston committed four costly errors that resulted in four unearned runs for the Reds.
Grotefendt did his part for the Aces as he went all 10 innings and struck out a career-best 20 batters. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits and no walks in the loss.
Meanwhile, his counterpart, Gerry Haake was good as well as he went the first seven innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits, five walks and four strikeouts.
Kyle Eversgerd was the winning pitcher as he threw the final three frames and allowed one earned run on two hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
Germantown got things started in the top of the fourth inning with a single tally only to see the Aces respond with two of their own.
Germantown scored three times in the seventh inning and they held a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Aces responded with a single tally in the frame before getting the winning run thrown out at the plate to end the inning and force extra innings.
Alec Kuhl singled home Nick Balkenbusch with the eventual game-winning run in the top of the 10th inning. The Reds scored an insurance tally on a dropped fly ball later in the frame.
Balkenbusch had three of the Reds’ seven hits with two of them singles and then a double.
Kuhl was 1-for-5 with an RBI while Nolan Seelhoefer was 1-for-4 with a run scored and one run batted in.
Aviston got two hits each from Adam Richter and Kyle Schildroth in the loss. Brady Rakers and Schildroth each had two RBIs.
Bartelso 12, Trenton 7: The Miners showed their fight by coming back but eventually fell short on the road on Sunday.
The teams combined for 29 hits and 17 runners left on base.
Bartelso struck in the bottom of the first inning when they plated four runs on four hits with Jason Cobb having an RBI single and Kory Peppenhorst adding an RBI double.
After a sacrifice fly from Phil Kunz got the Miners on the board in the second inning, the Barts added three more tallies.
Travis Isaak had an RBI triple in the frame while Dusty Kantner had a RBI double. Cobb added another RBI single as they led 7-1.
Trenton’s Paul Ritzheimer doubled and scored on an RBI single from Kyle Emig in the third inning.
Cobb struck yet again in the bottom of the third inning when he launched a 2-run homer well over the left center field fence as Bartelso led 9-2.
Trenton sent eight hitters to the plate in the top of the fifth inning as they battled back with five runs in the frame.
Emig had an RBI single while Kyle Eversgerd chased two home with a single. Trenton trailed 9-7.
However, the Barts ended the comeback attempt when they scored three more times in the bottom of the frame. Kurt Peppenhorst had a 2-run single in the inning.
Tony Schaeffer went the distance for Bartelso as he earned the win where he allowed seven earned runs on 14 hits, one walk and seven strikeouts.
Ryan Meddows was the losing pitcher as he went the first seven innings and allowed 12 earned runs on 13 hits, four walks and three strikeouts.
Isaak led the Barts by going 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, a triple, three runs scored and one batted in.
Kantner was 4-for-5 with three singles, a double, four runs scored and one batted in.
Cobb was 3-for-4 with two singles, a homer, three runs scored and four runs batted in.
Alex Quitmeyer was 3-for-5 in the loss with three singles. Ritzheimer had two hits and two runs scored. Eversgerd had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.
A Belleville man has pleaded guilty per an open plea to all counts involving a string of car burglaries that occurred in Breese in June.
Devonte J. Phillips, 18, pleaded guilty, per an open plea, on Aug. 18 in Clinton County Circuit Court to 11 counts of Class 2 felony burglary, one count of Class 3 felony (attempted) burglary, and one Class 1 felony residential burglary.
In an open plea, the defendant pleads guilty without any sentencing assurances. A sentencing hearing has been slated for October in Phillips’ case.
According to court records on the residential burglary, on June 16, Phillips allegedly entered a residence on South Third Street in Breese with the intent to commit a theft.
With the additional burglary charges that were added, from June 12 to June 17, Phillips allegedly entered several motor vehicles with the intent to commit a theft.
Phillips was arrested in the early morning hours of June 17 along with a 17-year-old female juvenile from Breese.
Breese Police Chief Bob Fix said that the arrest came about 12:45 a.m. in the area of South Second Street in Breese when a “very observant resident noticed the suspects by her vehicle and called police.”
Two officers from Breese Police, two deputies from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and a Carlyle police officer formed a perimeter around the area and an officer observed a suspect trying to get away and arrested him.
According to the original 911 call, the caller reported that a black male dressed in black shorts and a black shirt had his hand on the back door of her vehicle.
The report indicated that the caller yelled at him and he took off walking with a white female eastbound down the alley from her residence. The white female had a backpack and her hair in a bun.
Fix said that the suspects went through or stole items from unlocked vehicles; there was no forced entry into the vehicles.
There were several items missing from the vehicles, including small change, cellphones and cellphone chargers, wallets and more.
It was reported that Phillips, along with the female juvenile, would often rummage through vehicles from about midnight to 4 a.m., even walking into a garage and stealing two bicycles.
Phillips is currently in the Clinton County Jail on $50,000 bond. His sentencing hearing has been set for Oct. 5 at 1 p.m.
A Carlyle woman is out on bond after charges of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to report an accident following a hit and run that seriously injured a Pocahontas man last Tuesday night in Madison County. Christy Cummins, 37, is out on bond after posting the 10 percent of the $70,000 bond following the Aug. 16 accident near the intersection of Baumann Road and Keyesport Road in rural Highland.
Cummins was driving her vehicle at approximately 11:30 p.m. last Tuesday, Aug. 16 when she struck 31-year-old Josh Doerr of Pocahontas.
Doerr was sitting on his parked motorcycle when it was allegedly hit by Cummins’ vehicle. Doerr was stopped on the roadway talking to a relative.
Following the crash, Cummins allegedly left the scene, however, her license plate had knocked off her vehicle after the alleged crash and that was how authorities were able to find her.
Cummins was arrested shortly after the incident in Clinton County and has been charged in Madison County Circuit Court with aggravated driving while under the influence of alcohol and failure to report an accident involving an injury.
Doerr received numerous injuries and was airlifted to a St. Louis hospital. A Facebook page, Our Love of Josh, has been created for updates on his condition.
This is not the first time Cummins was caught drinking and driving.
In 2012, Cummins was charged in Clinton County with driving under the influence of alcohol. She plead guilty to the charge and was placed on one year court supervision.
Cummins has since pleaded not guilty to the new charges. A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 2 at 9 a.m. at the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville.
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