Around the diamond: Saukees stay perfect, Raiders back sophomore righty, Shaffer mows down Tigers


Pittsfield's Konner Allen struck out five in two hitless, scoreless innings of relief against Brown County on Wednesday in Pittsfield, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

PITTSFIELD, Ill. — Three Pittsfield pitchers limited the Brown County baseball team to two hits and the Saukees used a four-run third inning to catapult themselves to a 7-1 victory to improve to 5-0 and highlight Wednesday’s action across the area.

Pittsfield’s Draven Puterbaugh allowed one unearned run and two hits over the first four innings with five strikeouts and no walks. Konner Allen struck out five of the six batters he faced in two innings of relief, and Kyle Bradshaw struck out one in a single inning of relief.

Trailing 1-0 going to the third inning, three of Pittsfield’s first four batters walked and Tim Hull scored on a balk to tie the game. Justin Pennock followed with a two-out, two-run double, and Allen added an RBI single.

Luke Archer had two of the Saukees’ six hits against three Hornets’ pitchers. 

Quincy Notre Dame 12, Highland (Mo.) 2

QUINCY — Right-handers Brodie Howe and Noah Lunt combined to allow just two hits and watched the Quincy Notre Dame offense score in each of the final five innings to earn the Raiders’ second victory at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield.

Gavin Doellman went 3 for 4 with a double, a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored for the Raiders, while Logan Sutton went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Mendon Unity 8, Beardstown 1

MENDON, Ill. — Simon Rabe went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and Sawyer Allen went 2 for 3 with three RBIs as Unity won for the third time in its last four games. The Mustangs collected seven singles and gave themselves some breathing room with a four-run sixth inning.

Cody Shaffer allowed just two hits over six innings, while striking out 12 and walking three to earn the victory for the Mustangs.

Hannibal 11, Elsberry 0

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Right-hander Ryan Ross threw five shutout innings and Colton Dryden went 3 for 3 as Hannibal won for the fourth time in its last five games with the victory at Veterans Field.

Ross struck out three, walked two and allowed seven hits, while the defense turned a double play in the first inning and catcher Waylon Anders threw out a would-be base stealer in the fifth inning. The Pirates (4-4) scored nine runs in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by Anders’ two-run double and Dryden singling twice in the frame. 

Illini West 9, Rushville-Industry 8

RUSHVILLE, Ill. — A four-run sixth inning gave Illini West enough of a cushion to withstand Rushville-Industry’s seventh-inning rally. The Rockets scored four runs in the bottom of the final frame and had the tying run at third base when the Chargers’ Ethan Carlisle entered in relief and struck out the only batter he faced to end the game.

The Chargers scored in five of the first six innings, taking the lead in the top of the third on Wesley Robertson’s groundout and getting RBI singles from Robertson, Carlisle and Carter Chapin in the sixth.

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