Chargers’ Robertson receives Class 2A all-state honors after record-setting baseball season

Illini West sophomore Wesley Robertson was named to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 2A all-state team. | Matt Schuckman photo

CARTHAGE, Ill. — A record-setting season earned Wesley Robertson an all-state accolade. The Illini West sophomore third baseman/pitcher was one of 24 players named to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 2A all-state team and one of just two sophomores to make the list. The IHSBCA names only one all-state team per class.…

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Irish right-hander takes steam out of Chargers’ attack in Class 2A sectional championship

Illini West right-hander Ethan Carlisle allowed only two hits over six innings in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Peoria Notre Dame in the Class 2A Chillicothe IVC Sectional championship in Chillicothe, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

CHILLICOTHE, Ill. — Jack Livengood did what no one else could. The Peoria Notre Dame junior right-hander quieted the Illini West baseball team’s attack. Livengood retired the Chargers in order the first time through the lineup, didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning and authored a three-hit shutout in Saturday’s Class 2A Chillicothe IVC…

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Redbirds capitalize on free bases in knocking Blue Devils out in regional semifinals

Quincy High School left fielder Tykell Hammers had three hits and drove in two runs in the Blue Devils' 11-7 loss to Alton on Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 4A Alton Regional. | Matt Schuckman photo

ALTON, Ill. — The Quincy High School baseball team erased a three-run deficit once. Doing it twice was asking too much, especially when giving away free bases. Trailing Alton 3-0 after two innings in Thursday’s Class 4A Alton Regional semifinal, the Blue Devils rallied to take a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the…

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Chargers apply pressure to Rockets’ defense, create sectional title game showdown with Irish

Illini West's Wesley Robertson threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief in Wednesday's 11-2 victory over Rockridge in the Class 2A Chillicothe IVC Sectional semifinals, while also going 2 for 5 with two runs scored. | Matt Schuckman photo

CHILLICOTHE, Ill. — Sometimes putting the ball in play is enough to get the job done. The Illini West baseball players took that approach to heart. The Chargers continually applied pressure to Rockridge’s defense during Wednesday’s Class 2A Chillicothe IVC Sectional semifinal, using a mix of hard ground balls, solid liners and strategically timed bunts…

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‘I wasn’t really nervous’: Carlisle’s strong outing helps Chargers win regional title

The Illini West baseball team celebrates winning the Class 2A regional championship Saturday with a 5-0 victory over Macomb at Jake Burling Field in Carthage, Ill. | Photo courtesy Andrea Ratermann

CARTHAGE, Ill. — Ethan Carlisle is only a sophomore, but he had the composure of a veteran on Saturday. Carlisle tossed six shutout innings as the Illini West baseball team defeated Macomb 5-0 to capture the Class 2A Illini West Regional title at Jake Burling Field. Carlisle’s poise was put to the test in the…

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One for the road: Cougars beat Mustangs for regional title, send seniors on class trip in style

Winchester West Central right-hander Anthony Hance gets the signal from catcher Mason Berry during the seventh inning of Saturday's Class 1A Liberty Regional championship game against Mendon Unity in Liberty, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

LIBERTY, Ill. — A freshman pitcher’s poise and presence is going to allow the seniors on the Winchester West Central baseball team to thoroughly enjoy the road trip that lies ahead. It should enable Grant DeWitt to have a more casual drive, too. Right-hander Anthony Hance wriggled out of a sixth-inning with a five-run lead…

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Cyclones walk off with victory over Saukees after scoring twice in seventh of regional title game

PITTSFIELD, Ill. — The start was nearly perfect. The ending proved imperfect. After Pittsfield senior first baseman Brennan Tomhave launched a one-out home run to center field in the top of the first inning Saturday, Saukees right-hander Konner Allen retired Sacred Heart-Griffin without trouble in the bottom of the frame. However, the lead didn’t last.…

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Bruns finishes what he starts, guiding Chargers to regional semifinal victory in eight innings

Illini West's Nick Bruns drove in two insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning Thursday and then finished off a complete-game pitching effort in the Chargers' 4-1 victory over Eureka in the Class 2A Illini West Regional in Carthage, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

CARTHAGE, Ill. — Illini West baseball coach Zack Burling told left-handed starter Nick Bruns he was only going to face Eureka’s leadoff hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday before the Chargers went to the bullpen. “I just begged him to let me try to finish this game,” Bruns said. “And he did.…

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Mustangs manufacture five-inning victory over Eagles to reach Class 1A regional title game

Mendon Unity senior Cody Shaffer collected two hits and threw four innings with seven strikeouts in Wednesday's 11-1 victory over Liberty in the Class 1A regional semifinals at Liberty, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

LIBERTY, Ill. — Patience, persistence and pitching have put the Mendon Unity baseball team on the verge of both a 20-win season and the program’s first regional title in more than 30 years. The second-seeded Mustangs took advantage of 10 free bases, broke through to take the lead in the third inning and finished off…

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Pitchers’ duel ends with Cyclones ending Raiders’ season in Class 2A regional semifinals

Quincy Notre Dame junior right-hander Abram Wiewel took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of Wednesday's Class 2A regional semifinal loss to Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin. | Matt Schuckman photo

PITTSFIELD, Ill. — One swing changed everything. Quincy Notre Dame right-hander Abram Wiewel held the second-seeded Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin baseball team hitless for a 4 ⅓ innings Wednesday in the semifinals of the Class 2A Pittsfield Regional. Then SHG designated hitter Gage Luttrell blasted a one-ball, one-strike pitch to center field for a solo home…

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Wiewel drives in seven runs in first three innings, powers QND to victory in regional opener

Quincy Notre Dame third baseman Abram Wiewel went 3 for 4 with two doubles, a triple and seven RBIs in Monday's 10-4 victory over Beardstown in the Class 2A Pittsfield Regional opener. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Abram Wiewel, Evan Kenning and the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team are trying to rekindle some postseason magic. Monday was a good start. The Raiders used seven RBIs from Wiewel and five solid innings from Kenning to dispatch Beardstown 10-4 at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield and advance to Wednesday’s semifinals of the…

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‘It gives me goosebumps every time I think about it’: Ertz on verge of breaking Payson hits record

Payson Seymour center fielder Ashton Ertz has tied the program's career hits record held by former professional ballplayer Josh Cook. | Shane Hulsey photo

PAYSON, Ill. — Ashton Ertz and Josh Cook share more than just a record. Ertz, a senior center fielder for the Payson Seymour baseball team, has 86 career hits. This mark puts him in a tie with Cook, a 1993 Payson Seymour graduate who spent time in the Houston Astros and New York Mets farm…

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Missed opportunities cost Pirates in extra-inning loss to Hawks

Hannibal's Waylon Anders connects for a hit during Friday's game against Hillsboro at the Veterans Sports Complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Shane Hulsey photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — No baseball team in Hannibal High School history has ever won 20 games in a season. That will remain the case for at least one more day. The Pirates had a chance to become the first team to reach the 20-victory plateau Friday, but Hillsboro edged out them 2-1 in eight innings…

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Four-run frame enables Mustangs to build some momentum ahead of regional play

Mendon Unity's Ben McClelland lets a high pitch go by during Thursday's game against Camp Point Central. The Mustangs won a 6-2, rain-shortened game in Camp Point, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

CAMP POINT, Ill. — Carter Reeves did exactly what Mendon Unity baseball coach Tyler McAllister has wanted him to do with an outside pitch. Simply punch it into right-center field. With two outs in the top of the fifth inning Thursday, Reeves smacked the first pitch he saw from Camp Point Central reliever Garrett Neisen…

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‘The ball is going to find you’: Hendrian’s play off bench gives Raiders needed lift

Quincy Notre Dame first baseman Noah Lunt stretches to catch a throw to force out West Hancock's Gage Scott in the top of the first inning Monday at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Elliott Hendrian might as well have taken a flashing neon sign screaming “Hit it here” with him to second base. The baseball gods were well aware he was there. Quincy Notre Dame coach Rich Polak made an abrupt switch in the top of the fourth inning Monday, pulling starting second baseman Oliver Triplett…

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Photo gallery: QND, West Hancock square off in WCC baseball battle

West Hancock pitcher Gage Scott tags out Quincy Notre Dame's Abram Wiewel on a groundout in the fifth inning that allowed a run to score in the Raiders' 3-1 victory at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — A pitcher’s duel turned in the favor of the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team when the Raiders were able to manufacture a pair of runs in the fifth inning of Monday’s 3-1 victory over West Hancock in West Central Conference action at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman…

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Taylor dazzles in 12-strikeout effort to lead Blue Devils to WB6 split

Quincy High School right-hander Kyle Taylor struck out 12 in Monday's 7-0 victory at Sterling in Western Big 6 Conference action. | Matt Schuckman photo

STERLING, Ill. — Kyle Taylor’s final Western Big 6 Conference start will go down as his best. The senior right-hander tossed a one-hit shutout Monday in leading the Quincy High School baseball team to a 7-0 victory over Sterling and a split of the conference doubleheader. The Golden Warriors won the opener 15-0. Taylor struck…

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Around the area: Chargers walk off with victory, Titans’ Larson plates winning run, Panthers thrive on pair of homers

CARTHAGE, Ill — Wesley Robertson’s walk-off single was the exclamation point on the Illini West baseball team’s 6-5 victory over Lewistown-Valley-Cuba on Monday. With the game tied at 5 and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Carter Chapin reached on an error, and Colby Robertson singled to move the winning run to…

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Around the area: Hlubek belts three homers to lead Blue Devils past Chargers

Quincy High School's Avary Hlubek belted three home runs Friday against Illini West at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Avary Hlubek could not and would not be denied. The sophomore center fielder hit home runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings of the Quincy High School softball team’s 12-4 victory over Illini West on Friday. Her second inning home run came just three batters after Carlee Gilker hit a two-run home…

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Take it to the limit: Wiewel holds Blue Devils at bay as Raiders win latest crosstown showdown

Quincy Notre Dame junior right-hander Abram Wiewel delivers a pitch during Tuesday's game against Quincy High School at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Abram Wiewel understands the need for a pitch count, but it doesn’t dampen the disappointment of being pulled one out away from a complete game. “I wanted to finish it really bad,” said Wiewel, the Quincy Notre Dame junior right-hander who left Tuesday’s game against the Quincy High School baseball team with a…

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Photo gallery: Raiders, Blue Devils tussle in round two of their three-part city series

Quincy High School's Evan Sohn rounds second base during the first inning of Tuesday's game against Quincy Notre Dame at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — It all comes down to the rubber match. The Quincy High School and Quincy Notre Dame baseball teams split their first two meetings this season, with the Raiders evening the series with a 5-1 victory Tuesday night at the QHS field. The third meeting comes next Monday at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield.…

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Pitching, defense shine as Pirates clinch North Central Missouri Conference title

Hannibal pitcher Colton Dryden is met by his coaches as he comes off the field following a scoreless inning against Mexico in Monday's 3-0 victory at the Veterans Sports Complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Shane Hulsey photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Kane Wilson’s diving stop in the fifth inning of the Hannibal baseball team’s 3-0 victory over Mexico at the Veterans Sports Complex on Monday did not result in an out, but the Pirates shortstop made arguably the most important play of the game. With a runner on second, no outs and the…

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Photo gallery: Dryden’s effort, insurance runs secure another NCMC crown for Pirates

Hannibal's Kane Wilson, left, is congratulated by teammate Alex Arthaud after scoring on Ryan Ross' hit in the sixth inning of Monday's 3-0 victory over Mexico at the Veterans Sports Complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Shane Hulsey photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — The Hannibal baseball team is at the top of the heap once again, having defeated Mexico 3-0 on Monday at the Veterans Sports Complex to win the North Central Missouri Conference title. It is the Pirates’ second NCMC crown in the past three seasons. Muddy River Sports Writer Shane Hulsey spent Monday…

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Raiders fend off Hornets, pick up victory with ninth-inning rally

Quincy Notre Dame's Nolan Robb struck out six in four innings of relief to earn the victory in the Raiders' 7-5, nine-rinning victory Monday at Brown County in Mt. Sterling, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

MT. STERLING, Ill. — A catcher’s interference call on a bunt attempt in the top of the ninth allowed the go-ahead run to score and the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team tacked on another to pull out a 7-5 victory over Brown County on Monday. After each team scored a run in the eighth inning,…

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Around the area: Dance, Trail Blazers sweep twinbill; Pirates, Eagles split doubleheader

John Wood Community College right-hander Tyler Dance won his third consecutive game with Saturday's 8-0 victory over Vincennes University in Vincennes, Ind. | Matt Schuckman photo

VINCENNES, Ind. — Tyler Dance found his footing. The John Wood Community College freshman right-hander threw six scoreless innings Saturday, striking out eight and walking one as the Trail Blazers opened a four-game Mid-West Athletic Conference series with an 8-0 victory over Vincennes University. JWCC also won the nightcap of the doubleheader 14-4. Dance, a…

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I am Iron Man: Camp Point Central’s Petersen toughs out streak of consecutive games catching

Camp Point Central catcher Cole Petersen has played every inning of every game in his high school career as the Panthers' starting backstop. | Shane Hulsey photo

CAMP POINT, Ill. — It takes a certain toughness to play catcher. As Camp Point Central freshman infielder Caleb Petersen put it, “There’s no such thing as a good sissy catcher.” His older brother is as tough as they come and has an iron man streak to prove it. Cole Petersen, a senior, has caught…

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Kenning, Robb come up clutch for Raiders in pivotal inning against Tigers

Quincy Notre Dame's Evan Kenning led off the fourth inning Wednesday against Beardstown with a single, setting the stage for a three-run inning in the Raiders' 5-2 victory. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The heart of the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team’s lineup got the ball rolling when the Raiders needed to pad their lead. Evan Kenning and Nolan Robb opened the bottom of the fourth inning Wednesday with back-to-back singles, which led to a three-run rally and catapulted the Raiders to a 5-2 victory over…

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Around the area: Canton wins golf invite, Saukees’ Simon tosses one-hitter, Blue Devils belt four homers

The Canton boys golf team won the Schuyler County Invitational on Wednesday in Lancaster, Mo. | Submitted photo

LANCASTER, Mo. — One day after playing in a hail storm, Trevor Biggerstaff and the Canton boys golf team enjoyed teeing it up under a sun-splashed sky. The Tigers’ play mirrored the weather. Biggerstaff earned individual medalist honors by shooting a 1-under 71 and Canton won the team title with a 328 total Wednesday in…

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Indians notch shutout in program’s first win over Raiders

Quincy Notre Dame's Elliott Hendrian is tagged out by Clark County catcher Gracyn Holsted on a failed squeeze bunt attempt during Tuesday's game at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Shane Hulsey photo

QUINCY — There’s a first time for everything. Clark County baseball coach Shaun Parker delivered that message to his team before Tuesday’s game against Quincy Notre Dame.  The Indians listened and believed in what Parker said. Clark County scored a 4-0 victory at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield for the program’s first victory against QND.…

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Photo gallery: Split decision for QND teams at home as girls soccer wins, baseball falls

Quincy Notre Dame's Makayla Patton attempts to settle the ball during Tuesday's game against Burlington (Iowa) Notre Dame at Advance Physical Therapy Field. | Shane Hulsey photo

QUINCY — Playing side by side on the Quincy Notre Dame campus Tuesday evening, the QND girls soccer and baseball teams came away with mixed results. The soccer team scored three second-half goals in a 3-1 victory over Burlington (Iowa) Notre Dame, while the baseball team left 12 runners on base during a 4-0 loss…

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Oh, so close: Wiewel carries no-hitter into seventh inning as Raiders down Mustangs

Quincy Notre Dame junior right-hander Abram Wiewel delivers a pitch during Monday's game against Mendon Unity at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Shane Hulsey photo

QUINCY — Off the field, Quincy Notre Dame junior Abram Wiewel is a light-hearted jokester. On the field, he turns into a junkyard dog. “When I’m pitching, I get into a completely different mindset,” Wiewel said. “I want to hunt you down and destroy you.” Monday, Wiewel annihilated the Mendon Unity baseball team’s offense, throwing…

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Stellar pitching helps Saukees regain their footing, end Mustangs’ win streak

Pittsfield baseball coach Zach Ferguson talks to his players on the mound during Saturday's game against Mendon Unity in Pittsfield, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

PITTSFIELD, Ill. — Mired in a midseason slump, the Pittsfield baseball team needed a turn-things-around moment. Ending Mendon Unity’s 13-game win streak may be it. Two Saukees combined to limit the Mustangs to two hits, and a five-run fifth inning helped propel Pittsfield to a 9-0 victory Saturday. The Saukees had lost three of their…

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Rose in full bloom: QND senior belts first home run at The Ferd to power Raiders past Chargers

Quincy Notre Dame first baseman Ethan Rose catches a pickoff attempt during Friday's game against Illini West at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — On the first pitch Ethan Rose saw, he knew he shouldn’t swing. On the second pitch, he knew he couldn’t pass. He made the right call on both. With one out in the bottom of the second inning Friday and runners on second and third after Gavin Doellman’s double, Rose jumped on a…

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Photo gallery: Runs difficult to come by as QND, Illini West square off

Illini West's Carter Chapin slides safely across home plate as he scores on a wild pitch in the first inning of Friday's game against Quincy Notre Dame at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Four pitchers — two each from the Quincy Notre Dame and Illini West baseball teams — combine to strike out 14 batters and allow just five hits during Friday night’s showdown at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. The Raiders won 4-2 on the strength of Ethan Rose’s three-run home run and Evan Kenning’s…

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Photo gallery: Twice is nice for Pirates as baseball, girls soccer teams pick up NCMC victories

Hannibal right fielder Konnor Asbury reacts to a solid defensive inning during Wednesday's 8-1 victory over Moberly at the Veterans Sports Complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Hannibal fans who made it to the Veterans Sports Complex on Wednesday afternoon were treated to a two-for-two. Two Pirates teams playing and two victories. The Hannibal girls soccer team continued its dominance of the North Central Missouri Conference, picking up an 8-0 victory over Kirksville. Malia Stolte scored four goals, Ashley…

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Epic rally allows Mustangs to keep win streak alive with extra-inning victory

Mendon Unity right-hander Sawyer Allen threw three innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory in Wednesday night's 15-12 come-from-behind victory over Bushnell-Prairie City. | Matt Schuckman photo

BUSHNELL, Ill. — With two runners on base and two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bushnell-Prairie City baseball team was one run away from a 10-run rule victory. The Spartans didn’t get it, and that gave Mendon Unity new life. The Mustangs scored five times in the top of the sixth,…

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Around the area: South Shelby golfers win invite, Liberty rallies, QND collects 17 hits, Lowe homers twice for Blue Devils

The South Shelby boys golf team posted a 310 team score to win its own invitational Wednesday at Lakeside Golf Course in Shelbine, Mo. | Submitted photo

SHELBINA, Mo — Jaaron Durbin and Noah Wilt took advantage of their home course knowledge and shared medalist honors Wednesday as the South Shelby boys golf team won its own invitational at Lakeside Golf Course. The Cardinals shot a 310, while Palmyra was second at 333 and Canton third at 344. Durbin and Wilt each…

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Maroons sweep Blue Devils in WB6 twinbill to stay atop league standings

Quincy junior outfielder Tykell Hammers slides safely into home plate during the second game of Saturday's Western Big 6 Conference doubleheader against Moline at QU Stadium. | Shane Hulsey photo

QUINCY — The Quincy High School baseball team dropped both ends of a Western Big 6 Conference doubleheader Saturday against league front-runner Moline at QU Stadium. The Maroons won the opener 5-3 despite getting outhit by the Blue Devils, while the nightcap turned into a rout as Moline won 14-1. In the first game, Quincy…

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Injection of life: Blue Devils build confidence ahead of WB6 showdown by ending Pirates’ seven-game win streak

Quincy High School second baseman Gavin Powell eats up a ground ball as the Blue Devils beat Hannibal 8-1 on Wednesday at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Rejuvenation became the name of the game. One team found it, the other now needs it — for decidedly different reasons. Back-to-back losses to begin the week, including an 11-run setback against Rock Island in Western Big 6 Conference play, made Wednesday’s 8-1 victory over Hannibal crucial for the Quincy High School baseball…

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Photo gallery: QHS, Hannibal baseball teams square off in middle of busy week

Hannibal first baseman Cooper Scott, left, throws the ball pack to the pitcher after Quincy High School's Kyle Taylor was safe on a pickoff attempt during Wednesday's game at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — With no rain in sight, it’s time to play ball. And the Quincy High School and Hannibal baseball teams are playing as much as possible. Wednesday marked the third consecutive day with at least one game for both squads as the Blue Devils picked up an 8-1 victory at the QHS field. Muddy…

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Shake it off, shake it off: Lahr’s ability to push everything aside and focus on pitching allows Raiders to take down Saukees

Quincy Notre Dame sophomore left-hander Bradi Lahr delivers a pitch during Wednesday's game against Pittsfield at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Shane Hulsey photo

QUINCY — Just gotta shake it. Sophomore pitcher Bradi Lahr uttered those words — quite loudly — dozens of times during the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team’s game against Pittsfield on Wednesday at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. What exactly does this phrase mean? “Whatever you want to take it as,” Lahr said. Whatever it…

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Mustangs keep win streak alive by fighting back for nine-inning victory over Panthers

Unity's Cody Shaffer drove in the winning run with a single in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday, lifting the Mustangs to a 9-8 victory over Palmyra in Mendon, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

MENDON, Ill. — The manner in which the Palmyra baseball team rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh inning Monday to tie the game could have put Mendon Unity on its heels. Instead, the Mustangs proved they refuse to buckle. Cody Shaffer’s single through the left side of the infield with one…

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Raiders walk off with victory as all three runs in seventh-inning rally score on bases-loaded walks

Quincy Notre Dame right-hander Evan Kenning struck out six over five innings and scored the tying run in the seventh inning of Monday's 5-4 victory over Rushville-Industry at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Patience is a virtue the Quincy Notre Dame baseball players took to heart Monday. Trailing Rushville-Industry by two runs going to the bottom of the seventh inning at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield, the Raiders put themselves in position to rally by loading the bases with one out. Abram Wiewel reached on an…

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Three-run first inning gives Saukees control in victory over Blue Devils

Pittsfield right-hander Brennan Tomhave worked five innings Monday against Quincy High School to earn the win in the Saukees' 5-3 victory in Pittsfield, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

PITTSFIELD, Ill. — The Pittsfield baseball team wasted no time taking control. Run-scoring doubles by Brennan Tomhave, Konner Allen and Hayden Gratton in the bottom of the first inning Monday led to a three-run frame and catapulted the Saukees to a 5-3 victory over Quincy High School.  The Saukees’ Luke Archer led off the fourth…

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Walking away a winner: Ritter’s single caps rally as Blue Devils split twinbill with Silver Streaks

Quincy High School's Nate Konrad slides safely into third base after tagging up and advancing on a sacrifice fly in the third inning of Saturday's game against Galesburg at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Mason Ritter’s water bottle shower was well earned. With two outs, the bases loaded and the score tied in the bottom of the seventh inning in the nightcap of Saturday’s western Big 6 Conference doubleheader, the Quincy High School baseball team’s sophomore catcher fouled off back-to-back pitches deep in the count to keep…

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Photo gallery: Blue Devils earn split with Silver Streaks in WB6 doubleheader

From left, Quincy High School catcher Owen Zanger, pitcher Brady Lowe and first baseman Jansen Lawson stand at attention as first responders present the United States and state of Illinois flags before Saturday's Western Big 6 Conference doubleheader against Galesburg at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Stellar pitching performances, solid approaches at the plate and a seventh-inning rally enabled the Quincy High School baseball team to earn a Western Big 6 Conference doubleheader split with Galesburg on Saturday at the QHS field. The Silver Streaks won the opener 4-0, while the Blue Devils rallied for a 5-4 victory in…

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Shaffer, Sims put up zeroes before Mustangs score twice in eighth inning to get past Eagles

Mendon Unity senior right-hander Cody Shaffer delivers a pitch during Thursday's game at Liberty. The Mustangs scored twice in the top of the eighth inning for a 2-0 victory in Liberty, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

LIBERTY, Ill. — The line drive hit Cody Shaffer’s upper right arm with enough force that the ricochet led to an out at first base and had people scrambling to check on the Mendon Unity right-hander. Immediately, the umpires called time and Mustangs coach Tyler McAllister popped out of the dugout to assess Schaffer’s injury…

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Perfection personified: Pirates’ Wilson retires all 18 Raiders he faces in 10-run victory

Hannibal right-hander Kane Wilson struck out four during his perfect game Thursday in a 10-0 victory over Quincy Notre Dame at Veterans Field in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Kane Wilson didn’t need to be perfect. Yet, he was. The Quincy Notre Dame brought 18 batters to the plate Thursday afternoon and the Hannibal senior right-hander sat all 18 down, tossing a six-inning perfect game in the Pirates’ 10-0 victory at the Veterans Field complex. Wilson struck out only four, but…

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Photo gallery: Old-fashioned pitchers’ duel breaks out as Mustangs, Eagles go extra innings

Liberty catcher Jarred Owens sets himself to receive a pitch during Thursday's game against Mendon Unity in West Central Conference play in Liberty, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

LIBERTY, Mo. — A pair of right-handed hurlers engaged in a pitchers’ duel Thursday as neither Mendon Unity’s Cody Shaffer nor Liberty’s Jackson Sims allowed a run over the first six innings. The relievers were just a stingy in the seventh inning. It wasn’t until the eighth inning when a pair of errors enabled Unity…

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Lawson’s two-hitter helps Blue Devils earn road victory over Warriors

Quincy High School right-hander Jansen Lawson tossed a two-hitter in Thursday's 4-1 victory over Granite City in non-conference action on the road. | Matt Schuckman photo

GRANITE CITY, Ill. — Jansen Lawson locked in instead of locking out. The Quincy High School senior right-hander allowed the Granite City baseball team to tie Thursday’s game at 1 in the second inning when he hit back-to-back batters with two outs to force in a run. A groundout ended the inning, and Lawson was…

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Pennock tosses no-hitter as Saukees sweep doubleheader from Warriors

Pittsfield right-hander Justin Pennock warms up between innings during Saturday's game against Calhoun in Pittsfield, Ill. Pennock tossed a no-hitter in the 1-0 victory. | Photo courtesy Jack Hull

PITTSFIELD, Ill. — Justin Pennock wasn’t overly confident he have unhittable control as he warmed up Saturday morning. “Honestly, not really,” said Pennock, a senior right-hander on the Pittsfield baseball team. “I was still a little bit sore. I thought if I hit spots I’d be all right.” He hardly missed one. Pennock faced just…

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Around the diamond: Mustangs rally in seventh, Blue Devils scored 11 in first, Saukees suffer first loss

MENDON, Ill. — Trailing by two runs heading into the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday, the Mendon Unity baseball team needed baserunners to even think about a rally. Six consecutive batters safely reaching did the trick. Ben McClelland and Sawyer Allen started the rally with back-to-back singles before the Mustangs’ patience kicked in. Three…

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Wiewel comes up clutch as Raiders walk off with low-scoring victory over Eagles

Quincy Notre Dame junior Abram Wiewel drove in the winning run with a single to center field in the seventh inning of Thursday's 2-1 victory over Liberty at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Liberty baseball team wasn’t going to allow Nolan Robb to beat it. So Abram Wiewel did. After Quincy Notre Dame’s Logan Sutton singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday and stole second base, the Eagles chose to intentionally walk Robb. Wiewel followed by hitting a two-strike line…

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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…

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Lowe’s stellar effort helps Blue Devils come away with split on final day in Memphis

Quincy High School senior Brady Lowe threw four hitless, scoreless innings in a 4-1 victory over Kenston (Ohio) on Tuesday in the USA High School Baseball Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. | Matt Schuckman photo

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The weather played havoc with the Quincy High School baseball team’s spring break trip, but the Blue Devils were still able to come away with a split on their final day playing in the USA High School Baseball Challenge. Senior right-hander Brady Lowe threw four scoreless innings Tuesday in a 4-1 victory…

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Blue Devils hope loss to Maroons serves as motivation to buckle down

Quincy High School third baseman Brady Lowe puts a tag on Belleville West's Jake Stedman after he safely reached the bag with a stolen base during the second inning of Tuesday's game at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Kyle Taylor sensed a lack of enthusiasm. “It felt like another Tuesday at the ballpark, not a game day,” the Quincy High School baseball team’s senior shortstop said. A five-run deficit after the first inning made it even worse. “When I looked across the diamond, there were guys with their heads down early,…

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Photo gallery: QHS squares off with Belleville West in baseball home opener

The Quincy High School baseball players stand at attention during the national anthem prior to Tuesday's game against Belleville West at the QHS field. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Belleville West baseball team scored five runs in the first inning and hit three home runs on a somewhat blustery day to spoil Quincy High School’s home opener, winning 13-3 on Tuesday afternoon at the QHS field. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman put together this photo gallery from the game:

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Photo gallery: Stolte’s first goal, Wilson’s complete game help Hannibal enjoy banner day

Hannibal right-hander Kane Wilson delivers a pitch during Tuesday's game against Wentzville Holt at Veterans Field in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Malia Stolte didn’t settle for scoring her first varsity goal in the Hannibal girls soccer team’s 8-0 victory over Warrenton on Tuesday night at Veterans Field. She went ahead and recorded her first career hat trick as well. Kane Wilson didn’t settle for his first victory of the season for the Hannibal…

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Pair of QHS pitchers mow down QND to claim victory during head-to-head clash in SHG Slam

Quincy High School right-hander Brady Lowe struck out 12 in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Quincy Notre Dame at the SHG Slam in Springfield, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The first crosstown showdown of the spring took place 110 miles from the Gem City, but it didn’t lack any down-to-the-last-out drama. With a runner on first base and the Quincy High School baseball team holding a two-run lead in the top of the seventh inning, right-handed reliever Jansen Lawson induced a…

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Schuckman: QND’s retirement of No. 5 puts love of family, love of baseball on full display

Quincy Notre Dame officially retired Tucker Tollerton's No. 5 before Friday's game against Sherrard at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Tears were expected Friday afternoon, but the smiles elicited by the memories of Tucker Tollerton and the embrace his family received balanced everything out. That was as much of a tribute to Tollerton as seeing his jersey number retired. Anyone who accompanied the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team on last season’s record-setting journey…

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Problems with execution plague QND baseball team in season-opening loss to Sherrard

From left, Quincy Notre Dame third baseman Abram Wiewel, shortstop Nolan Robb, first baseman Ethan Rose and second baseman Elliott Hendrian wait on the infield during a pitching change in Friday's game against Sherrard at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — There is likely to be one word the Quincy Notre Dame baseball players are going to hear in the days to come. It’s going to be details, details, details. Or it may be fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. Better attention to details and a better performance fundamentally may have altered an exasperating outcome in Friday’s…

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Photo gallery: QND baseball program retires No. 5 in honor of Tucker Tollerton

Tucker Tollerton's father, Rob, left, and his mother, Vicke, right, were presented with framed No. 5 Quincy Notre Dame baseball jerseys Friday when the number was retired in Tollerton's honor. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — With most of Tucker Tollerton’s extended family, friends and his entire college team in attendance Friday at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield, the Quincy Notre Dame baseball program retired No. 5 in honor of the Raiders’ former center fielder, who was killed last May in an auto accident. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt…

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Photo gallery: QND baseball team falls in season opener against Sherrard

Quincy Notre Dame starting pitcher Evan Kenning receives a throw from catcher Nick Spears during Friday's game against Sherrard at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — The Quincy Notre Dame baseball team’s youth and inexperience showed in a season-opening 10-0 loss to Sherrard on Friday at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. Muddy River Sports Editor Matt Schuckman spent the sunny afternoon at the Ferd and put together this photo gallery:

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Accountability playing key part in Blue Devils staying focused in pursuit of success

Quincy High School senior shortstop Kyle Taylor is one of several experienced players the Blue Devils will lean on in pursuit of postseason success. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Owen Zanger looks around the diamond and sees the bond the game has created among the Quincy High School baseball players. “We’re all great friends,” he said. “I think that comes with every successful team.” For this group, though, it doesn’t come with an air of indifference for those not performing or not…

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Raiders ready to unveil new lineup carrying same hunger to be state tournament team

Quincy Notre Dame senior right-hander Evan Kenning will get the start in Friday's season opener against Sherrard at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Come Friday, when the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team opens its season, there will be an angel in the outfield looking over the Raiders and every day moving forward. The school will retire the No. 5 worn by Tucker Tollerton, the starting center fielder on last year’s Class 2A third-place state team who…

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Photo gallery: Hannibal, Palmyra, Bowling Green participate in baseball jamboree

Hannibal's Ryan Ross delivers a pitch during Saturday's jamboree at the Veterans Field complex in Hannibal, Mo. | Mathew. Kirby photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — A week before the high school baseball season officially begins, Hannibal hosted a jamboree at the Veterans Field complex with Palmyra and Bowling Green taking part. Photographer Mathew Kirby spent time at the field Saturday and put together this photo gallery:

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Prairie State Profile: Saukees’ Tomhave embraces traditions, bonds born from playing sports

Pittsfield senior Brennan Tomhave is a three-sports athlete who envisions himself as a physical therapist or working a similar job in the sports medicine field one day. | Matt Schuckman photo

PITTSFIELD, Ill. — Brennan Tomhave is a Saukee through and through. It would be difficult not to be when you grow up sitting on the bench. Tomhave had a front-row seat to one of the best seasons in Pittsfield boys basketball history in 2011, riding the bus and hanging out in the locker room as…

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Hannibal’s Wilson, JWCC signee Schmidt receive honorable mention all-state plaudits

Hannibal junior shortstop Kane Wilson received Class 5 honorable mention all-state honors from the Missouri Baseball Coaches Association. | Matt Schuckman photo

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Kane Wilson’s record-setting season didn’t go unnoticed by prep baseball coaches around the state. The Hannibal junior shortstop was named as an honorable mention infielder on the Missouri Baseball Coaches Association Class 5 all-state team.  Wilson established new single-season program records for hits with 45 and and RBIs with 44 while also…

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Raiders’ Schisler earns all-state plaudits, joined by Saukees’ Allen and Hornets’ Wort

Quincy Notre Dame right-hander Jake Schisler went 8-1 this spring while also hitting .440 as the Raiders' leadoff man, earning Class 2A first-team honors. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Missouri S&T pitching coach Shane Herschelman made Quincy Notre Dame right-hander Jake Schisler a recruiting priority last year, liking the way Schisler attacked hitters and how his pitches had natural movement. After the spring Schisler had, Miners head coach Todd DeGraffenreid might have to consider using Schisler as a two-way talent. Schisler was…

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Photo gallery: QND welcomes home Class 2A third-place baseball team

Quincy Notre Dame assistant baseball coach Zach Robb, left, takes a photo of the Raiders before they begin their fire truck ride through town as part of the welcome home celebration following their third-place finish at the Class 2A state tournament. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Mark McDowell did what he needed to do in order to get the job done. He adjusted. To kick off the pep rally welcoming home the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team following its third-place finish at the Class 2A state tournament, the QND principal planned to begin his opening remarks by playing the…

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Together until the end: Raiders finish mission to play on season’s final day, bring home Class 2A third-place trophy

The Quincy Notre Dame baseball team accepts the Class 2A third-place trophy after beating DePaul College Prep 7-2 on Saturday at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

PEORIA, Ill. — Tyler Dance shook his head, almost in disbelief. Then he smiled, knowing you have to believe in fate. “No. 5,” Dance said. “It keeps coming up.” In the final game of this historic, record-setting season — one that should land the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team in the school’s Hall of Fame…

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Raiders’ Dance attacks Rams to finish remarkable season with victory in third-place game

Quincy Notre Dame right-hander Tyler Dance reacts to getting the last out in the fourth inning Saturday in the Class 2A third-place game against DePaul College Prep at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

PEORIA, Ill. — Tyler Dance didn’t like it, but he didn’t fret over it. He simply worked through it. That’s what an ace does. Staked to a one-run lead following the top of the first inning of Saturday’s Class 2A third-place game at Dozer Park, the Quincy Notre Dame senior right-hander saw the DePaul College…

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Photo gallery: QND baseball team faces DePaul College Prep in Class 2A third-place game

The Quincy Notre Dame baseball players run out of the dugout to take infield prior to Saturday's Class 2A third-place game against DePaul College Prep at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

PEORIA, Ill. — This historic season had a fitting ending. The Quincy Notre Dame baseball team played and won on the final day of the season and came home with a trophy. The Raiders beat DePaul College Prep 7-2 on Saturday to take third place at the Class 2A state tournament at Dozer Park. The…

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Raiders realize shot at state championship not part of their destiny after semifinal loss

Quincy Notre Dame's Jake Schisler, left, and Nolan Robb collaborate during a seventh-inning pitching change in the Class 2A state semifinal against Joliet Catholic on Friday at Dozer Park. | Matt Schuckman photo

PEORIA, Ill. — The fifth inning provided the Quincy Notre Dame baseball players with hope. The sixth inning gave them angst. The seventh inning brought the stark realization a state championship wasn’t part of their destiny. Trailing defending Class 2A state champion Joliet Catholic by five runs in the fifth inning of Friday’s state semifinal…

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Hilltoppers’ Schlageter best arm Raiders faced this season ‘by far’

Joliet Catholic left-hander T.J. Schlageter delivers a pitch during Friday's Class 2A state tournament semifinal against Quincy Notre Dame at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

PEORIA, Ill. — For one inning, T.J. Schlageter was immaculate. Five other innings, he was unhittable. That’s a scenario the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team hadn’t faced this season. Schlageter, the Joliet Catholic left-hander who has signed with the University of Louisville, handcuffed the Raiders for seven innings Friday night, allowing just three hits in…

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Photo gallery: QND baseball team makes first state final four appearance in nearly two decades

Delaney Beard holds a fathead of Quincy Notre Dame senior outfielder Colin Kurk prior to Friday's Class 2A state semifinal against Joliet Catholic at Dozer Park in Peoria, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

PEORIA, Ill. — Playing in the Class 2A state final four for the first time since 2004, the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team enjoyed the support of a large, vocal crowd Friday night at Dozer Park. It sparked a fifth-inning rally that pulled the Raiders within two runs of defending state champion Joliet Catholic. However,…

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For love of the game: Raiders’ year-round passion for baseball leads to unparalleled success

Quincy Notre Dame senior co-captains Jake Schisler, left, and Dalton Miller, smile as they get ready to accept the Class 2A sectional championship plaque. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — At the most elemental level, it’s a warehouse. The building has been remodeled and retrofitted to be a baseball haven, but the brick exterior, the large, garage-style doors and the location close to the Mississippi River suggest it once was used for storage, construction or manufacturing. The Quincy Notre Dame baseball players embrace…

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Working on a chain gang: Raiders use unique home run celebration to inject energy into state championship pursuit

Quincy Notre Dame first baseman Dalton Miller gets the gold chain put around his neck after hitting a home run against Jacksonville Routt at Ferd Niemann Jr. Memorial Ballfield. | Matt Schuckman photo

QUINCY — Mason Winking’s employee discount probably saved him $3 or $4 on the welded galvanized steel chain he purchased at Farm & Home Supply. Yet, the real value of those 35 gold-painted links is immeasurable. That chain is part of what links the Quincy Notre Dame baseball players so strongly together. It stands for…

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Schuckman: Tollerton watching over his QND teammates in spirit and soul like a hawk

A bird sits perched on the light standard in left-center field at Lincoln Land Community College's Claude Kracik Field during the Quincy Notre Dame baseball team's Class 2A super-sectional matchup with Bloomington Central Catholic on Monday night in Springfield, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The bird took its perch atop the light standard in left-center field in the bottom of the first inning Monday evening, and other than moving from one end of the row of lights to the other, it watched the next three innings of the Class 2A super-sectional baseball game unfold. Little by…

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High fives all around: Raiders use Tollerton’s inspiration to power past Saints and reach Class 2A state final four

Quincy Notre Dame's Jake Schisler, left, and Dalton Miller, right, celebrate along with their teammates after Schisler hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning of Monday's 13-1 victory over Bloomington Central Catholic in the Class 2A Springfield Super-Sectional. | Matt Schuckman photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Jake Schisler smiled and shrugged as he uncupped his left hand to reveal the baseball he had hit into the Monday twilight. He couldn’t be certain it was the actual home run ball because someone would have had to dig it out of the trees beyond the left-field fence at Lincoln Land…

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‘He threw another gem’: Raiders right-hander Dance delivers by shutting down Saints

Quincy Notre Dame senior right-hander Tyler Dance delivers a pitch in the fifth inning against Bloomington Central Catholic during Monday's Class 2A super-sectional in Springfield, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In the moments after the Quincy Notre Dame baseball players decided they’d play Monday’s Class 2A super-sectional as planned, senior designated hitter Alex Connoyer stood in front of Tyler Dance, leaned in so they were nearly nose-to-nose and delivered a strong message. “Use all the emotion,” Connoyer told his teammate. “Let it…

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Photo gallery: Memories of Tollerton vivid as QND baseball team beats BCC in super-sectional

Quincy Notre Dame senior outfielder/pitcher Mason Winking writes Tucker Tollerton's initials in the dirt in front of the QND dugout prior to Monday's Class 2A super-sectional game against Bloomington Central Catholic in Springfield, Ill. | Matt Schuckman photo

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Quincy Notre Dame baseball players decided Sunday morning to play Monday’s Class 2A Springfield Super-Sectional against Bloomington Central Catholic because Tucker Tollerton would have wanted them to play. Tollerton, the senior starting center fielder and No. 2 hole hitter, was killed in a single-vehicle accident Saturday night just outside of Hannibal,…

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