Tornadoes pummel Raiders on Senior Night
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TAYLORVILLE —Five Taylorville High School seniors were recognized on Wednesday afternoon for their handwork put in throughout their careers. The five seniors and their escorts pictured above are: Luke Ellinger (Tony and Sara Ellinger), Garret Williams (Karen Mears), Carter Thomas (Bryan and Cara Thomas), Aden Toberman (Ben Toderman and Beth Oldham) and Myles Clayton (Josh and Mindy Clayton).
Lucas Domonousky/Breeze-Courier Photo
Breeze-Courier Sports Editor
TAYLORVILLE —The Taylorville Tornadoes hosted the Central A&M varsity baseball team on Wednesday, Apr. 12. Starting pitcher Carter Thomas, 3B Luke Ellinger, 1B Aden Toberman, 2B Myles Clayton and Utility player Garrett Williams all were recognized for their final season wearing Purple and Gold at the High School level. The Tornadoes put on a thirteen hit, thirteen run show for the home crowd and defeated the Raiders, 13-3 the final.
Taylorville has found a good contrast of offense, pitching and defense with every player playing a role somewhere in all three. Our first focus is going to be on the offense. The four starting seniors, Thomas, Clayton, Ellinger and Toberman came together and produced on a massive level on Wednesday afternoon. The leadoff man, Thomas, went 2-4 scoring two runs and collecting an RBI. Clayton and Ellinger, two and three spots, combined for a 3-5 performance while gathering 4 RBIs, 3 runs and a pair of walks. Toberman, batting in the six hole drove in a run, scored a run and hit .500.
Thomas took the mound on the special afternoon and showed just why he’s the team’s ace. He pitched 3 innings of 2 run (1 earned) ball and allowed just three hits. Sophomore Tharyn Wiseman came in for relief in the fourth (1 hit, 1 run and 4 strikeouts) then Clayton capped it off with the close.
Taylorville defeats their Christian County opponent by a ten run margin and improve to a very positive 4-2 start on the season. The Tornadoes will be back in action tonight as they head to Warrensburg to take on the Cardinals (9-1).