Flora Wolves drop two at
First Annual Autism Awareness Doubleheader

Flora – Flora Wolves drop two at first annual Autism Awareness doubleheader to the Neoga Indians by the scores of 9 – 5 and 14 – 12.

April is the official month for Autism Awareness and it was the first annual Autism Awareness games at Mike Jennings Field. Autism affects 1 in 68 children born in the United States and is the fastest growing developmental disability today.

The money that was raised from pork loin sandwiches went to the Southeastern Illinois Autism Community. The counties that participate and are actively involved with this group are Clark, Clay, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Jasper and Richland.

Trenton and Andrew Conrad threw out the first pitch for the game and was assisted by their cousin Lincoln Tackitt.

In game one of the doubleheader, the Flora Wolves outhit the Neoga Indians 12 to nine, but could not get the runs across the plate to take the win.

The Indians took an early lead over the Wolves in the first inning by the score of 3 – 0. Neoga’s Kingerly started the game off with a solo home-run over the left field fence. Neoga scored two more runs before the top half of the inning was over.

The Wolves matched runs in the second inning as each team scored one run. Flora held the Indians scoreless in the third and fourth innings, while scoring two runs in the third inning as Bryce Pearce and Blake Fitch crossed the plate making the score 4 – 3 Neoga.

In the top of the fifth inning Neoga tacked on four more runs making the score 8 – 4 in the middle of five. Tristan Litaker led off for the Wolves with a single and Jeremiah Allison hit an RBI double to center field plating Litaker. At the end of five innings of play the score was 8 – 5 with Neoga still in the lead.

The sixth inning was scoreless for both teams. Neoga scored one run in the top of the seventh making it 9 – 5 with the Wolves coming to bat. With two men on base for Flora, Litaker who had walked and Jeremiah Allison singling to left field, the Wolves saw a small spark. However, the Flora Wolves could not bring in the runners and the game ended in a 9 – 5 loss to Neoga.

The winning pitcher for Neoga was Moore who threw a total of 147 pitches, 93 of those being strikes. Taking the loss for the Wolves was Trey Thompson throwing a total of 200 pitches on the day, 119 of those being strikes.

Flora Wolves Hitting:
Leading the way for the Wolves was Jeremiah Allison who went 3-for-4, two singles, double, RBI; Zach Allison 1-for-3; Bryce Pearce 2-for-5, two runs scored; Blake Fitch 1-for-4, double, run scored, RBI; Trey Thompson 1-for-4, double, RBI; Tristan Litaker 1-for-3, run scored; Jeffrey Gaither 2-for-4, double, run scored; Luke Durre 1-for-3; Rase Collins RBI.

Game Two:  

The Flora Wolves fell short in the second game to Neoga by the score of 14 - 12.  The Flora Wolves scored one run in the third, three runs in the fourth, one run in the fifth and seven runs in the bottom of the seventh, it looked as though the Wolves were rallying back. However, the rally fell short, as the Wolves fell in defeat by the score of 14 - 12.

There were big hits in the game as Bryce Pearce, Trey Thompson and Blake Fitch each hit doubles, with the biggest hit coming in the bottom of the seventh as Trevor Nicholson stepped to the plate and sent the ball over the center field fence with the bases loaded for a Grand-Slam Home-Run.

The winning pitcher for Neoga was Hoedebeck throwing 4.1 innings and a total of 126 pitches, 78 of those being strikes. Taking the loss for the Wolves was Zach Allison throwing two innings with a total of 77 pitches, 55 of those being strikes.

Flora Wolves Hitting:

Trevor Nicholson 1-for-2, Grand-Slam Home-Run, two runs scored, four RBIs; Bryce Pearce 4-for-5, double, two runs scored, RBI; Trey Thompson 2-for-4, double, two runs scored; Blake Fitch 1-for-5, double, run scored, RBI; Tristan Litaker 1-for-2, two runs scored, RBI; Chris Scott 1-for-2, run scored; Jeffrey Gaither RBI; Chase Calhoun RBI; Damion Dehlinger run scored, stolen base; Zach Horath run scored.

The Flora Wolves are now 10 - 11 overall on the season and 4 - 2 in the LIC.