BLOOMINGTON — In basketball, he was listed as T.J. Schrader. In baseball, the roster reads Anton Schrader.
So who is this Deer Creek-Mackinaw High School junior?
“Anton is my real name,” he said. “I just go by T.J. It’s probably confusing.”
Friday night, simply call him dominant in the semifinals of the Illinois Wesleyan Class 1A Sectional. Schrader struck out 12 and pitched a three-hitter in Dee-Mack’s 7-0 victory over Annawan-Wethersfield at Horenberger Field.
“Everything was working well,” said the hard-throwing right-hander. “And I had good defense all night.”
The first sectional baseball win in school history advanced the Chiefs (20-10) to Saturday’s 11 a.m. championship game against Heart of Illinois Conference rival Tremont.
The Turks (19-8) downed Oneida ROWVA, 8-1, in the first semifinal.
Schrader (10-2) walked one and encountered his only real trouble in the fifth. He loaded the bases with a single and two hit batsmen, but escaped with a strikeout.
“We hadn’t played since last Saturday, so you’re looking at six days rest and it showed. He was throwing hard,” Dee-Mack coach Ron Leitner said.
“He pitched well and we hit the ball early.”
Dee-Mack scored three in the first against right-hander Jake DeJaeger (8-2), who entered the game with a 1.04 earned-run average.
Schrader had an RBI double, Brandon Stiers drove him in with a triple and Dalton Neumann added an RBI single.
Schrader led off the third with a triple and came home when the throw to third was wild. Matt Krause followed with a triple and scored on Stiers’ groundout.
The Chiefs tacked on runs in the fifth and seventh. Krause, Stiers and Schrader had two hits each while ending Annawan’s season at 21-13.
“Schrader was as good as we’ve seen,” Titans’ coach Jeff Parsons said. “He was top notch. He flat out beat us.”
Junior right-hander Blake Uhlman (7-3) limited ROWVA to one unearned run on seven hits. He struck out five and walked one despite taking a line drive off his pitching hand in the sixth.
“It hurts right now, but oh well,” he said. “I was going to pitch no matter what.”
Tremont had only two hits, but took advantage of 10 walks, two hit batsmen and four errors by ROWVA (23-11).
Sammy Bolliger had two RBIs with a single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Uhlman did the rest on the same field he won a sectional game in 2009 as a freshman.
“He’s been on this mound and being comfortable here makes a big difference,” Tremont coach Adam Pagett said. “Coming into the game he’d only walked four guys all year. I didn’t expect anything different out of him today.”
Tremont defeated Dee-Mack twice in the regular season, the second time 1-0 on a no-hitter by Uhlman.
“It’s very exciting,” he said of being in the title game. “Two years ago we lost by a couple of runs. Hopefully, we can get past it this time.”
The winner advances to Monday’s University of Illinois Super-Sectional.