Shelby Wendling reached on a single but was thrown out trying to take an extra base, and then Taylor Wright walked. Smith escaped the inning by striking out Whitley Brummer.
Heidi Thoele led the second inning off with a single, forcing Niebrugge to pull Smith early in favor of Borries.
”Kaitlin’s looked good in the gym,” Niebrugge said. “It wasn’t her night, she’ll get another shot.
”Kadi came in, gave us a solid effort. She didn’t have her best stuff either, but she found way.”
Borries righted the ship, keeping it 2-0 until the bottom of the third. Teutopolis would take the lead on a two-run double by Anni Borries and a two-run single by Allison Apke.
Up 4-2, the Shoes went back to the well in the fourth, scoring two more on an Apke triple. Apke was thrown out at the plate trying for an inside-the-park home run. Courtney Mersman knocked in another run before the end of the frame.
Dieterich scored once in the fifth, when Wendling scored on a wild pitch by Kadi Borries. Anni Borries drove home a run of her own in the bottom of the fifth off Sydney Higgs, who relieved Thoele.
Borries retired the first two batters of the sixth, only to load the bases and give up four runs on a pair of two-run singles by Cox and Wendling to make it 8-7 Teutopolis.
The threat ended there, as a sacrifice fly by Holly Dust and an RBI single by Julie Waldhoff set up Borries’ big home run.
”It was just a battle,” Niebrugge said. “Our girls, they didn’t quit either. We had a few lapses in intensity tonight. We’ve got to learn we can’t have those lapses.”
Madison Cowman slammed the door in the seventh for Teutopolis, who moved to 2-0.