TEUTOPOLIS — The fact that Dieterich played Teutopolis on Friday was unexpected. The outcome was even more surprising.
After the Movin’ Maroons’ scheduled game at Beecher City/Cowden-Herrick was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions, Jamie VanScyoc’s team made arrangements to travel to T-Town instead.
It was a lot to ask of his squad — taking on the two-time Class 2A state champions on short notice in their spring opener — but the Movin' Maroons responded, as Tanner Traub shut out the Wooden Shoes potent lineup for six innings, and huge sixth inning propelled Dieterich to an 8-0 upset.
“It was a great way to start the spring,” said VanScyoc, whose team went just 7-13 in the fall. “This is the second time we’ve been on a field (this spring). We practiced on our field one day and we’ve had a lot of gym practice. For my kids to come out and do this, I hope it’s a sign of good things to come the rest of the spring.”
Fans would have never guessed the Movin’ Maroons had practiced outdoors just one time based on the sharp pitching of Traub and his defenses’ flawless play throughout.
Both helped Dieterich overcome a shaky start on offense, as T-Town starter Darren Probst struck out the first seven Movin’ Maroons batters in frigid 38-degree conditions at the start of the game.
But Dieterich grabbed some momentum in the second, as center fielder Jake Bohnhoff gunned down T-Town courtesy runner Ted Jansen at the plate after a single by Reed Hardiek to keep the game scoreless. Bohnhoff had three other nice running catches and was in late-spring form on a decisively winter-like day.
“Jake tracked down a lot of balls,” VanScyoc said. “And him coming up on that ball up the middle and throwing that kid out at home plate, I think that was another key part today to kind of set the tone for us. It gave our kids (confidence) to know, ‘Hey, we’re in this.’”