Less than 20 hours after facing a tough Teutopolis team, St. Anthony had its hands full with Decatur St. Teresa Friday afternoon. The result was very similar however, as St. Anthony was shut out by St. Teresa's Colton Watrous 2-0 in a seven-inning shutout. Eli Dasenbrock was the lone St. Anthony baserunner in the battle of the Bulldogs, leading off the sixth with a single to center field to break up Watrous' perfect game. The bats remained cold after the 4-0 shutout loss against Teutopolis, a problem that coach Kenny Miller said needs to be resolved. "We've just got to have better approaches," he said. "We've got tentative swings, we've got check swings with no strikes, check swings when we're ahead in the count. "We've got people scared to make a mistake, instead of going up there and being aggressive."Neil Williams took the mound for St. Anthony for the first time this year, and performed very well. He allowed one hit over the first two innings, but wiped it out with a double play on the next batter. St. Teresa got to him in the third inning, when Brett Althoff had a two-out infield single. Matthew Peters walked, and Kurtis Minton drove in Althoff with a single to right field. Up 1-0, Adam Peters laced a single to right field, but St. Anthony's Eric Gurtner came up firing, gunning down Matthew Peters at the plate on a perfect throw to Dasenbrock to end the inning.Watrous continued working through the St. Anthony lineup, getting more help in the sixth inning. Adam Peters led off with a single, but was ruled out and called for interference on a Philip Ganley groundout, forcing a double play. But St. Teresa kept at it, getting a walk from David Alawek and a single from Ryan Scharf. Joey Brinkoetter singled to left to score Alawek and go up 2-0. They'd get another hit, but Williams got out of the inning down 2-0. "If we make a play for (Williams) at third, he's out of one inning, and if we keep a ball in the infield ... that's the other run," Miller said. "It's still 0-0, it doesn't help you score a run."Dasenbrock led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, but Charlie Schultz flew out and Braden Puckett popped into a double play when Dasenbrock was forced out at first. That would be the only runner St. Anthony would get, falling 2-0. Williams pitched a complete game, allowing 11 hits and two runs. He struck out four in his first start of the year. "We wasted a really, really, really good pitching performance by Neil Williams," Miller said. "He should have thrown a donut up there."Watrous struck out seven and allowed just the one hit, retiring the first 15 batters of the game in order. "Sometimes, you've got to tip your cap," Miller said. "They made the plays, their pitcher was decent, and they didn't make any mistakes."The loss moved St. Anthony to 13-4 before their scheduled second game of the day against St. Joseph-Ogden.
St. Teresa 001 001 0 2 11 0St. Anthony 000 000 0 0 1 1WP - Watrous LP - Williams