A back-and-forth game between Teutopolis and Effingham Monday was ultimately decided by some timely power hitting by the Wooden Shoes, as they bested the Flaming Hearts 8-5. Kyle Pruemer and Bobby Wenthe each hit solo home runs on the day, and starting pitcher Darren Probst helped his own cause by hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Probst's homer put Teutopolis up 6-4 in the sixth inning, giving the Shoes a lead they'd never relinquish. "Any home run is a big hit," said Teutopolis coach Justin Fleener. "We had good at-bats."Effingham started out the game out in front, taking a 1-0 lead via a Drew Levitt RBI double in the first inning. The Shoes answered right back, putting two runners on in the second off an Alex Goldstein walk and a Derek Smith double. Goldstein scored on a wild pitch, and Probst knocked in a run to make it 2-1. Things stayed scoreless until the fourth, when Pruemer led off the inning with a long home run to center field, putting Teutopolis up 3-1. But the Hearts had a quick answer. Preston Walker reached on an error to lead off the inning, then Devin Mayfield reached on another error, putting two on for Dirk Levitt. He came through, hitting a long double to left field to tie the game at 3-3.He came around to score on a fielder's choice that looked like an inning-ending double play, but Pruemer dropped the ball when Carter Hayes tripped over his cleat, allowing Levitt to come around to score and give Effingham a 4-3 lead. "We were able to capitalize on some of their mistakes," Effingham coach Chris Fleener said. "T-Town's a pretty good team, we hung in there, held our own for a while."Wenthe kickstarted the Shoes' offense in the sixth, leading off the inning with a homer to center to tie the game. Pruemer walked, and two batters later, Probst hit a two-out homer that would prove to be the game-winner and put Teutopolis up 6-4. "The fly balls we were hitting out there, we had solid contact," Justin Fleener said. "We were hitting them right at guys. We hit some balls hard at them."The Flaming Hearts showed signs of life in the sixth, when Dirk Levitt led off with a single and eventually scored with two outs on a wild pitch. With runners on second and third, Kennan Mahaffey grounded out to Smith to end the inning. Teutopolis turned the tables on Effingham in the seventh, scoring two runs via two Effingham errors. Chase Wendling had an RBI single, and scored on an error at first base to go up 8-5."They took advantage of some of our errors, and we turned around and scored some runs off their errors," Justin Fleener said. "In high school baseball, you take what you can get."Pruemer and Wenthe both had just one hit but each were a solo home run, while Probst was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a homer. He also went 5.2 innings and allowed four runs (one earned). Justin Kenter earned the save. For Effingham, Dirk Levitt was 2-for-5 on the game with two RBIs, giving the Hearts a spark at the top of the lineup. "It was nice for him to step up and get a couple big hits for us, he made good contact," Chris Fleener said.Drew Levitt also went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, while Devin Mayfield was 2-for-4 with a run. Alex Carie took the loss, going 5.2 innings of his own. He struck out and gave up two walks."I thought Alex did a pretty good job," Chris Fleener said. "He had a couple pitches that got up and got out of the park. I thought Alex, he's a gamer, he keeps them off balance." Effingham's record drops to 7-9 with the loss. The Hearts go to Salem Thursday afternoon for an Apollo Conference doubleheader.Teutopolis improves to 17-3 with the win. The Wooden Shoes host North Clay today at 4:15 p.m.
Teutopolis 020 103 2 8 9 4Effingham 100 301 0 5 8 2WP - Probst LP - Carie SV - Kenter
Teutopolis: Waldhoff (1-4, 2B); Wendling (1-4, RBI, R); Wenthe (1-4, HR, RBI, R); Pruemer (1-3, HR, RBI, R, BB); Smith (1-3, 2B, 2 R); Probst (2-3, HR, 3 RBI, R); Hardiek (1-3); Gillespie (1-1)Effingham: Di. Levitt (2-5, 2B, RBI, R); Carie (1-4, R, BB); Dr. Levitt (2-4, 2B, RBI); Mahaffey (1-3, 2B); Mayfield (2-4, R)