TEUTOPOLIS — The Teutopolis offense went to work early on in Wednesday's sectional semifinal game between the host Lady Shoes and Fairfield. Kadi Borries singled and Dakota Swingler doubled in the first two at-bats, setting up a three-run burst out of the starting gates.
The early tallies were all the offense Teutopolis (19-5) needed, as the Lady Shoes kept Fairfield (13-10) scoreless until the seventh, and tacked on three more runs of their own, to best the Lady Mules 6-1.
"One of the things I did like was that we jumped on them early," Teutopolis coach Rich Niebrugge said. "Our bats came out early looking to rip, I like the intensity we saw."
With runners on the corners and one out, Madison Cowman laid down a perfect bunt for Teutopolis to execute the squeeze play, and the Lady Shoes led 1-0.
Allison Apke stepped into the batter's box and drove an RBI double short in center to score Swingler, and Tara Stephens hit Teutopolis' third double of the frame, to almost the exact same spot as Apke, in the ensuing at-bat. The Lady Mules, playing unusually far back in the outfield, had trouble running underneath the final two extra-base hits.
"I'm just glad those balls dropped," Niebrugge said. "We do have some good batters, some good sticks on our team, maybe they were playing back for that.
"But our girls were aggressive baserunners, they took extra bases both times. I'd like to see those be line drives."
Ahead by three after the first inning, the Teutopolis offense went cold until the fifth.
Fortunately for Niebrugge's squad, the defense did just enough to keep Fairfield off the board. The Lady Mules left 11 runners stranded in the contest, unable to get the game-changing hit when it mattered the most.