Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 28, 2013

Shoes roll past Shelbyville

TEUTOPOLIS — Opponents have had nothing but nightmares trying to shut down the Teutopolis offense in the playoffs. The Wooden Shoes cruised into their own sectional final by defeating the previous two foes with a combined score of 18-0, and in front of a hometown crowd on Saturday, Teutopolis kept its high-flying offense intact.Chase Wendling dinged two singles, a double and drove in four runs, as the Wooden Shoes plated four in the sixth inning en route to a commanding 8-1, sectional-clinching win over Shelbyville."I feel fortunate to have what we have," Wooden Shoes coach Justin Fleener said. "The guys put the time in when it's practice time, they work hard in the cages, they work hard out here in the field. They're reaping some of the benefits of this hard work."Teutopolis finished with 11 hits on the afternoon, five of which came in the game-changing sixth inning. First, however, the Wooden Shoes needed a few big plays, or pitches, on defense.Trailing 4-1 in the top of the sixth, Shelbyville started with a double from Caleb Eloe and and an infield single by Eli Miller to give the Rams runners on the corners with no outs. The two base hits were the only Wooden Shoes starter Kyle Pruemer gave up. Facing the tying run at the plate, Pruemer struck out Jake Keown for the first out, then fanned Luke Hatfield in the ensuing at-bat. His third straight strikeout, this time against Nate Standerfer, kept the two Rams on the bags and the three-run lead still intact."That was a huge point in the ball game right there," Fleener said. "With the meat of their lineup coming up, that's why we have our horse on the mound there and he challenged some of their hitters. He did a nice job to get out of the inning."Sensing the momentum had swung back in their favor, Teutopolis' Reed Hardiek tripled to open the bottom of the sixth, and an RBI double from Cody Will gave the Wooden Shoes a 5-1 lead. Chase Wendling's single plated Will, and Bobby Wenthe ripped his second double of the game to left center to bring home another run. The fourth extra-base hit of the inning, this time a double by Michael Gillespie, brought Wenthe home to close the sixth-inning scoring and give the Wooden Shoes a commanding 8-1 lead.Wendling was the unquestioned star at the plate, connecting on a single in his first at-bat and bringing runs home on each of his next three. "I had been struggling a little bit my last few games," Wendling said. "I came out and hit well yesterday at practice, I just wanted to do the same thing today. I did alright, I think."Wendling did much more than just alright. The center fielder hit a sacrifice fly in the third to put Teutopolis on top 2-1, and his two-RBI double with two outs in the fourth gave the Wooden Shoes some breathing room midway through the game."Huge, huge performance at the plate by Chase," Fleener said. "Every time he came up he had to be moving somebody in, coming up big. Especially when they got that one run back, he doubled off the wall out there, excellent job of swinging."Wendling's double in the fourth, immediately following a meeting at the mound, answered the call after the Wooden Shoes surrendered their only run in the top of the same inning, when Standerfer crossed home off an error."They took a mound visit, and I went over and talked to coach," Wendling said of the double. "(Coach) said, 'Have fun out there, hit it like you were in practice.' I just felt it." Behind Wendling and the high-powered offense, the momentary slip-up on the error didn't faze the Teutopolis defense, and particularly Pruemer. The ace of the staff struck out a whopping twelve batters on the day, appropriately fanning Shelbyville's Luke McConnell to close the game."Our pitchers do well, first off, on the mound," Wendling said. "I think that all through the lineup we come out and back our pitchers up, thats good for us."Teutopolis improved to 28-3 on the season with the win, and Pruemer notched his seventh win on the year as the Wooden Shoes advanced to Monday's super-sectional.

Shelbyville	0 0 0	1 0 0	0	1 2 1Teutopolis	1 0 1	2 0 4	x	8 11 2WP - Pruemer		LP - Hawkins	

Shelbyville: Miller (1B); Eloe (2B).Teutopolis: Waldhoff (1B, 2B); Wendling (2 1B, 2B, 4 RBI); Wenthe (2 2B, RBI); Pruemer (2B, RBI); Gillespie (2B, RBI); Hardiek (3B); Will (2B, RBI).

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