For the Daily News
Christian Vonderheide had the luxury of choosing which was better.
It was either the grand slam, or a complete game shutout thrown by the right hander.
“They are both pretty equal,” Vonderheide said. “Pitching is more of my thing. The grand slam I got lucky. I swung hard, and I was lucky enough for it to go over the fence."
The win could be more important as Windsor/Stew-Stras pounded a 12-0 win over Charleston at CHS Field.
Alex Allen recorded a 4-for-4 afternoon, while Derek Moschenrose was also perfect, going 3-for-3. Each had two RBIs for a team that bashed 13 hits.
“We are just on at the plate right now,” Windsor/Stew-Stras coach Mike Taylor said. “We have 12 to 13 guys that are hitting extremely well. It's hard to get them all in. It's a nice problem to have.”
Allen was the focal point of the offense, leading the game off with a single. Brandon Helmuth followed with a walk, and the runners were in scoring position after Vonderheide moved them over with a grounder. Hayden Cole picked up the sac fly.
The bats continued to stay hot with a leadoff double from Bryse Bugger in the second inning. It was deja vu as Derek Maschenrose walked right after, and the runners were in scoring position after a grounder from Devin Deremiah.
This time, it was Allen with a RBI single and Helmuth notching a sac fly. Allen added another RBI single in the third inning in part to his four-hit day.
Allen's RBI came after a two-run single from Moschenrose in the three run inning that broke the game wide open in the co-op's favor. Cole added a RBI double in the sixth. Vonderheide's slam in the seventh inning closed the book on the Trojans.
“We knew that if they threw Vonderheide that we would have to keep it down to three or four runs,” said Charleston coach Derrick Landrus.
Jonah Moore was roughed up in the loss, allowing seven runs and 12 hits in six innings. Dallas Wilson and Kurt Smith combined for allowing the five-run seventh inning.
“We needed innings out of Jonah,” said Landrus. “We didn't have any relif pitching behind him. We have used them all up this week, and we have two games (today). Dallas and Kurt haven't pitched that much this year. We are a little banged up right now.”
Charleston did not find a hit until the third inning, a double coming from Mason McGahee. Charleston threatened with two hits in the fifth inning with two outs, but Vonderheide kept the Trojans on pins and needles.
Vonderheide finished with a line of seven innings of no runs, allowing just four hits, two walks, with six strikeouts.
“It's great having the run support behind you,” Vonderheide said. “You don't have to feel like you have to throw a perfect pitch every time.”
The loss drops Charleston to 4-9 on the season. The Trojans will conclude their up and down week by traveling to Salem today with an Apollo Conference doubleheader.
For Windsor/Stew-Stras, it was a big win for the Class 1A school. The win improved the team to 11-3 on the season with some confidence added with a win over a Class 3A school.
“This is the second 3A team we have played,” said Taylor. “We lost to Champaign Central. They are 16-0, and it was a good game. We have played a lot of 2A schools too. The kids want to compete. They believe they can compete with them. That's why they want to play this tougher competition.”
Windsor/Stew-Stras returns to action today at home. The team will first host Robinson at 10:00 a.m. and Cerro Gordo at 2:00.
Windsor/Stew-Stras 123 001 5 12 13 0
Charleston 000 000 0 0 4 3
WP - Vonderheide (7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 R, 6 K, 2 BB) LP - Moore (6 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 K, 5 BB)
Windsor/Stew-Stras: Allen (4-4, 2 RBI, 2 R); Helmuth (0-3, RBI); Vonderheide (2-3, GS HR, 4 RBI, 2 R); Cole (2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R); Kramer (0-3, R); Ohnesorge (1-3, 2B, R); Bugger (1-4, 2B, R); Moschenrose (3-3, 2 RBI, R); Deremiah (0-3, R)
Charleston: Englekes (1-3); McGahee (1-3, 2B); Wilson (1-3); Crews (1-2)