Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


May 6, 2014

Probst, Shoes down Hearts 9-1

TEUTOPOLIS — Effingham started the third inning with two hits, putting runners on second and third base with no outs, down 2-0, but Teutopolis starting pitcher Darren Probst held on.

A sacrifice fly scored the Flaming Hearts' first run, but Probst struck out Carter Hayes and Swayde Sanders to end the inning, which was the start of Probst retiring nine in a row.

“It's huge to only give up one run in that situation,” Teutopolis head coach Justin Fleener said. “He's going to be put in that situation more this year with some of the good teams we have coming up.”

The Hearts stranded runners on second and third base in the second inning, before bringing one run across in the third. Probst didn't give up another hit after Braydon Bone's third-inning double.

Probst pitched six innings, giving up four hits and one run, in Teutopolis' 9-1 win on Monday. He struck out six batters and walked two.

“We started out hitting the ball,” Effingham head coach Chris Fleener said. “I thought our bats went kind of cold after that.”

Teutopolis' bats were steady throughout the game. Alex Goldstein started the scoring with a two-run single in the first inning, putting the Wooden Shoes on top 2-0.

The Shoes added two runs in the third inning before a one-out RBI single by Reed Hardiek triggered the end of Bone's night on the mound.

Bone left after 3 1-3 innings. He gave up five runs on six hits and left with four strikeouts. Sanders replaced him and threw the last 2 2-3 innings, giving up four runs.

Cody Will's RBI double started the scoring in the fifth inning. Will came around to score on a passed ball for the third run of the inning.

Will had a pair of RBIs in the game, including the fifth-inning double and an RBI single in the sixth to score the team's ninth run of the game.

“We had some big hits when runners were in scoring position,” Justin Fleener said.

Will and Goldstein had a team-high two RBIs in the game, while Hardiek and Louis Niemerg both added one RBI for the Shoes.

the Hearts' four hits were separated between four players. Bone and Sanders had the the team's only extra base hits of the game.

“We just needed to get a couple more hits together,” Chris Fleener said. “We've been trying to put multiple hits back-to-back this year. We're still trying to find the right combination.”

Teutopolis (20-4) is back in action at 4:15 p.m. today against North Clay in Louisville. The Hearts (12-10) host Flora on Friday.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

Effingham     001 000 0     1 4 2

Teutopolis     202 131 X     9 10 0

WP - Probst (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 6 K, 2 BB) LP - Bone (3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 K, 3 BB)

Effingham: Bone (2B), Walker (RBI), Sanders (2B, BB), Mahaffey (1B), Koester (1B)

Teutopolis: Kenter (1B), Hardiek (1B, RBI, 2 BB), Wenthe (1B, BB), Probst (1B, HBP), Goldstein (1B, BB, 2 RBI), Hartke (BB), Flach (1B), Niemerg (2B, RBI), Will (1B, 2B, 2 RBI), Mette (2B, BB)

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