TEUTOPOLIS — Bobby Wenthe isn’t necessarily “swinging for the fences,” but his long drives have turned into home runs recently, including a grand slam to lead Teutopolis to a 13-3 win on Wednesday.
The Eastern Illinois baseball commit hit a grand slam over the right field fence during a two-out rally that resulted in six more runs after three early runs in the third inning. It was his sixth home run of the season, according to the Wooden Shoes’ online statistics.
Wenthe said one of his teammates told him before his second at-bat of the inning, that Windsor/Stew-Stras pitcher Dylan Ohnesorge had been throwing fastballs right down the middle of the plate if he got behind in the count.
“He threw one outside, so I was iffy on whether or not he would throw another fastball,” Wenthe said of his mid-count adjustment. “He did, right down the middle, and I took a pretty easy swing at it. The ball just went.”
Wenthe’s grand slam brought in the final four runs of the inning, as Alex Goldstein lined out to the third baseman, who had to jump in the air to steal a base hit away from the Teutopolis catcher, leaving two players stranded on base.
The damage was done, though, as Teutopolis pitcher Louis Niemerg retired the side in each of the final two innings and Windsor/Stew-Stras couldn’t recover from giving up six runs with two outs in the third.
“I thought we’d get out of it in better shape than what it looked like,” Windsor/Stew-Stras head coach Mike Taylor said. “When you get behind (in pitch counts), they’re going to smoke the ball all over the place.”
The first three Teutopolis batters reached base to start the third inning, while Windsor/Stew-Stras starter Bryce Bugger pitched in a 3-3 game.