Darren Probst doubled to drive in Reed Hardiek and take the lead, 4-3, before Goldstein and Cody Will each hit RBI singles; however, Goldstein was thrown out in a pickle, during a hit-and-run attempt, for the second out of the inning with Justin Kenter at the plate.
“I gambled, thinking we might be able to do a hit-and-run action,” Teutopolis head coach Justin Fleener said. “I think Alex jumped early and had to start from dead feet, tried to run again, and they caught us on that one.”
Taylor said he thought his team would get out of the inning having only given up three runs, after tagging Goldstein out, but his pitchers couldn’t get ahead of a good hitting team.
Kenter walked and later scored, as he and the next three batters all came around to score in the inning that ended with nine runs on eight hits.
“Our bats went with a little bit different approach at the plate – a little more aggressive,” Fleener said of the third inning. “That big inning was the difference in the ball game.”
Wenthe’s grand slam was the cherry on top of the third inning, while Teutopolis won it in the bottom of the fifth inning on a bases-loaded walk by Jacob Roepke that scored Kyle Smith.
Wenthe continues to see the ball well this season, Fleener said, going 3-for-3 in the game with two singles and a grand slam.
“He’s always adjusting to what guys are throwing him at the plate,” Fleener said. “They make an adjustment and he makes an adjustment.”
In Tuesday’s game against Neoga, Wenthe hit a home run and a double to complete a two-RBI night, and has now hit a home run on back-to-back days.