Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


July 1, 2014

Wolff leads Post 512 in shutout win

Altamont sweeps Dieterich in doubleheader

DIETERICH — Klaiton Wolff’s stellar summer season for Altamont Post 512 continued on Monday.

Dieterich Post 628 smacked only one ball through the infield against Wolff, who shut them down in a one-hit performance to lead Altamont to a 5-0 win.

Ryan Radloff was Dieterich’s lone hitter against Wolff, opening up a hit down the first base line in the second inning. A pair of strikeouts and a ground out, in the frame, stalled Post 628.

Wolff was busy fielding his position when he wasn’t striking players out on Monday. He retired batters on three bouncers to the mound and made the final out of the game by covering first base on a ground out. He struck out 10 players along the way.

“What can you say about that kid,” Post 512 coach Alan Whitt said. “He’s got everything.”

Wolff, who threw a no-hitter earlier this summer, showed another example of his dominance. Whitt said Wolff’s location, variety and smarts make him a promising high school player.

“He’s ready to be on that varsity level and probably beyond,” Whitt said.

Wolff was one of the top hitters on Altamont’s varsity squad this spring, but went 0-for-3 from the plate on Monday. He had help around him, though, that got him run support.

Caden Miller and Devon Guerrettaz drove in runs in the first inning in Dieterich after a leadoff walk by Nick Miller. Caden and Nick Miller each stole a base in the inning.

Post 512 was blanked for the next three innings against Dieterich starter Charlie Thoele, who threw all seven innings. Thoele gave up nine hits and five runs, while striking out five.

A one-out single by Cody Grove started a rally for Post 512 in the fifth inning. Grove was the first in a string of three consecutive hits, highlighted by Caden Miller’s two-run single.

Miller had three RBIs and two hits on the night, while Nick Miller had two singles and a walk. Whitt said Caden Miller is a player who may struggle from time to time, but always comes through when its needed.

“That’s a nice game,” Whitt said.

Kolby Pemberton was part of a one-run seventh inning. He singled and moved two bases on back-to-back passed balls. Nick Miller’s single scored Pemberton, giving Altamont a 5-0 advantage.

Post 512 also had hits in every inning except the third; however, Caden Miller reached by being hit by a pitch to lead off the third.

“Our philosophy is to put the pressure on the defense and get the boys moving on the bases and things will happen,” Whitt said.

Dieterich only had one base runner. Wolff didn’t walk anyone in the game, limiting any potential scoring threats for Post 628.

Wolff was again the star of the second game of the doubleheader, a 12-0 win, but in a different way. Wolff went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the win.

Post 512 put up seven runs in the second inning, after a one-run first, then four more in the third inning to jump on Dieterich early.

Trenton Poe, Mitchell Esker and Dalton Bloemer had one hit apiece for Dieterich.

Grove limited Dieterich from the mound. He pitched five innings, giving up three hits and three walks. He struck out four hitters in the game. Paul Thoele took the loss for Dieterich.

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

Altamont Post 512     200 020 1     5 9 0

Dieterich Post 628     000 000 0     0 1 1

WP: Wolff (7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 10 K)

LP: Thoele (7 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 5 K, 1 BB)

Altamont: N Miller (2 1B, BB, RBI), C Miller (2 1B, HBP, 3 RBI), Guerrettaz (1B, RBI), Rexroad (1B), Pemberton (2 1B), Grove (1B)

Dieterich: Radloff (1B)

Altamont Post 512     174 00     12 11 0

Dieterich Post 628     000 00     0 3 4

WP: Grove (5 IP, 4 K, 3 BB, 3 H, 0 R)

LP: P Thoele (2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 3 BB)

Altamont: N Miller (2 1B, BRI), C Miller (1B, RBI), Wolff (1B, 2B, 2 RBI), Guerrettaz (1B, RBI), Rexroad (1B, RBI), Caravello (2 1B, RBI), Freezeland (1B, RBI)

Dieterich: Poe (1B), Esker (1B), Bloemer (1B)

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