Devin Smith and Matt Koester combined to throw a complete-game shutout as Teutopolis Post 924 opened the district tournament with a 9-0 win over Robinson Post 69.
Three early runs put Teutopolis up after their first at-bats, and Robinson never threatened as Teutopolis one its first game in the double elimination tournament, advancing to face Vandalia Post 95 later Sunday night.
“Good game for everybody,” said Teutopolis coach Randy Mette. “The kids played loose, and be loose coming into tonight’s game. They all said too that this is districts, these are the games that matter.”
Brock Mette got the offense rolling in the first with an RBI double that scored Jacob Roepke. Andy Borries scored Mette with a groundout to first base, and Tommy Flach hit a double over left fielder Jonny Sheil to bring home Jordan Thoele.
The offense stalled for a few innings from there, with Teutopolis scoring two runs in the fifth. Tyler Westendorf came up with two outs and runners on first and second, rolling a slow grounder to third. Fortunately for Post 924, it hit the base and popped straight up, allowing Westendorf to scoot into second and scoring Mette. Flach followed it up with an RBI single to make it 5-0.
Flach had another RBI in the seventh inning and Jordan Bloemer had a two-run single, and Mette had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to round out the scoring.
“The hitting came in timely whenever we got guys on, and we forced the issue when we could,” Randy Mette said.
Smith pitched the first five innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five.
While Randy Mette was impressed with his outing, he also got four scoreless relief innings from Matt Koester, who didn’t allow a hit and only gave up two walks in the ninth for the only Robinson baserunners.
“Matt surprised me a bit too,” Mette said. “It’s been a while since he’s thrown. He’s been spot innings for us all year long, and he threw darts all game long. Devin was real consistent. Happy with the way both threw.”
Roepke was 2-for-5, Thoele was 2-for-4 with three runs, Flach was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Bloemer drove in two with a 1-for-4 day.
Robinson Post 69 000 000 000 0 2 5
Teutopolis Post 924 300 020 31X 9 10 0
WP - D. Smith (5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 K, 2 BB) LP - Woods (6.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 8 K, 2 BB) SV - Koester (4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 K, 2 BB)
Robinson: Goodwin (0-2, 2 BB); Ramsey (1-2, BB, HBP); Woods (1-4); Grissom (0-2, BB)
Teutopolis: Roepke (2-5, 2 R, 2 SB); D. Smith (1-5); Mette (2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R); Thoele (2-4, 3 R, BB, SB); Borries (0-2, RBI); Westendorf (1-3, 2B, RBI); Flach (2-4, 2B, 3 RBI); K. Smith (1-3, R, BB, SB); Bloemer (1-4, 2 RBI)