Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


July 14, 2014

Teutopolis takes down top-seed Vandalia

Borries fans 15 in in 6-4 win

ROBINSON — Teutopolis had to play two Sunday after a win over Robinson Post 69, taking on the district tournament’s top seed in Vandalia Post 95.

Vandalia didn’t have Andy Borries, however, as the Teutopolis southpaw struck out 15 batters over seven innings in a 6-4 win.

“They swing the bats well, I just buckled down,” Borries said.

Devin Smith, who won Post 924’s first game of the day against Robinson, pitched the final two innings and got the save, striking out four of his own.

Teutopolis entered the tournament as the fourth seed, but now will play in the winner’s bracket finals against Olney Post 30 at 7 p.m. tonight.

Vandalia has had Teutopolis’ number this season, beating them four times, including an 18-3 win at the Robinson Tournament earlier this month.

“It did feel good (to beat them),” said Teutopolis coach Randy Mette. “All the other tournaments are fun to play, but these are the ones that count.”

Vandalia struck first in the day’s final game. Johnnie Clift and Connor Beasley led off the third innings with singles, and came around to score on a two-run double by Dalton Crisman.

Post 924 began to battle back in the fourth inning. Post 95 had been playing excellent defense, but Kyle Smith reached on a two-out throwing error by Vandalia’s Noah Powless. Smith reached second, and scored when Tyler Westendorf singled to right. Originally, Smith was held up at third, but when right fielder Gavin Ratermann bobbled the ball picking it up, Smith came in to cut the score to 2-1.

In the fifth, Teutopolis led off with a single by Jordan Bloemer. He advanced all the way to third on a groundout to Powless by Devin Smith with some heady baserunning. After a Brock Mette walk, Bloemer scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at 2-2.

Post 95 answered back in the fifth with two more. An Austin Schwarm double put runners on second and third with one out. Borries looked like he’d escape the inning after striking out Powless and inducing a grounder to short by Ryan Miller, but the ball got under the glove of Devin Smith and two runs scored to make it 4-2.

The game continued to seesaw, as Teutopolis took advantage of some Vandalia mistakes. Post 924 loaded the bases on a walk, a bunt single and an error on new pitcher Nate Ketchem. Kyle Smith scored on a wild pitch, and when Ketchem attempted to pick off Westendorf at third, his throw went wild and both Westendorf and Tommy Flach scored on the error.

Up 5-4, Teutopolis scored again on a sacrifice fly by Devin Smith and took a 6-4 lead to the bottom of the sixth.

“We worked through some errors, and we forced the issue with some bunts,” Mette said.

Both teams would remain scoreless from there, with Borries finishing out the seventh and Smith pitching out of a jam with runners on second and third with one out, notching two strikeouts.

For Borries, the gameplan was simple.

“I just wanted to throw strikes and get outs,” he said.

Westendorf was 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base, Jordan Bloemer was 2-for-3 with two runs and a stolen base, while Kyle Smith scored twice.

Now, Teutopolis has at least two games left and are potentially two wins away from winning the whole tournament. They face Olney at 7 p.m. in Robinson.

Teutopolis Post 924     000     114     000     6 7 4

Vandalia Post 95     020     020     000     4 5 4

WP - Borries (7 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 15 K, 3 BB) LP - Ketchem (1 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 K, 2 BB) SV - D. Smith (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 K, 0 BB)

Teutopolis: Roepke (1-5); D. Smith (0-3, RBI, BB); Mette (0-3, 2 BB); Thoele (1-4, HBP); K. Smith (1-3, 2 R, 2 BB); Westendorf (2-4, R, SB); Flach (0-3, R, BB); Bloemer (2-3, 2 R, SB)

Vandalia: Ratermann (0-4, R, BB); Schwarm (1-3, 2B, R, BB); Miller (1-4, 2B); Clift (1-4, R); Beasley (1-1, R, BB); Crisman (1-4, 2B, 2 RBI)

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