TEUTOPOLIS — Riding a five-game winning streak, visiting Shelby County Posts 289/611/724 never trailed against Teutopolis Post 924 during Game 1 of Thursday’s Senior Legion five-inning doubleheader.
Shelby County scored first and broke a 1-1 tie with five unanswered runs, holding off a late Post 924 charge for a 6-4 victory to extend the streak to six.
One day after being named to the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State team, Christian Vonderheide pitched three innings of one-hit baseball to guide his team to the win. The Windsor/Stew-Stras right-hander struck out four in his time on the mound, surrendering one run off a Shelby County (10-6) error in the second.
Yet the run did not prove costly, as a number of uncharacteristic mistakes came back to haunt Post 924. Coach Collin Niemerg’s squad committed three errors and allowed one run off a passed ball.
“It was the big errors early in the ballgame that cost us,” he said. “At the end, it was too little too late.”
Shelby County wasted no time getting on the board in the first. Jake Keown (Shelbyville) hit an infield single and advanced to third off a sacrifice hit from Gunner Thies (Windsor/Stew-Stras) and walk to Hayden Cole (Windsor/Stew-Stras).
Post 924 starter Andy Borries (Teutopolis) delivered a pitch that catcher Jordan Thoele (Teutopolis) couldn’t handle in the ensuing at-bat, giving Keown an easy route home on a passed ball.
“Those mistakes will come back and get you,” Niemerg said.
It didn’t, at least momentarily. Post 924 tied the game in the second at one when Cody Will (Teutopolis) laced a triple to right center and scored off an error one batter later.
But Shelby County, riding the middle of its order and capitalizing on a pair of errors, tacked on five over the next two innings.