Teutopolis couldn't have started each of the first three quarters any better.
The Wooden Shoes Shoes took an 11-0 lead in the first five minutes of the first quarter and started the second and third quarters on 7-0 and 9-0 runs, respectively.
Their third-quarter outburst gave them the 17-point lead that was too much for Greenville to come back from. The Shoes won 64-53 to advance to Tuesday's Class 2A Carbondale Super-Sectional at Southern Illinois University. It's Teutopolis' fourth-straight trip to the Super-Sectional round.
“Coach always tells us to start out a game with a lot of fire and effort and that's what we did here tonight,” senior Bobby Wenthe said. “That goes to show we have what it takes. People always said this year wasn't our year, but I'm ready to prove people wrong.”
Wenthe was among the Shoes' leaders, finishing with 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds as Teutopolis stood up against each comeback Greenville made.
The Shoes led wire-to-wire in the win, but Teutopolis head coach Andy Fehrenbacher refused to count the Comets out because of what he saw in Greenville's sectional win on Wednesday.
Greenville (19-13) beat Carlinville 45-41, after trailing the entire game, until taking a lead with about 30 seconds left. Fehrenbacher hoped his players wouldn't forget that finish.
“You get out to an 11-0 lead like we had and sometimes that's good and sometimes you have to guard against that,” Fehrenbacher said. “It's great, but you don't want your kids to get complacent.”
The Comets humbled the Shoes in the first quarter. They finished on a 10-3 run, after the Shoes' 11-0 start, to trail by only four points.
Teutopolis' 7-0 start to the second quarter managed to leave them ahead by eight points at halftime. Their 9-0 run to kick off the second half helped them take a 16-point lead into the fourth.
Fehrenbacher knew Greenville wouldn't quit and the Comets didn't. Jacob Hall and Will Schaufelberger made back-t0-back 3-pointers, to bring the Comets within seven points, 60-53, with 53 seconds left.
“They're not going to quit,” Fehrenbacher said. “They were flat on fire. We were fortunate to get a 16-point lead, but needed every bit.”
Austin Lawrence led most of the Comets' comeback attempts, finishing with a game-high 24 points — 17 points better than the Comets' next highest scorer.
Reed Hardiek finished with 19 points to lead the Shoes. He went 8-for-9 from the free throw line with his four most important attempts coming after the Comets drew within seven.
The Comets' back-to-back 3-pointers came before and after Wenthe missed two free throws. Hardiek stepped up to the line and sank two free throws with 51 seconds left, to take a nine-point lead. He made two more later for the final points of the game.
Teutopolis (21-9) will meet Nashville at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Nashville beat Mt. Carmel, 63-55, in DuQuoin to advance to the super-sectional.
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Greenville 10 14 5 24 53
Teutopolis 14 18 13 19 64
Greenville: Schaufelberger 3, Faulkner 2, Young 4, Hall 7, Hutcheson 5, Lawrence 24, Leitschah 2, Holden 5, Laesch 1
Teutopolis: Bro. Mette 7, Will 4, Wenthe 17, Gebben 2, Hardiek 19, Thoele 3, Bre. Mette 12
Wooden Shoes top Greenville 64-53
Teutopolis couldn't have started each of the first three quarters any better.
Effingham's season comes to a close with 11-1 loss to Salem
A 1-0 lead for Effingham Post 120 rapidly evaporated, and the post’s Junior Legion season came to an end with a 11-1 loss in five innings to Salem Post 128 Tuesday night.
The game was for the final spot of District 23 in the divisional tournament, with Newton Post 20 and Breese Post 252 Gray punching their tickets by winning their district divisions.
Newton Post 20 falls short against Breese Gray 9-3
While the District 23 title ultimately exceeded Newton Post 20’s grasp, their season will continue in Bethalto.
Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
“The innings where they put some runs on us, we gave them some extra outs,” said Newton coach John Grunloh. “You’ve got to make the plays when you play better teams.”
Barnes' one-hitter boosts Post 120; Effingham beats Dieterich 1-0
Ryan Barnes hasn’t seen a lot of time with Effingham Post 120’s junior legion team this season, but he showed up in a big way Monday night in a 1-0 win over Dieterich Post 628.
The win kept Effingham’s season alive one more day in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament, as the post will face Salem Post 128 at 5:30 p.m. today for the district’s final spot in the divisional round. Salem Post 128 downed Mt. Vernon Post 141 1-0 in the West Division loser’s bracket, setting up the final with Effingham today.
Newton Post 20 tops Effingham Post 120 7-5 late
Most of the games at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament have seen pitching take control, but the pitchers in Sunday night's Effingham Post 120/Newton Post 20 game faced an uphill battle.
While Brock Mammoser started the game for Post 20 on the hill and struggled, he came through with the biggest hit in the game, putting Newton up for good in a 7-5 win over Effingham.
Dieterich Post 628 eliminates Teutopolis Post 924 3-2
Errors proved to be Teutpolis Post 924's undoing against Dieterich Post 628, as Dieterich's sixth-inning rally in an 3-2 win were boosted by three Teutopolis errors
To lead off the sixth, Trenton Poe reached on an error by Brock Bueker, and came around to score on an infield single by Ryan Radloff with a throwing error on Bueker. Poe was already on third when the ball went in the Teutopolis dugout, awarding Poe home to tie the game.
Bryce McClain followed with an RBI single to score Radloff and put Post 628 up for good. Dieterich scored again on a Briar Schmidt groundout where first baseman Brant Bueker tried to get an inning-ending out at second, but the throw was wild and brought home McClain.
Teutopolis, Deters down Altamont Post 512 2-0
TEUTOPOLIS — Lucas Deters didn't get a ton of run support from his Teutopolis Post 924 teammates, but he didn't need much in a complete-game shutout, and Teutopolis ended Altamont Post 512's season with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon.
Deters' efforts at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament kept Teutopolis alive in the loser's bracket to face Dieterich Post 628 immediately following the win.
Two-out rally pushes Dieterich to win; Post 628 beats Vandalia Post 95 4-3
Down one with two outs and Vandalia Post 95 ace Zach Schaal coming in in relief, Dieterich Post 628 had a tough task to keep its season alive.
But down 3-2, Cole Hartke and Charlie Thoele laced back-to-back singles to score Briar Schmidt and Flach, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead.
Clayton Campton held the lead in the seventh, striking out two and getting Post 95 in order to keep Dieterich's season alive.
Late Newton rally downs Robinson 4-2
Newton Post 20 rarely had an answer for Robinson Post 69's Brayden Burch, but thanks to a few key Robinson errors, Newton took their District 23 opener 4-2 Friday night.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Mitch Jansen led off with a walk, followed by Tim Weber reaching on an error by Robinson shortstop Zander Laino and a bunt single by Luke Geier.
Mike Carr came through with a bloop single to center, scoring Jansen to put Newton up 2-1.Burch struck out John Grunloh and Joe Stone, but second baseman Cameron Neese booted a grounder by Mitch Bierman and two more runs scored.
Teutopolis takes down South Central 3-1
Teutopolis Post 924 scored its first run two batters into the game and would never trail from there, holding off late rallies from South Central Post 519 to win 3-1 at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament Friday night.
Post 120 pulls away from Dieterich
A pitcher’s duel between Effingham’s Will Clausius and Dieterich’s Charlie Thoele broke not at the plate, but on the mound.
Tied 0-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Effingham Post 120 got its first run via a bases-loaded, two out balk. The lead would hold up as Post 120’s offense sparked, and Effingham beat Dieterich Post 628 5-0 in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament opener.
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