“We were going up there taking way too many pitches, getting behind in the count,” Dokey said. “It's hard to hit when you take one swing.”
Teutopolis hit a dry spell after leaving three men on base in the third inning, as Ziegler retired the next five batters; however, the sixth inning started with a triple by senior Bobby Wenthe and Teutopolis built a lead.
Probst hit an RBI double and then was driven in by senior Justin Kenter, who hit a single that brought in two runs.
Teutopolis scored two runs with two outs in the sixth inning to cap off their 7-1 win, led by Probst's two-RBI night.
Ziegler, who kept Altamont in the game, gave up five runs in the final two innings and took the loss. He gave up seven hits in six innings of work, while striking out five batters.
Teutopolis head coach Justin Fleener said his team did a good job adjusting to what Ziegler was throwing its way.
“Our guys knew how to adjust and we adjusted well enough in this game to get guys in scoring positions,” Fleener said.
Niemerg struck out five in his six innings of work, while senior Andy Borries entered the game in the seventh to close out the game.
There is still room for improvement, Fleener said, as Altamont won the second game of the doubleheader, 2-1.
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Altamont 001 000 0 1 5 2Teutopolis 020 032 - 7 10 1
WP - Niemerg LP - ZieglerTeutopolis: 2B: Probst, Goldstein 3B: Wenthe SF: Niemerg SB: Flach, Hardiek, Probst, Will 2, Kenter Altamont: SAC: Miller SB: Ziegler CS: Borders
Altamont 000 002 0 2 4 2Teutopolis 001 000 0 1 7 0
WP - C. Miller LP - SmithAltamont: SF: Armstrong SB: Miller, Armstrong 2 Teutopolis: HBP: Johnson 2B: Thoele SB: Bloemer, Roepke