Teutopolis scored 13 runs in the first inning while sending 18 batters to the plate, setting the foundation for a 17-2 rout of Neoga in five innings Thursday afternoon.
Bobby Wenthe started the scoring with a three-run home run to right that hit a truck in the parking lot, with Cody Will and Wenthe lacing two run doubles later in the inning. Reed Hardiek, Darren Probst, Alex Goldstein, Louis Niemerg and Austin Hartke each had RBIs in the inning as well.
“We jumped on them early pretty good, our bats were zeroed in early,” said Teutopolis coach Justin Fleener. “I’ve said this before, these guys feed off each other. Once the bats started rolling along, they all started rolling along.
Even with the big first, some things could have dramatically altered that inning. Neoga committed errors on the first two plays of the inning, setting up the two batters for Wenthe’s homer, but the Indians could have had two outs instead of none when Wenthe made it 3-0.
Neoga coach Ted Kerner recognized how big a role those mistakes made.
“We made errors on the first two batters of the game then Bobby hit a home run,” he said. “When you give extra outs to good teams, they make you pay for it.”
After the big first inning, Fleener pulled most of the starters, eventually getting all 19 players a turn at the plate. Twelve of them recorded hits on the day.
The Wooden Shoes racked up 16 hits on the day for their 17 runs, finding the holes in the Neoga defense for extra-base hits throughout.
It was a stark contrast to the 1-0 win over Mattoon the Shoes had on Wednesday afternoon.
“That’s baseball, some days it’s finding the grass and some days it’s finding their gloves,” Fleener said. “We’re still preparing for the month of May and hopefully the month of June.”
Hartke had the best day offensively, going 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs on the day. Goldstein was 2-for-3 with two triples, an RBI, three runs and a stolen base on the afternoon.
Wenthe was 2-for-2 with a double and the home run, driving in a game-high five runs. He also pitched four hitless innings, earning the win, despite walking six batters and allowing a run on the day.
The Indians were being no hit until they were down to their final out, when Jake Baker and Tyler Romack hit back-to-back doubles and made it 17-2.
Trevor Moore started and took the loss, getting two outs and allowing 11 runs before being pulled. For Neoga, 10-4-1, it’s a learning process.
“We have to learn something, today, I told the guys come playoff time, we’re going to run in to a good team like this and we’re going to want and compete and beat them,” Kerner said.
Neoga heads to Sullivan today, while Teutopolis (17-4) hosts Marshall for a doubleheader today.
Neoga 001 01 2 2 4
Teutopolis (13)01 3X 17 18 0
WP - Wenthe (4 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 K, 6 BB) LP - Moore (0.2 IP, 6 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 0 K, 3 BB)
Neoga: Monroe (0-2, BB); Baker (1-2, 2B, RBI, R); Romack (1-3, 2B, RB); Moore (0-1, BB); Rankin (0-1, BB, R); Easton (0-1, BB); Atwell (0-1, BB)
Teutopolis: Borries (1-2, BB); Ungrund (1-2); Wenthe (2-2, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R); Repking (1-1, R); Thoele (1-2, R); Flach (0-1, RBI, R); Johnson (2-2, RBI); Mette (1-4); Will (1-2, 2B, RBI, R, BB); Kenter (0-1, BB, 2 R); Niemerg (1-1, 2B, RBI, R, BB); Hardiek (1-2, RBI, 2 R); Goldstein (2-3, 2 3B, RBI, 3 R, SB); Probst (1-1, 2B, RBI, R); Hartke (3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R)