TEUTOPOLIS -- St. Anthony and Teutopolis battled for the first time as Class 2A foes last night, and it was the Wooden Shoes feeling fortunate they had Jared Waldhoff on their side. Waldhoff was phenomenal both on the mound and at the plate, pitching a complete-game three-hitter while also lacing a single and triple in the batter’s box.
Behind their starter’s big night, Teutopolis came away with a comfortable 4-0 victory over rival St. Anthony.
“Jared was dominating out there tonight,” Wooden Shoes coach Justin Fleener said. “He did an excellent job of being around the plate. He threw well and he had some strikeouts, but he did a good job of getting ground-ball outs.”
Waldhoff was in command for the game’s duration, never facing more than four batters in one inning. Even more impressive, the Shoes’ starter faced a total of 23 batters on the evening, two above the minimum.
“He makes guys put the bat on the ball, and he forces that weak contact,” Fleener said.
The Bulldogs managed just three hitss, one coming in the first off a single from Ben Hecht who was thrown out stealing third to end the inning. The second St. Anthony hit occurred in the fourth, when Austin Bushur ripped a double to left center, but Waldhoff got Jacob Schuette to ground out on the ensuing at bat to end any trouble. Hecht singled again in the seventh inning.
“Tonight was just a night where one team was better than the other,” St. Anthony coach Kenny Miller said. “My hat’s off to T-town, they did a fantastic job.”
Offensively, Teutopolis gained control of the lead in the second inning and it wouldn’t look back from there. Kyle Pruemer doubled to deep right field, and Alex Goldstein singled to center to bring Pruemer home and get the Wooden Shoes on the board.