By BRADEN LAYER Daily News
Effingham Daily News
---- — 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.
“Kyle started it out, we had some nice at bats,” Fleener said. “I was very pleased with our efforts at the plate tonight.”
Teutopolis tacked on a pair in the third, starting with Waldhoff’s single to right field and a subsequent stolen base. Now on second, Waldhoff reached home plate following an RBI single to right field from Chase Wendling.
Bobby Wendthe sent Wendling home when he launched an absolute rocket straight into the night sky, falling harmlessly to the right field turf when a pair of St. Anthony defenders had trouble locating the ball. After three, Teutopolis led 3-0.
“They put on a hitting clinic,” Miller said. “They squared up a kid (Hecht) who’s not easy to square up.”
The final run of the day came in the fifth, when Waldhoff solidied his status as the game’s hero with a deep triple. One batter later, Wendling brought in his second run of the game with a sac fly to left.
“Our bats did what we have been focusing on,” Fleener said. “That’s to make contact and make some things happen.”
Waldhoff finished the day with eight strikeouts in seven innings of action, also walking just one St. Anthony batter. The Wooden Shoes improved to 15-2 following the win, and are back in action today for a doubleheader at Marshall.
Hecht picked up the loss for the Bulldogs, also pitching a complete game in which he struck out eight but allowed four runs on seven hits. St. Anthony fell to 14-5 following the defeat, and Miller’s squad will take on both St. Theresa and St. Joseph tomorrow afternoon at home.
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St. Anthony 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
Teutopolis 0 1 2 0 1 0 x 4 7 1
WP - Waldhoff LP - Hecht
St. Anthony: Hecht (2 1B); Bushur (2B).
Teutopolis: Waldhoff (1B, 3B); Wendling (1B, 2 RBI); Pruemer (2B); Goldstein (2 1B, RBI); Will (2 1B).