Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


April 23, 2014

Pitcher's duel: Gardewine leads St. Anthony over Teutopolis 1-0

EFFINGHAM — Zach Gardewine gripped the game ball tightly in his right hand and smiled.

It’s not every day a pitcher shuts out the loaded Teutopolis lineup and he knew it. Gardewine became the first player to blank the Wooden Shoes, in St. Anthony’s 1-0 win on Tuesday, since Dieterich duo Tanner Traub and Jake Bohnhoff on March 22, 2013.

The Shoes (12-3) have beat teams by an average of 7-1/2 runs in their 12 wins this season, but didn’t have an answer for Gardewine, who can’t remember the last time St. Anthony beat the Shoes.

“We haven’t beat T-Town in forever,” Gardewine said. “It feels great.”

Gardewine gave up six hits in seven innings, facing no more than five batters in one frame, and got the better result against Teutopolis starter Darren Probst, who also pitched a gem — only allowing three hits.

Gardewine pitched to contact, ending the night without a strikeout, but not the contact the Shoes wanted.

“They can throw the whole lineup at you,” Gardewine said. “I kept telling myself to keep the ball low. I threw the ball where I wanted it and (the defense) made the plays.”

One of the defense’s biggest plays started in front of him, when St. Anthony catcher Eli Dasenbrock threw out Teutopolis’ Justin Kenter on an attempted steal, for the second out of the seventh inning.

Gardewine said the play settled him down to refocus on making the last out of the game, as the Shoes attempted to comeback from a one-run deficit.

Kenter singled and became the tying run at first base. Teutopolis head coach Justin Fleener said Kenter saw a pitch in the dirt and made an aggressive move.

“He knew we needed to get a runner in scoring position,” Fleener said. “That’s what we’re looking for out of some guys, but it didn’t happen there.”

Cody Will singled a few pitches later, but Tommy Flach lined out to St. Anthony third baseman Ethan Greene, who made yet another tough play for his pitcher, to end the game.

“I try not to walk batters,” Gardewine said. “I try to throw strikes and see where the ball lies. (The defense) made all the plays and that’s all a pitcher can ask for.”

Probst, who retired the side in each of the last three innings, was potentially one play short of taking the pitching duel into extra innings.

St. Anthony’s Braden Puckett led off the second inning with a single and stole second base. Bryar Jansen grounded into the second out of the inning, but moved Puckett to third.

Drew Gibson hit a slow roller through the infield grass, but Will at shortstop couldn’t get it off the ground. Gibson reached and Puckett scored the Bulldogs’ only run of the game.

“Against a pitcher like that, that’s how you have to score a run,” St. Anthony head coach Kenny Koenig said.

The early run turned out to be the only one St. Anthony (7-8) needed with the pitching performance it got from Gardewine, who pitched the last inning of the Bulldogs’ win against Altamont on Monday.

“How about that kid,” Koenig said. “We talked about having that bulldog attitude on the mound and he had it today. That was one of the better pitching performances I’ve seen in a long time.”

On Monday, Koenig said he told Gardewine he needed to throw fewer than 10 pitches in the seventh inning against Altamont to start on Tuesday.

He threw eight.

Teutopolis biggest threat came in the sixth. Bobby Wenthe and Reed Hardiek stood on first and second base with one out, but Gardewine retired Probst and Alex Goldstein back-to-back to get out of the jam.

“The law of averages kind of balanced out on us,” Fleener said. “We found their defenders.

They put a guy on third base and we just didn’t make that final out like we needed to.”

St. Anthony plays for the third consecutive day at 4:30 p.m. today, hosting Charleston. Teutopolis turns around and plays a 4 p.m. game on Friday against Mt. Zion.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

Teutopolis     000 000 0     0 6 1

St. Anthony     010 000 X     1 3 0

WP - Gardewine (7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB) LP - Probst (6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 6 K, 1 BB)

Teutopolis: Hardiek (1B), Wenthe (BB), Goldstein (1B), Kenter (2 1B), Will (2 1B)

St. Anthony: Williams (1B), Lorenz (1B), Bushur (BB), Puckett (1B, SB, R), Gibson (RBI)

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