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.
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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)
Zach Gardewine gripped the game ball tightly in his right hand and smiled.
Newton Post 20 tops Effingham Post 120 7-5 late
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While Brock Mammoser started the game for Post 20 on the hill and struggled, he came through with the biggest hit in the game, putting Newton up for good in a 7-5 win over Effingham.
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To lead off the sixth, Trenton Poe reached on an error by Brock Bueker, and came around to score on an infield single by Ryan Radloff with a throwing error on Bueker. Poe was already on third when the ball went in the Teutopolis dugout, awarding Poe home to tie the game.
Bryce McClain followed with an RBI single to score Radloff and put Post 628 up for good. Dieterich scored again on a Briar Schmidt groundout where first baseman Brant Bueker tried to get an inning-ending out at second, but the throw was wild and brought home McClain.
Teutopolis, Deters down Altamont Post 512 2-0
TEUTOPOLIS — Lucas Deters didn't get a ton of run support from his Teutopolis Post 924 teammates, but he didn't need much in a complete-game shutout, and Teutopolis ended Altamont Post 512's season with a 2-0 win Sunday afternoon.
Deters' efforts at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament kept Teutopolis alive in the loser's bracket to face Dieterich Post 628 immediately following the win.
Two-out rally pushes Dieterich to win; Post 628 beats Vandalia Post 95 4-3
Down one with two outs and Vandalia Post 95 ace Zach Schaal coming in in relief, Dieterich Post 628 had a tough task to keep its season alive.
But down 3-2, Cole Hartke and Charlie Thoele laced back-to-back singles to score Briar Schmidt and Flach, respectively, to take a 4-3 lead.
Clayton Campton held the lead in the seventh, striking out two and getting Post 95 in order to keep Dieterich's season alive.
Late Newton rally downs Robinson 4-2
Newton Post 20 rarely had an answer for Robinson Post 69's Brayden Burch, but thanks to a few key Robinson errors, Newton took their District 23 opener 4-2 Friday night.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Mitch Jansen led off with a walk, followed by Tim Weber reaching on an error by Robinson shortstop Zander Laino and a bunt single by Luke Geier.
Mike Carr came through with a bloop single to center, scoring Jansen to put Newton up 2-1.Burch struck out John Grunloh and Joe Stone, but second baseman Cameron Neese booted a grounder by Mitch Bierman and two more runs scored.
Teutopolis takes down South Central 3-1
Teutopolis Post 924 scored its first run two batters into the game and would never trail from there, holding off late rallies from South Central Post 519 to win 3-1 at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament Friday night.
Post 120 pulls away from Dieterich
A pitcher’s duel between Effingham’s Will Clausius and Dieterich’s Charlie Thoele broke not at the plate, but on the mound.
Tied 0-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Effingham Post 120 got its first run via a bases-loaded, two out balk. The lead would hold up as Post 120’s offense sparked, and Effingham beat Dieterich Post 628 5-0 in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament opener.
Vandalia upsets second-seeded Altamont
Altamont Post 512 never got the bats going, falling to Vandalia Post 95 5-2 in their Junior Legion District 23 tournament opener Thursday night.
Altamont, coming off a trip to the state tournament last summer, was upset by Vandalia and Zach Schaal. Post 512 was the second seed in the tournament, but Schaal was up to the challenge for seventh-seeded Vandalia.
He pitched a complete game, knocking Altamont to the loser’s bracket — where they battled their way out of at last year’s district tournament to make the divisional round. Altamont scored two runs late on an error by shortstop Matt Radamachier, but those were the post’s only runs.
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