TEUTOPOLIS — After a 1-0 score between St. Anthony and Teutopolis on Friday afternoon, another low scoring affair was to be expected on Monday afternoon in Teutopolis.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Wooden Shoes didn’t get that memo, exploding for 13 hits and 11 runs in a five-inning, 11-1 victory.
Michael Gillespie made sure the Bulldogs didn’t get anything going offensively, allowing only five hits while striking out 13 hitters and not issuing a walk.
Of the 15 outs Gillespie recorded, only two weren’t strikeouts. He struck out the side in the second, third and fifth innings, scattering a couple hits between strikeouts in the second and the fifth and fanning three straight in the third.
“Michael did a heck of a job on the mound,” Teutopolis head coach Justin Fleener said.
“He’s been doing that all year.”
Gillespie added that he was just trying not to let the top four hitters in St. Anthony’s batting order get too many good pitches to hit.
“I just tried to hit my corners and keep my curveball low,” he said.
Throughout the game, Gillespie would bounce some pitches in the dirt and throw some pitches at the hitters’ eye level, making it hard for the Bulldogs to predict what was coming.
But, Gillespie said, that wasn’t what he was trying to do. It just happened to turn out that his wildness was a plus this time.
“It just sort of happened,” he said. “I didn’t really expect that to happen.”
Jared Waldhoff led the way for the Shoes at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a single, two runs scored and an RBI.
Justin Kenter was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI, and John Ungrund added a double and two RBI.
Reed Hardiek was 3-for-3 on the day and also scored a run for the Shoes.
Ben Hecht had a single and drove in the only run on the afternoon for the Bulldogs.
A couple of errors in the first three innings led to four unearned runs for Teutopolis, something that St. Anthony head coach Kenny Miller said his team needs to fix.
“We just made a lot of mistakes,” he said. “T-Town is a good team, but we’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the plays we can make.”
He added that too many errors lead to too many extra chances for the Shoes to put runs on the board.
“We just can’t come out and make all these mistakes,” he said. “You’re going to pay for every single one of them. When you give them fourth and fifth outs in an inning, you’re going to have a long night.”
Teutopolis remains undefeated for the fall, with its record now at 17-0. St. Anthony fell to 13-3 with its second loss to Teutopolis in four days.
Teutopolis 1, St. Anthony 0 (Friday’s game)
St. Anthony 000 000 0 — 0 2 0
Teutopolis 000 001 x — 1 2 3
WP — Jordan Waldhoff 7 IP, 2H, 3BB, 9K. LP — Ben Hecht 6 IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 4BB, 5K.
St. Anthony — Jacob Lorenz 0-2, BB; Neil Williams 0-3; Ben Hecht 1-2, BB; Eli Dasenbrock 0-3; Austin Bushur 0-3; Jeff Niebrugge 0-1, BB; Alex Hoelscher 0-1; Zac Gadewine 1-3; Scott Rentfrow 0-3; Neil Ritz 0-3.
Teutopolis — Jordan Waldhoff 0-3; Derek Smith 0-3; Alex Goldstein 1-3; Bobby Wenthe 0-2, BB; Chase Wendling 0-2, BB; Kyle Pruemer 1-1, BB, RBI; Michael Gillespie 0-2; Danny Nosbisch 0-2; Reid Hardiek 0-1 BB.