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.