Effingham Daily News
After a pair of tough wins to open the season against Salem last weekend, Teutopolis gave itself breathing room early and often in a 16-0 win over Casey-Westfield Thursday.
The Wooden Shoes took their time and capitalized at key points, drawing 12 walks and tallying 13 hits as they walked all over the Warriors.
“It was a little more relaxed,” said Teutopolis coach Justin Fleener. “Even the guys who came off the bench had good approaches at the plate and put the bat on the ball.”
Teutopolis racked up eight runs in the first two innings on just three four hits, as Darren Probst doubled in Justin Kenter in the first before scoring on a wild pitch.
In the second, Bobby Wenthe had an RBI single, Louis Niemerg had an RBI walk and Cody Will drove in two with a single, while two others scored on wild pitches.
The Shoes’ patience was more than enough to rattle Casey-Westfield starter Ethan Williams, who allowed all eight runs in 1 2-3 innings pitched.
“I thought our guys had some good at-bats,” Fleener said. “Even with two strikes, we had real good swings up there. We had some good adjustments even in the at-bat.”
From there, Teutopolis cruised. Probst pitched three perfect innings, striking out six batters before leaving the game in the fourth up 12-0.
Andy Borries came on in relief, and he allowed the Warriors’ only two hits in two shutout innings, tallying three strikeouts of his own.
They were backed up by RBI singles by Wenthe and Alex Goldstein, and another two-run single by Will to push it to 12-0.
The backups entered in the fourth, scoring four more runs on a two-run single by Jordan Bloemer and RBIs by Borries and Jacob Roepke before the end of the the first.
It was a team effort with 18 players batting, and the dominance started on the mound with Probst and Borries.
“Our pitching did really well,” Fleener said. “Andy and Darren did went out, Darren did an excellent job, and Andy came in there and looked good in his first outing of the year. (Probst) looked really efficient today.”
Will was 2-for-3 with a team-high four RBIs, Wenthe was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Probst was 1-for-1 with a double, an RBI and three runs, and Niemerg walked three times and scored once with an RBI.
Teutopolis improves to 3-0 and takes on La Salle Peru today before playing Columbia and Greenville Saturday.
Casey-Westfield 000 00 0 2 1Teutopolis 264 4X 16 13 0
WP - Probst (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 K, 0 BB) LP - Williams (1.2 IP, 3 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 K, 7 BB)
Casey-Westfield: Williams (1-2); Huisinga (1-2)
Teutopolis: Kenter (1-2, 2 R, BB, SB); Hartke (1-1, R); Hardiek (0-1, R, 2 BB); Mette (1-1, R); Wenthe (2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB); Repking (1-1, R); Probst (1-1, 2B, RBI, 3 R, 2 BB); Borries (1-1, RBI, R); Goldstein (1-1, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB); Niemerg (0-0, RBI, R, 3 BB); Bloemer (1-1, 2 RBI); Will (2-3, 4 RBI); Flach (0-2, BB); Roepke (0-1, RBI); Ungrund (1-3, 2B, R)