Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

April 1, 2014

Timely hitting leads Shoes past W/SS

Alex McNamee
Effingham Daily News

TEUTOPOLIS — Teutopolis scored eight runs with two outs against Windsor/Stew-Stras on Monday and beat the Blue Devils 12-2 in five innings.

The Wooden Shoes' timely hitting started with a two-out RBI single in the first inning by Alex Goldstein, who went 3-for-3 and stepped up to the plate with two outs each time.

Darren Probst highlighted the offense with a two-out, two-run home run in the third inning for the last of his four RBIs on the night.

“They just really focus,” Teutopolis head coach Justin Fleener said. “They know they want to keep moving that runner along. Maybe it's a little bit of them not wanting to make the last out.”

Nobody wanted to be the one to end the second inning, as 10 batters came to the plate to score four runs.

Windsor/Stew-Stras pitchers Nic Hutchinson and Tristan Warner each retired one of the first two Shoes batters in the inning, before Reed Hardiek started a rally with a two-out walk.

Bobby Wenthe reached on a third strike that got by the catcher to the backstop, before Probst smashed a two-run single. Louis Niemerg later hit a two-run single to score Probst and Goldstein.

The Shoes left the bases loaded as Tommy Flach struck out in his second plate appearance of the inning.

“It's nothing we were doing wrong,” Windsor/Stew-Stras head coach Mike Taylor said. “It's just that they're really good hitters.”

Fleener said his hitters are making good adjustments at the plate and seeing the ball well. They got to Hutchinson on the mound, who started and took the loss.

Hutchinson pitched 1 1-3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits. Wenthe picked up the win for the Shoes. He pitched a complete game, giving up three hits and two runs. He walked five and struck out nine.

Goldstein and John Ungrund each had three hits on the night. Wenthe reached base on each of his four plate appearances. Niemerg and Probst each had two hits. Probst had four RBIs, while Niemerg had three.

“Guys are making things happen,” Fleener said. “They're putting pressure o the defense and we're making the pitchers work harder on the mound.”

Hayden Cole highlighted a tough offensive night for the Blue Devils with an RBI double in the third inning. Derek Moschenrose and Devin Deremiah each had a hit.

Teutopolis (7-0) returns to action at 4:30 p.m. today in Sullivan. The Blue Devils (6-2) will be back in action at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Paris.

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

Windsor/Stew-Stras     011 00          2 3 5

Teutopolis          342 3X          12 13 0

W/SS: Vonderheide (BB, R), Cole (2B, RBI), Moschenrose (1B, BB, R), Deremiah (1B, RBI)

Teutopolis: Ungrund (2 1B, 2B, RBI), Hardiek (BB, RBI), Wenthe (1B, 2 RBI), Probst (1B, HR, 4 RBI), Goldstein (2 1B, 2B, RBI), Niemerg (2 1B, 3 RBI), Will (2 1B), Bloemer (1B, R)