Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL


May 28, 2013

Seniors send Teutopolis back to Peoria

SAUGET — Carlyle starter Logan Zachry entered Monday's Sauget Super-Sectional with a 0.99 ERA. Teutopolis took the diamond at GCS Ballpark having scored 30 runs in its four postseason victories.

With a trip to the Class 2A state semifinals in Peoria on the line, something had to give.In the bottom of the fifth, the Wooden Shoes' offense emerged as the winner. Knotted at two runs apiece, Teutopolis (28-3) strung together a three-run frame, the final two off a souvenir shot to right field from Kyle Pruemer, to take the go-ahead lead and defeat the Indians 5-2 to avenge last year's loss in the same round of eight."They wanted to get back up there to state," Teutopolis coach Justin Fleener said. "We've got a great senior class that does a lot of leading, they can carry things for me, make things a lot easier."A trio of Wooden Shoes seniors delivered in the deciding inning. Jared Waldhoff, who had singled earlier in the game, laced a triple down the first base line to leadoff the inning with an extra-base hit. "I don't know if you'd call it perfect form," Waldhoff said of his rip to right. "It felt good to get a hit tonight, do what I can to help this team."Classmate Chase Wendling gave Teutopolis the lead when he sent a ground ball past the mound and into center field for the go-ahead single that scored Waldhoff, but the scoring wasn't finished just yet.Kyle Pruemer sent Teutopolis faithful into an uproar with his monstrous shot over the right-field wall to increase the lead to 5-2."How sweet is it for him to hit one out there," Fleener said. "This senior team has been part of some teams that have got close, and they were able to get us back. I'm really happy for them."The big victory was almost for naught, as the Wooden Shoes, who lost on the same field in last year's playoffs to Trenton Wesclin, had to endure a little extra time to think about the game at hand. Lightning and a torrential downpour forced the game to get underway a full two hours later than the original 5 p.m. start , giving coach Justin Fleener's squad some added down time. Yet the Teutopolis skipper said staying loose was never a problem."High school kids can do a pretty good job of that on their own," he said. "They're pretty relaxed, it's the adults who get more worried."The game, when it finally did start, was a fast-paced affair that lasted less than 90 minutes, and the Wooden Shoes looked plenty loose early. Teutopolis struck first in the bottom of inning one. After Waldhoff sent a grounder to first, Chase Wendling and Bobby Wenthe connected on back-to-back singles and Kyle Pruemer was hit by a pitch to load the bags with one out.Alex Goldstein executed a perfect sacrifice fly to right field, and the Wooden Shoes were on top 1-0 through one frame.Carlyle answered right back in the second. After the Indians used a dropped strikeout, walk and infield single to fill the bases, Logan Zimmerman ripped a huge two-RBI double to the gap in right center. The deep shot plated John Becker and Cody Huels, and Carlyle led 2-1.The Indians' lead was short-lived. Though the rain had vacated, the wind was still as unpredictable as ever, and Teutopolis capitalized on a Carlyle blunder in its next at-bat to even the score.

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  • Bateman.jpg Effingham's season comes to a close with 11-1 loss to Salem

    A 1-0 lead for Effingham Post 120 rapidly evaporated, and the post’s Junior Legion season came to an end with a 11-1 loss in five innings to Salem Post 128 Tuesday night.
    The game was for the final spot of District 23 in the divisional tournament, with Newton Post 20 and Breese Post 252 Gray punching their tickets by winning their district divisions.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bierman.jpg Newton Post 20 falls short against Breese Gray 9-3

    While the District 23 title ultimately exceeded Newton Post 20’s grasp, their season will continue in Bethalto.
    Newton took on Breese Post 252 Gray for the Junior Legion District 23 title as the two division winners, but Breese’s bats proved too much for Newton in an 9-3 loss for Post 20.
    “The innings where they put some runs on us, we gave them some extra outs,” said Newton coach John Grunloh. “You’ve got to make the plays when you play better teams.”

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Barnes3.jpg Barnes' one-hitter boosts Post 120; Effingham beats Dieterich 1-0

    Ryan Barnes hasn’t seen a lot of time with Effingham Post 120’s junior legion team this season, but he showed up in a big way Monday night in a 1-0 win over Dieterich Post 628.
    The win kept Effingham’s season alive one more day in the Junior Legion District 23 tournament, as the post will face Salem Post 128 at 5:30 p.m. today for the district’s final spot in the divisional round. Salem Post 128 downed Mt. Vernon Post 141 1-0 in the West Division loser’s bracket, setting up the final with Effingham today.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mammoser2.jpg Newton Post 20 tops Effingham Post 120 7-5 late

    Most of the games at the Junior Legion District 23 tournament have seen pitching take control, but the pitchers in Sunday night's Effingham Post 120/Newton Post 20 game faced an uphill battle.
    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.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Campton.jpg Dieterich Post 628 eliminates Teutopolis Post 924 3-2

    Errors proved to be Teutpolis Post 924's undoing against Dieterich Post 628, as Dieterich's sixth-inning rally in an 3-2 win were boosted by three Teutopolis errors
    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.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 21, 2014

  • Poe.jpg 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.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jansen.jpg 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.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kenter2.jpg 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.

    July 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Clausius (2).JPG 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.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

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