Hatchets Rally in Seventh for Win Over Wooden Shoes


Published on September 23 2020 7:20 pm
Last Updated on September 24 2020 7:28 am
Written by Greg Sapp

The Windsor/Stew-Stras Hatchets rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes, 4-3, in high school baseball at Stew-Stras High School Wednesday. 

The game was heard on KJ Country 102.3 and www.kjcountry.com

Gavan Wernsing was hit by a pitch to start the Hatchets' seventh. Samuel Vonderheide then beat out an infield single to put the tying runs on base with no one out. Jordan Wittenberg then worked a walk to load the bases. Teutopolis' Derek Deters then struck out Graham Kasey for one out, but the bases were still loaded. 

Brody Beals kept a ball fair down the right field line for a double that drove home two runs to tie the game 3-3. Trey Sayers then singled up the middle to bring home Wittenberg with the winning run.

Teutopolis had just scored in the top of the seventh to extend their lead to 3-1. With one out, an infield single put Luke Koester aboard. Brayden Gaddis then singled. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, and Caleb Siemer singled to bring home Koester with what looked like the insurance run until the Hatchets rose up in the bottom of the frame.

Windsor/Stew-Stras scored in the first. With two outs, Wernsing reached base. Two wild pitches and an error later, the Hatchets led 1-0. 

Teutopolis bounced back in the third inning. Derek Konkel started the frame reaching on an infield single. Jonathan Kemme walked, then Max Niebrugge reached with Konkel being retired for the first out. Koester singled to bring home Kemme and tie the game. Gaddis' ground ball brought home Niebrugge and the Shoes had the lead.

Vonderheide got the win for the Hatchets in relief of Wernsing, who pitched the first two innings, striking out three. Vonderheide in five innings of work gave up the three T-Town runs on nine hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Cade Buehnerkemper pitched the first five innings for Teutopolis, giving up the one unearned run on two hits, walking four and fanning four. Derek Deters took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 1-1/3 innings.

At the plate for Windsor/Stew-Stras: Austin Wittenberg--double, walk; Carter Chaney--walk; Gavan Wernsing--walk, hit by pitch, run scored; Lance Lankow--run scored; Samuel Vonderheide--single, run scored; Jordan Wittenberg--two walks, run scored; Graham Kasey--single; Brody Beals--double, single, 2 RBI; Trey Sayers--single, RBI; Rhett Rincker--walk

At the plate for Teutopolis: Max Niebrugge--double, single, run scored; Luke Koester--two singles, run scored, RBI; Brayden Gaddis--single, RBI; Caleb Siemer--single, RBI; Cade Buehnerkemper--walk; Joey Ruholl--two singles; Josh Burrell--single; Derek Konkel--single; Jonathan Kemme--walk, run scored.

At Strasburg

Teutopolis             002    000    1    --    3-10-3

WSS                      100     000    3    --    4- 6-1

WP -- Vonderheide. LP -- Deters.

Teutopolis -- Niebrugge, single, double; Koester, 2 singles, 1 RBI: Gaddis, single, 1 RBI; Siemer, single, 1 RBI; Ruholl, 2 singles; Burrell, single; Konkel, single

Windsor/Stewardson-Strasburg -- Wittenburg, double; Vonderheide, single; Kasey, single; Beals, single, double, 2 RBI; Walden, single, 1 RBI