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Regez is plenty familiar with the strong baseball tradition of Teutopolis

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PEORIA --- The Wooden Shoes find themselves in a familiar position, being just a pair of wins away from repeating as IHSA Class 2A State Tournament  champions. 

Standing in their way, however, is the Herscher Tigers, who come into the game with a record of 33-7 coached by Eric Regez. 

However, Regez is plenty familiar with the strong baseball tradition of Teutopolis, having bested them for a Class 1A state championship back in 1999. 

“They’re very good to be at this point,” said Teutopolis head coach Justin Fleener. “They have a lot of solid hitters and a few solid pitchers. They probably don’t beat themselves very often.”

The Tigers’ offensive attack is led by a pair of seniors, Tyler Stuart and Anthony Koranda. Stuart, who has committed to playing baseball for Southern Mississippi, is hitting a whopping .491 while his six home runs on the year was good enough for second-best on the team. Koranda has served as a reliable force in the batting order as well with an average of .437. 

But the team’s big power threat is Tyler Jarnigan, who hit .393 while leading the team with eight home runs as well as a team-high seven triples. Of players who played in at least 20 games, the Tigers lineup boasts three players hitting over .400 and six hitting over .300. 

While finding plenty of success at the plate, it could be argued that Stuart is better on the mound than in the box, coming into the game with a 10-0 record and a 0.56 ERA with 114 strikeouts over 63 innings. 

But the Shoes have the firepower to match the Tigers. The Shoes are led by a duo of hard-hitting seniors in Cody Jansen, Eric Kremer and Drew Thoele. Kremer comes in with a team-high .417 batting average and 14 doubles, but Jansen isn’t far behind with an average of .412 and led the team in home runs with nine. 

But that’s not where the attack for the Shoes ends. Lee Hardiek has proved incredibly valuable for the Shoes in the middle of the lineup with his .352 average and six doubles. Also a serious threat in the lineup is leadoff hitter Jackson Goeckner, who’s .321 average and 10 doubles have helped jump start many Shoes big innings this season. Drew Thoele’s .312 average gives the Shoes five players who have hit over .300 this season, which could give the Tigers fits on Friday. 

As they do at the plate, the Shoes are led on the mound by Jansen and Kremer. Jansen boasts a record of 8-0 with a 1.97 ERA over 49.2 innings, while Kremer has a record of 7-0 with a ERA of 1.89 over 44.1 innings while striking out 78.

However, Kremer suffered an injury to his pitching elbow and will not be available to pitch for the team going forward. 

“He will be able to hit for us and that’s all we’re going to ask him to do for us right now,” Fleener said. “It hurts. He’s one of the best pitchers around, but we have other good guys that we think will go out there and give us a chance to win. We’ll just have to throw someone else. We still haven’t figured it out yet, we are still evaluating them and as we get more info, we’ll make that decision.”

These two teams are the perfect matchup and almost the reflection of one another, with overpowering pitching and plentiful hitting. The winner of this matchup with play for the IHSA Class 2A State Title on Saturday at 5 p.m. against the winner of Tuscola and Spring Valley. The third place game will be at 3 p.m. Saturday. 

Contact Zachary Rainey at zachary.rainey@effinghamdailynews.com or 217-347-7151, ext. 123. 

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