Teutopolis tore through Charleston’s vaunted pitching staff Saturday, scoring 33 runs on 23 hits for a sweep of the Trojans in the teams’ Apollo Conference baseball opener at Marty Pattin Field.

Charleston entered the game having posted an earned run average around 2.46 and had allowed 54 hits in compiling a 9-2 record. The Trojans staff had displayed amazing control as well, striking out 96 and walking only 27 in 11 games.

Charleston, though, walked 17 Teutopolis batters across 12 innings while striking out only six.

The first game was halted for the 10-run rule after Teutopolis scored eight runs in the fifth inning to go ahead 17-4.

Ty Coartney drilled a homer over the center-field fence in the sixth inning, the team’s second of the season.

Charleston fell behind 8-1 through two innings of the second game before scoring four runs to close the margin to 9-6 in the fourth inning on a run-scoring double by Caydin Reed and three unearned runs on a misplayed fly ball and an infield error.

The Wooden Shoes responded by scoring seven runs over the next two innings to remain in control.

Charleston faces Neoga on Tuesday and Casey-Westfield on Thursday.

Photos/Dominic Baima