Cougars' Owens tosses no-hitter at SPLHS

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ben Owens was on top of his game last week Tuesday. He was so much on top of his game that he allowed only two base runners, tossing a no-hitter as the visiting Crest Ridge Cougars downed the Saint Paul Saints 9-1 in baseball action in Concordia.

The Saints were almost immediately behind the eight ball, Crest Ridge scoring four second-inning runs, three of which were unearned.

"Against a good pitcher like that, you can't dig a hole and easily climb out of it," SPLHS head coach John Beerman said.

A hit batter kicked off the four-run frame for CRHS. The Cougars also had two walks, two singles and SPLHS committed two errors.

The Saints were able to get one run back in the bottom of the third. With one out, Dylan Woodall walked, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on an error on a ball hit by Sam Schmidt.

Owens escaped further trouble as his defense turned a double play when Alex Ever-hart caught a line drive off Natsuki Kitamura's bat and stepped on first base ahead of Schmidt trying to get back.

The game remained 4-1 CRHS until the Cougars rallied for five runs on just two hits in the top of the seventh. It started with a hit batter, then an intentional walk, another walk to load the bases, a fielder's choice to plate one run, the second out, another hit batter, a single and a double.

The only other base runner for the Saints was a one-out walk to Clint Stuenkel in the fifth inning. Stuenkel was able to swipe second base but was stranded when John Traczew-ski and Woodall each struck out.

Owens allowed two walks but struck out 12, including the side, in order, in the fourth inning, two in the second and two in the fifth. He also ended the game strongly, fanning Jordan Bredehoeft, Tyler Matt-lin and Brandon Haake in succession.

Mattlin was the starting and losing pitcher for the 7-7 Saints. He hurled three innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out two. Bredehoeft pitched the final four frames, giving up five runs (two earned) on two hit batters, three hits and a walk while whiffing three.

at Higginsville 11, Saint Paul 5

The week started inauspiciously for the Saints with an 11-5 loss at Higginsville last week Monday.

The Saints fell behind 2-0 after one, 6-0 after two and 8-0 through three frames.

Saint Paul was able to get back as close as 8-5 with three in the fourth and two in the top of the sixth, but the Huskers answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

"Jordan was a tough-luck pitcher, giving up several on-the-hands hits with runners in scoring position," Beerman said.

Bredehoeft lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks and struck out one. Mattlin came on to finish the game, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk and fanned five.

Mattlin was the Saints' hitting star with a single and two doubles in three trips. He also scored two runs and drove in two.

The Saints were held to five hits, Stuenkel and Josh Hoffman each getting a single.

Bredehoeft also scored two runs and Traczewski one. Stuenkel added two RBIs and Woodall one.

The rest of last week's games were washed out. The Saints were to play Santa Fe Thursday and Concordia Friday.

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