Santa Fe splits two diamond tilts
Santa Fe split two games while the Saint Paul Saints lost both diamond tilts at Oak Grove Saturday.
The Chiefs downed Saint Paul 10-3 but fell to Oak Grove 3-1. The Saints were shut out by Oak Grove 10-0.
Santa Fe 10, Saint Paul 3
The Chiefs grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and led 6-1 after the top of the third. It was 8-1 through four, 8-3 through five and 10-3 after the top of the sixth.
Santa Fe had nine hits, but as big a factor was the Saints' pitching allowing eight walks (six of which scored).
"We gave them too many free bases, and they came up with key hits to make us pay," SPLHS head coach Eric Gramenz said.
Cole Wodrich and Grant Boland each had a single and a double to lead the Chiefs' hit parade. Truman Sleeper added two singles, Keaton Graf a double and Wyatt Wilkinson and Ben Hinz a single each. Andrew Curry scored three runs, Graf and Wodrich two each and Wilkinson, Christian Boehmer and Hinz one each. Boland was credited with three RBIs and Wodrich two.
Quentin Jones, Aaron Hentges, Peter Lemmons and Michael Nebel each had a hit for the Saints. Hentges scored two runs and Jones one.
Graf hurled the first six frames for the mound win for Santa Fe. He struck out 12. Wodrich fanned one in the seventh.
Jones pitched the first two innings, suffering the loss for the Saints. He walked six and whiffed three. Lemmons hurled 3-2/3 frames, walking two and fanning four. Sam Hargrave pithed the final 1-1/3 frames.
at Oak Grove 3, Santa Fe 1
The first 10 batters Curry faced on the hill, he fanned six, al-lowing only one batter to reach on an error. But the second time through the lineup wound up being his undoing.
The Panthers swatted three hits, leading to two runs in the bottom of the fourth. They also put together two hits and a run in the fifth.
Santa Fe's lone run came in the top of the sixth as Graf belted a one-out solo home run.
The Chiefs finished with five hits, Wodrich getting two singles. Curry and Chad Tieman also had base hits.
Although he whiffed 10, Curry was the tough-luck losing pitcher.
at Oak Grove 10, Saint Paul 0
Oak Grove scored three runs in the first inning, one in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth and one in the fifth, ending the contest via the 10-run rule.
"We had not played a game in two weeks, and it showed," Gramenz said. "We came out flat against a good team and paid the price."
The Saints were held to three singles--one each for Hentges, Lemmons and Isaiah Roepe.
Nebel was the starting and losing pitcher. He hurled 3-1/3 frames, allowing nine runs (eight earned) n seven hits and seven walks, while fanning one. Hargrave gave up one unearned run on two hits in the final 1-1/3 innings.
"Walks and errors really hurt us," Gramenz said. "We didn't have very good approaches at the plate, and struck out too much."
There was a silver lining, according to Gramenz.
"I was very disappointed with how we played, but it was nice to get out and finally play some games after such a long lay off."