Johnson, Saints power past Sacred Heart
An early offensive jolt was all the cushion the Saint Paul Saints needed en route to a 6-1 win over the Sacred Heart Gremlins on Thursday, May 4, in Sedalia.
Back-to-back one-out singles by Caleb Hentges and Ryan Kollbaum to lead off the game set up the big inning, but Hentges was caught stealing third base.
Fortunately, Micah Lemmons walked and Brett Mueller drove in Kollbaum with a grounder to shortstop. Evan Johnson capped the big inning by smashing a two-out home run to center field.
Micah Gerdts reached on an error at third in the top of the fourth and eventually added another tally for Saint Paul on a sharp single to left from Hentges.
The Gremlins got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, but Johnson stayed hot by giving the Saints one last run in the top of the fifth with a two-out double and scoring on a base hit from Aaron Kirby.
Hentges came up with three hits to pace the Saintsí offense, but Johnson had the biggest night at the plate with two hits and 3 runs batted in. Kollbaum also had a pair of knocks and a RBI.
Lark got the start on the mound, pitching 2 shutout innings and recording a pair of strikeouts. Lemmons was the winning pitcher, giving up the only Sacred Heart run on two hits and two walks over two innings. Mueller earned a save by going the final three innings to perfection and striking out seven.
Saint Paul is now 12-4 on the season. After finishing the 2017 regular season with games against Knob Noster and Santa Fe, the Saints head to the Class 3 District 15 tournament, where they will open play against University Charter Academy (Kansas City) on Saturday, May 13, in Lexington.