Saints win district opener in rout of UCA
For the first time since 2013, the Saint Paul Saints are not one and done in the 2017 high school baseball postseason.
After losing back-to-back one-run games to end the regular season, the Saints knocked off University Charter Academy (Kansas City) 12-2 in the first round of the Class 3 District 15 tournament at Lexington on Saturday, May 13.
The Gryphons were the team that jumped out to the early lead, plating a pair of runs in the top of the first. The Saints would respond quickly with a run in the bottom half, adding two tallies in the second, four in the third and five in the fourth to end the game early via the 10-run rule.
Tanner Lark got the start and pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits and four walks while striking out four. Caleb Hentges led the offensive attack with three base hits and three runs batted in. Micah Gerdts added two knocks and two RBI.
At Santa Fe 5
Saint Paul 4
A thrilling game at Waverly on Tuesday, May 9, started with Saint Paul grabbing the lead in the top of the third. 3 straight walks to Lark, Hentges and Ryan Kollbaum loaded the bases with one out, and after Micah Lemmons singled in one run, Brett Mueller grounded out to second base to bring in another.
The Chiefs would respond with four runs in the bottom half to take the lead. The Saints got one closer after Hentges singled into left field, moved to second on a balk and eventually scored on a ground out by Lemmons.
The game would get tied up in the top of the seventh and final inning. Hentges smacked another leadoff single, stole second and scored on an error at third base by Carson Graf. However, Graf would redeem himself in the bottom of the seventh, smacking the game-winning double to bring in Dobber Burton.
Lark took the loss after pitching an inning and a third in relief. Hentges had two hits and three runs scored, while Lemmons drove in two.
Knob Noster 1
at Saint Paul 0
A fantastic pitcher’s duel broke out on Monday, May 8, at the field below Biltz Hall on the SPLHS campus. The only run came across for the Panthers in the top of the fourth, while the Knob Noster starter limited the Saints to just two hits and struck out 10.
Despite suffering the loss, Lemmons threw a solid complete game, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out four. Hentges and Aaron Kirby had the only hits, while Lemmons and Gerdts reached safely twice with a pair of walks.
The Saints are now 13-6 this season. Saint Paul moves to the district semifinals and will face Higginsville.