Saints bounce back in tourney after tough first round game
Despite a lopsided loss to start the tournament, the Saint Paul Lutheran High School Saints baseball team looked impressive in their next two games, winning one game and narrowly dropping another in the second and third rounds of the I-70 Conference Tournament matchups.
Monday, April 22 — I-70 Conference Tournament — Concordia Sports Complex
A five-run third inning doomed the Saint Paul Lutheran Saints in the first round of the I-70 Conference Tournament, falling to Wellington-Napoleon High School Tigers, 11-1.
After a two-run first inning, the Saints responded in the bottom of the second inning, scoring a run when senior Aidin Muehler’s one-out walk and a string of hits scored him. It would be the only offense the Saints could muster, however, allowing nine runs after plating their first.
Junior Luke Roepe collected two of the three hits for the Saints, going 2-2 with a walk and the team’s only RBI.
The Saints fall to 5-10 (2-4) with the loss.
Wellington-Napoleon advances to 6-6 (5-2) in victory.
Tuesday, April 23 — I-70 Conference Tournament — Concordia Sports Complex
Santa Fe 0
Senior Micah Lemmons’ no-hitter guaranteed the Saint Paul Lutheran Saints’ victory over Santa Fe High School in their second round matchup, but the contest was much more of a pitcher’s duel than the score would indicate.
Despite collecting 11 hits in the contest, no runs were scored by the Saints until the fourth inning, when they absolutely blew the hinges off the door with 11 runs. They would put up four more in the fifth inning to crystalize their victorious intentions.
Lemmons struck out seven Chiefs in five innings, allowing just one walk and one hit batter in the contest. One more runner reached base, reaching on a third strike drop.
Lemmons also led the way offensively, collecting three hits and three runs while driving in a trio, as well.
Juniors Avery Johnson, Aaron Kirby, and Josiah Kunkel each clipped a double, as well.
The Saints moved to 6-10 (3-4) with the victory.
Santa Fe falls to 0-13 (0-8) with the loss.
Wednesday, April 24 — I-70 Conference Tournament — Concordia Sports Complex
Sweet Springs 4
A tight contest stayed competitive throughout, but the Saint Paul Lutheran Saints ultimately couldn’t turn a late rally into a victory, falling 4-1 to the Sweet Springs High School Greyhounds.
Despite both teams advancing runners into scoring position early, nobody scored until the fourth inning, when Sweet Springs put up two runs. They would take advantage again in the sixth inning, picking up another pair to move the score to 4-0.
A trio of Greyhound errors in the bottom of the seventh inning allowed one run to score and two more runners to reach base, but the rally would end with both left on base as the Greyhounds would hold on for the 4-1 victory.
Junior Aaron Kirby struck out seven and allowed seven hits across seven innings. He would walk three as well and hit one batter, signaling a solid outing. Two of the four runs he allowed were earned.
Junior Josiah Kunkelwent 2-3, while junior Luke Roepe, sophomore Justin Griffith, and senior Aidin Muehler also collected a single apiece.
The Saints fell to 6-11 (3-5) with the loss.
Sweet Springs moved to 5-8 (3-6) with the victory.