After three plus weeks of ‘snow outs’ the Saints opened the season at New Ulm and lost to the Eagles 5-3. SJA out hit New Ulm 8-6, but couldn’t come up with the key hits at the right moment.

    New Ulm 5, Saints 3    

    After three plus weeks of ‘snow outs’ the   Saints opened the season at New Ulm and lost to the Eagles 5-3. SJA out hit New Ulm 8-6, but couldn’t come up with the key hits at the right moment.

    SJA opened the game with two runs in the first.

Zack Gleiter led off the game with a double and moved to third base on Walker Froehling’s single.

    Gleiter scored on a fielding error that got  Ryan Menssen on first base and Froehling to third. Sam Carlson hit a ball just over the second baseman’s head scoring Froehling.

    Carlson, who was the team’s work horse on the mound last year, started for the Saints. New Ulm got one unearned run back in the bottom of the first.      

    The Saints added a run in the third when Menssen scored on a two out single by Kyle Pinke.

    The Eagles scratched out the winning runs in the fifth.  A New Ulm player got on base thanks to a two base error. He was singled home and another single saw Carlson replaced by Pinke. He hit a batter to load the bases, then walked in a run, and hit another batter that resulted in another New Ulm run. By the end of the inning, New Ulm had a 5-3 lead.

    In the top of the seventh, the Saints loaded the bases due in part to back to back singles by Menssen and Carlson. Pinke lined out to left to end the Saints threat and end the game.

    Menssen and Froehling each had two hits. Carlson struck out five in 4 1/3 innings pitched.  
SJA 8, Redwood Valley 3
    The Saints next went on the road to Redwood Valley and beat the Cardinals 8-3. It was an odd game in that SJA got two hits to Redwood Valley’s five.

    The stats show where the Cardinals lost. They committed four errors. Lead off hitter Zack Gleiter scored three runs. He got on base by a walk and being hit by pitches twice.

    Sam Carlson scored a run and got two RBIs. Devin Wolle went 1-3 with an RBI.

    Walker Froehling started for the Saints. Jacob Ziemer got the win in middle relief and Kyle Pinke pitched the final inning.
Saints split doubleheader with BEA

    SJA lost the first game of a home doubleheader Tuesday night, when they fell to the BEA Bucs 4-0.

    Kyle Pinke started for SJA and was dominant in the early innings. He went five innings and struck out six.

    Saints catcher Ryan Menssen killed of a couple of threats early in the game by throwing out  two Bucs runners attempting to steal second in the same inning. Menssen established his defensive prowess last season, but it looks like BEA forgot that it’s not a good idea to run on Ryan.

    The Saints loaded the bases, but couldn’t score as two SJA players struck out to end the threat.

    BEA won the game in the top of the fifth. The Bucs had a couple of seeing eye singles off of Pinke that just dribbled into the outfield. Between those hits were a couple of infield ground balls that the Saints couldn’t turn into double plays. The second one scored a run.

    Those weak hits were followed by a solid double which drove in the second run and that was followed by a two run homer to the left field corner.

That gave the Bucs the winning margin.

    The Saints won the second game 3-1. The breaks came the Saints way because they only got three hits while making six errors.

    David Bradley, Walker Froehling and Zack Gleiter got the hits.

    Sam Carlson went seven innings for the win. He struck out eight while scattering seven hits. He gave up no earned runs and just one walk.

    The win gave the Saints a 2-2 record for the season.