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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Eight games on the road and they’re going to play at home tonight

  • The reason for so many road games was that some of the games postponed earlier in the season were made up as double headers. The Saints played doubleheaders at St. Peter and Waseca, played three tournament games at JCC and capped off the week against defending state champ New Ulm.
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  • The April snow days have backed up a bunch of games for Saints teams. One of the hardest hit teams being the softball team.
        
        In six days last week the Saints played eight games with all of them on the road.
        This young Saints team had a week of Softball baptism going 1-7.
        Softball Head Coach Steve Chapin said, “The challenge is that we have not had much time to practice the skills we want to improve on.
        “Playing on the road is always tougher than playing at home.  These kids have held up really well.”  
        The reason for so many road games was that some of the games postponed earlier in the season were made up as double headers. The Saints played doubleheaders at St. Peter and Waseca, played three tournament games at JCC and capped off the week against defending state champ New Ulm.
        Two girls threw all of the games for the Saints. It was either Emily Bottem or Julia Beckius throwing for SJA. That’s a lot of innings in just a few days.
        The head coach said, “Pitchers are learning about endurance and control and have done a great job of holding up.”  
        SJA started the stretch with a doubleheader loss at St. Peter. The Saints lost 15-1 and 6-0. SJA had two hits in each game. Bottem got a hit in each game.
        The Saints played at a planned tournament on Saturday. They dropped another game to St. Peter, one to Jackson County Central and beat Blue Earth Area 10-0.
        In the loss to JCC Bottem went 3-3 at the plate with a triple. Beckius was 1-2 with a RBI and Acacia Foss was 1-3 with a RBI.
        Emily Bottem threw a complete game win giving up only two hits against BEA. Lindzey Hanson had a big game at the plate. She went 3-3 with a double, a homer and  three RBIs. Anna Haler  went 2-3 with a homer and four RBIs.  
        St. Peter continued to have the Saints number as they beat SJA 9-3 on Saturday. Julia Beckius collected two of the teams 3 hits with 1 of them being a home run. She also drove in all three runs.
        On Monday the Saints played a doubleheader at Waseca. The girls lost to the Bluejays 6-1 and 11-1. The girls managed sevens hits in the two games. Bottem and Hanson got one hit in each game.
    Page 2 of 2 -     The Saints closed out this brutal road stretch by traveling up to New Ulm and taking on the defending state champion Eagles. Not an easy way to finish a stretch like this and the Saints fell 10-0.
        Anna Haler was the only Saint to get a hit. She got a single leading off the second inning.
        Emily Bottem started and took the loss.
        As the headline says, SJA plays at home on Thursday night against BEA. The Saints beat the Bucs 10 zip on Saturday, so this one could fall into the Saints win column.  Coach Chapin said, “It will be really nice to come home on Thursday evening.”
        This game is the only scheduled home event for any SJA team next week. Incredibly, this hyper-shortened spring sports season is beginning to come to a close for all the SJA teams as state tournament games, meets, and matches get under way next week. 

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