The Saints baseball team played five games this past week winning three and losing two.
The challenge was the Saints played back to back doubleheaders at home last Thursday and Friday.
The Saints swept St. Peter on Thursday and split a pair with MLGHECT on Friday.
They dropped a home game that was within their reach of winning on Tuesday, when they lost to New Ulm.
Such a large number of games in such a short stretch of time puts a strain on a pitching staff. The Saints have some depth on the mound, but Head Coach Jon Wilson had three pitchers split the innings in both games one and two of the St. Peter games. Five pitchers split the innings of the next double header and three pitchers went against New Ulm.
Head Coach Jon Wilson said, “That was definitely a tough week on the pitching staff. We were able to get some quality innings though from pitchers that do not normally get the opportunity to pitch which will help us down the stretch and for next year.”
The Saints had a fairly easy time against the other Saints from St. Peter winning the doubleheader 11-4 and 13-6.
Kyle Pinke got the start in game one against St. Peter. Jacob Ziemer got the win and Ryan Menssen closed it out.
Walker Froehling was 3-4 at the plate and Menssen was 3-3. Zach Brandts was 2-3 with 2 runs scored.
The next night the Saints lost game one 6-4 against MLGHECT (these names are getting too long!) and bounced back to win the back end of the doubleheader 3-2.
Sam Carlson started game one, Justin Stevens went five innings and took the loss. Ziemer pitched the last inning.
Froehling had another good game at the plate. He went 2-3 with a run scored. John Olsen was 3-3 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Saints came back in the second game and won a close game 3-2.
Derrick Shupe got the start and the win. He scattered six hits over three innings and gave up two earned runs. Walker Froehling got the save.
The RBIs were driven in by Froehling, Menssen, and Brandts.
Up next was conference foe New Ulm. The Eagles are a good baseball team. They came into St. James as the 10th ranked team in Minnesota in the AA high school rankings.
Page 2 of 2 - The Saints lost 13-4, but some critical errors and miscues cost the Saints dearly.
Froehling started the game for the Saints and he kept the Eagles from breaking the game wide open. He went five innings and gave up just two runs with one of them earned, while giving up six hits.
The Saints took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth and held a 3-2 lead when NU came to the plate in the top of the sixth.
Kyle Pinke was the pitcher who had bad luck on Tuesday night, as the Saints could have gotten out of the inning with no runs scored. But several critical errors and bad judgements of infield fly balls opened the scoring gates for the Eagles.
The high winds blowing in from center field and the bright sun caused the Saints to lose and or misjudge a couple pop ups. The balls dropped and the New Ulm runners made it to first keeping the inning alive.
The Eagles got five in the sixth and six in the seventh to win a game that was within the grasp of the Saints - but that’s baseball.
Once again, Froehling was the Saints top hitter going 3-4 with a run scored. Pinke was 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI and Devin Wolle was 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI.
Right now the Saints record is 7-6 and 4-4 in the South Central Conference. SJA plays at a tournament in Delano beginning tonight. The first game is against St. Anthony Village in Delano.