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St. James VFW team bounces back from blowout loss with three wins

Sean Ellertson
Connor Jones dealt two innings of shutout baseball on Wednesday night against New Ulm Gold.

On Wednesday night, the St. James VFW team fell in their first game of the summer 11-1 against New Ulm Gold, but returned on Saturday afternoon to pick up a pair of wins in a double-header against Fairmont.

Connor Jones earned the nod on Wednesday night for the VFW squad and pitched two scoreless innings. Jones worked around a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second by striking out back-to-back hitters. 

The VFW notched a run in the bottom of the inning on a Jack Westman single to right field, scoring Tanner Olson.

In the top of the third, New Ulm struck for five runs on Alex Stresemann, and scored six more in the top of the fourth off Tanner Olson to take a commanding 11-1 lead.

"We were definitely rusty and we gave away too many outs," said head coach Landis Froehling. "You kind of expect that. I moved a lot of kids around to try and see who can play where."

On Saturday, the VFW rebounded with a pair of quality wins in Fairmont.

Jones and Hunter Stevens each knocked in a run in the first inning to jumpstart the bats.

In the following inning, Westman, Logan Carlson, Tyler Chapin, and Jones all singled, pushing the lead to 5-0.

Fairmont tallied a run in the third to cut the lead to 5-1. 

A Cooper Olson walk, a Westman double, and a Stresemann walk, paired with two fielder's choices added two more runs in the fourth.