It was quite a week for the St. Mary’s Knights baseball team as Adam Sellner started it off with a no hit shutout of the Wabasso Rabbits and followed up that performance with a one-hit shutout of Springfield. Sandwiched between Sellner’s pitching gems, Sean Mathiowetz threw a three-hit shutout against the Rabbits. They also found time to clobber Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 12-4. To top it off, they clinched the Tomahawk Conference championship and top seed in the Sectional playoffs.
St. Mary’s 5
Adam Sellner took a no-hitter into the sixth inning earlier in the season and he was at it again last Thursday in Wabasso, however the big difference is that he went all the way this time, pitching a gem of a no-hit shutout against the Rabbits. “I never really felt like I was in any trouble during the game,” said Sellner. “I threw mainly two-seam fastballs and it all was working. My defense made solid plays behind me. I don’t even remember any spectacular defensive plays. It was just a very good ball game start to finish.” The Knights scored two runs in the first inning on a single by Sellner and a triple by Sean Mathiowetz, who scored on a ground out by Scott Salfer. Jordan Anderson singled to start the second inning and worked his way around to score on a sacrifice fly by Josh Kopacek, a ground out by Joe Meyer and a batted ball by Brady Hansen for the RBI. Although they didn’t need the insurance, the Knights put up two more in the top of the seventh on a single by Mathiowetz, a triple by Salfer and a single by Nolan Helget for the 5-0 win. “Adam did a great job for us today and the guys made the plays behind him,” said St. Mary’s coach Bruce Woitas. “We got the early runs and that was all we needed today.”
Adam Sellner: 2/3, 1 run, 1 BB
Sean Mathiowetz: 2/4, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Scott Salfer: 1/3, 1 3B, 2 RBI
Adam Sellner (W): 7 innings, no run, no hits, 9 strikeouts, 3 BB
St. Mary’s 5
The Wabasso Rabbits felt the effect of St. Mary’s powerful starting tandem when Sean Mathiowetz took the mound in the second game and pitched a one-run, three-hit game to sweep the doubleheader. Once again the Knights jumped out early with a four run first inning that put Wabasso back on their heels for the rest of the game. All four runs were scored with two outs, which seem to be a hallmark of this year’s ball club. A couple of errors by the Rabbits didn’t help their cause and a timely double by Nolan Helget and a single by Josh Kopacek kept the inning alive. Wabasso scratched in a run in the top of the sixth, but it was way too little and much too late. Not a single run scored by the Knights was an earned run.
Nolan Helget: 1/2, 1 2B
Jordan Anderson: 1/3
Josh Kopacek: 1/2
Joe Meyer: 1/2, 1 2B
Sean Mathiowetz: 7 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 6 strikeouts, no walks
St. Mary’s 12, Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 4
It was a miserable evening for baseball last Friday when St. Mary’s traveled to Comfrey for a makeup game against the Cedar Mountain/Comfrey Cougars. The cold, the wind and intermittent rain played havoc with fly balls and even routine pop-ups became an adventure in fielding, with infielders and outfielders alike running around in circles trying to guess where the ball would end up. CM/C made five errors in the field that no doubt contributed to the loss, while the Knights made only one. The Knights were clearly road weary and dragged though the first few innings. Scott Salfer, number four in the rotation, was on the mound. Salfer hasn’t had many innings this year and it showed. He got into a few jams early on, but managed to work his way out of them. The Cougars led 2-3 after four and the weather was getting worse. The Knights tied it up in the top of the fifth and then came the big innings that you just knew St. Mary’s was capable of once they got a fire lit under them. Brady Hansen started the fireworks in the sixth with a double, Adam Sellner reached on an error and Scott Salfer walked to load the bases. Nolan Helget cracked a ball to the Cougars’ shortstop who couldn’t come up with it. Two runs scored on the error. Kyle Krzmarzick hit a sacrifice fly to score Salfer. Jordan Anderson singled, scoring Helget, he then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Josh Kopacek singled him in. The seventh was more of the same: timely hitting and CM/C miscues plated four more runs. Sellner singled and stole second. Mathiowetz was hit by a pitch and both scored on a single by Salfer. Salfer took second on the throw to the plate. Helget beat out an infield single and with men on first and third, the Cougar pitcher balked in Salfer for a run. Krzmarzick singled, again putting runners on first and third. Mathiowetz was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kopacek hit a sacrifice fly to score Helget to end the scoring. Mike Zinniel came on in relief for Salfer in the seventh and struck out three CM/C batters to end the game.
Kyle Krzmarzick: 3/4, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Josh Kopacek: 2/4, 3 RBI
Adam Sellner: 2/5, 3 runs
Scott Salfer (W): 6 innings, 4 runs (2 earned), 4 hits, 10 strikeouts, 6 BB, 2 WP
Mike Zinniel: 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 3 strikeouts
St. Mary’s 10
Any suspense that Adam Sellner could throw back-to-back no hitters ended when the first Springfield Tiger batter singled. That would be their only hit in the game. Sellner got a small measure of revenge when he promptly picked the Tiger runner off first.
From then on it was all Knights all the time as they scored three in the second inning, one in the third, four in the sixth and two in the seventh for the 10-2 victory. Again St. Mary’s displayed great defense to back up their strong pitching. Scott Salfer made a spectacular diving catch in center to prevent a run and Kyle Krzmarzick ranged far to his left at second base and made a sprawling stop of a grounder to nip the runner at first. Almost every Knights’ player had at least one hit in the game, including five doubles. Sellner struck out 11 Springfield batters, squashing any rally they mounted. “Adam pitched well, said Woitas. “We really hit the ball well throughout the lineup.”
Sean Mathiowetz: 2/4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Scott Salfer: 2/5
Kyle Krzmarzick: 2/4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Joe Meyer: 2/3, 1 2B
Adam Sellner: 2/4, 2 runs
Adam Sellner (W): 7 innings, no runs, 1 hit, 11 strikeouts, 1 BB