St. Mary’s finished their regular season with a perfect 20-0 overall record, winning two non-conference games, defeating Martin County West 11-8 and Minneapolis Southwest 4-1.

St. Mary’s 11, MCW 8

The Knights traveled to Sherburn for a non-conference game with the Martin County West Mavericks. St. Mary’s jumped to an eight run lead after two innings and were cruising along like a well-oiled machine behind the pitching of Jordan Anderson when the wheels began to wobble and almost fell off. The Mavericks scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth and three in the bottom of the sixth. By this time Scott Salfer had come in to relieve Anderson, but was having a tough time with the wind, which was affecting his control. Sean Mathiowetz came in to pitch in the sixth and got St. Mary's out of a tough inning. True to form, the Knights bounced back in the top of the seventh and scored three runs. Mathiowetz retired the MCW batters in the bottom of the seventh with three straight strikeouts to claim the win. “The way we started it looked like this would be an easy win however MCW came back to tie the game,” said St. Mary’s coach, Bruce Woitas. “We had to battle the wind, which was tough on our fielding and pitching, and we left a lot of runners on base. It was nice to get the win.”


Game stats
Adam Sellner: 4/5, 1 RBI
Scott Salfer: 2/3, 3 RBI
Jordan Anderson: ¾, 2 RBI

Jordan Anderson: 3.1 innings, 5 runs, 9 hits, 4 strikeouts, no walks
Scott Salfer: 2 innings, 3 runs, 1 hit, 2 strikeouts, no walks
Sean Mathiowetz (W): 1.2 innings, no runs, 1 hit, 4 strikeouts, 1 BB

St. Mary's 4
Minneapolis Southwest 1
The Minneapolis Southwest Lakers ventured out on to the prairie to play a make-up game that had previous been rained out. The Lakers play in the tough Minneapolis City Conference and had a respectable 10-4 record. This game was a step up in class and talent for the Knights and a good benchmark for the team as they prepared for the Sectional playoffs. If this was a test, St. Mary's passed with flying colors, handing the Lakers a defeat. Although the score was close and the Lakers threatened several times, the Knights had firm control of the game behind the skillful pitching of Sean Mathiowetz. St. Mary’s took advantage of three MSW errors, several walks and some questionable base running by the Lakers to earn the win. The Knights scored two runs in the first inning and one in the second. Walks issued to Adam Sellner and Sean Mathiowetz, a passed ball and a two-base error on a hard hit grounder to third by Kyle Krzmarzick accounted for the two runs in the first. In the second, Joe Meyer made it to second on another two-base error by the Lakers first baseman. Meyer scored when Brady Hansen lashed a line drive double into the gap. That was all the scoring until the sixth inning when MSW got on the board with one unearned run.

The Lakers had several chances to get back into the game, but solid fielding, timely strikeouts and the aforementioned base running gaffs prevented a rally. Perhaps the egregious base running brain cramp occurred when a Lakers hitter launched a high drive over the head of Meyer in right field. It looked like it was gone. The Lakers runner (out of kindness we won’t mention his name) thought so too and slowed into his home run trot as he rounded first, thrusting his arm in the air. The problem was the ball didn’t go over the fence. Meyer retrieved the ball on the warning track and fired a bullet to Tanner Weiss at second. By this time the Lakers runner realized what was happening and broke into a frenzied sprint trying for at least a triple. He was caught between second and third and tagged out in a rundown. That really took the wind out of MSW’s sails. St. Mary’s scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to extend the lead to 4-1 that ended up as the final score. Jordan Anderson reached on a single and Hansen, the hitting star of the game, brought him home with his second double of the night. Neither team scored in the seventh. “It’s always good to have a quality team like Minneapolis Southwest on your schedule,” said Woitas. “They have a nice program. We pitched well and played good defense. That’s what we’ll have to do in the playoffs.”

Game stats
Brady Hansen: 2/3, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Josh Kopacek: 1/3, 1 2B
Jordan Anderson: 1/3

Sean Mathiowetz (W): 7 innings, 1 run, 5 hits, 7 strikeouts, 3 BB