The St. Mary’s baseball team barely escaped away with a win on April 21 and crushed its opponent on April 22 to move to 3-0 on the year.

The St. Mary’s baseball team barely escaped away with a win on April 21 and crushed its opponent on April 22 to move to 3-0 on the year.


The Knights were on the road on April 21 and jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first thanks to some hits from juniors Jon Kopacek and Brandon Helget, and senior David Surprenant. Helget and Kopacek weren’t done there, as they added base hits in the third inning as well. Meanwhile, sophomore Jared Beltz hit a single RBI and St. Mary’s took a 5-0 lead after the third.


Defensively, Kopacek led the Knights on the mound for the first four innings before he was relieved by senior Mike Zinniel. The Thunderbirds capitalized on some walks thrown by Kopacek in the fourth and scored three runs to cut the deficit to two. In the fifth, Beltz hit another RBI single which turned out to be a crucial one, as GFW added two more runs in the final innings to bring the deficit to just one.


“We started out strong and then missed some chances to extend the lead,” St. Mary’s Coach Bruce Woitas said. “GFW worked their way back into the game but we were able to hang on for the 6-5 win.”


Helget went 3-for-4 at bat with one RBI, one double, and two runs scored. Beltz went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored as well. Surprenant, Kopacek, and senior Mike Hirsch each added a run in the win.


On April 22, the Knights had their first home game of the season when they hosted Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart.


After a 12-0 slaughter over the Mustangs last week, St. Mary’s followed suit with another convincing win over its Tomahawk Conference rival. Sophomore Alex Sellner made his varsity debut as pitcher, and threw nine strikeouts, no walks and just five hits in six innings.


“We knew that he was going to be a good pitcher, saw that coming in the JV,” Woitas said. “He’s got a good composure, he attacks the strike zone, his ball has good movement and I thought he did a good job throwing a lot of strikes today.”


Sellner said it was nice to get on the bigger field after playing junior varsity his first couple of years.


“Felt great, I had a great defense behind me making plays for me all the time,” Sellner said. “Glad Coach gave me the opportunity.”


Meanwhile, St. Mary’s offense excelled early on. Junior Jay Helget got things going for the Knights in the second inning with a triple which brought home a run. A couple of walks plus a single RBI from Zinniel added another run. It was then Surprenant who hit a big double and St. Mary’s found itself with a quick 5-0 lead.


In the fourth, a run was scored off of a wild pitch and another was scored from a single RBI from B. Helget. In the fifth, Beltz hit a triple followed by hits from Colin Hoffmann, Elliot Braun, and Zinniel to bring the score to 9-0. The Mustangs got on the board in the sixth, after a catching error in the left field gave them a double. BLHS scored three more in the seventh after taking advantage of a couple of walks thrown by junior Nick DeMaris, but the game was all but over as the Knights went on to win 9-4.


J. Helget went 2-for-3, with one run, one triple, and one RBI in the win. Behind him was Zinniel, who went 2-for-3, one run and two RBI. Surprenant also had two RBI and senior John Brandl went 2-for-2, scoring two runs and one RBI.