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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Knights struggle, fall to GFW

  • Things just weren’t clicking for the St. Mary’s baseball team on April 25.
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  • Things just weren’t clicking for the St. Mary’s baseball team on April 25.
     
    Errors, pop flies, and poor defense doomed the Knights, who struggled to make plays in their first loss of the season.
     
    Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop opened things up in the first inning after a two-run double gave them the lead. St. Mary’s however, took advantage of some poor pitching made by the Thunderbirds and scored two runs of its own to tie the game at two.
     
    After two scoreless innings, GFW had a big inning in the fourth. Senior Mike Hirsch struggled on the mound for the Knights, allowing the Thunderbirds to grab multiple base hits and another two-run double which gave them four runs. Meanwhile, St. Mary’s struggled at the plate, hitting under the ball which tallied up the outs in a hurry.
     
    Senior John Brandl broke the lack of offense for the Knights in the bottom of the fourth after hitting a double which gave them some momentum. St. Mary’s was able to bring in two runs in the fourth to shorten the deficit to two. However, hopes of a late comeback were quickly diminished in the fifth and sixth innings. The Thunderbirds continued to hit well, while St. Mary’s struggled on the field.
     
    An RBI double from Jon Kopacek plus hits from Jay Helget and Brandon Helget led to a run scored for the Knights in the fifth, but a two-run home run from GFW in the sixth sealed the deal.
     
    In four innings, Hirsch allowed 10 hits and six runs, but threw three strikeouts and no walks. Junior Elliot Braun also threw three strikeouts, and allowed five hits and five runs. Hirsch led St. Mary’s at bat, going 1-for-2 with one double and two RBI.
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