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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • St. Mary's Knights split games vs Greyhounds

  • The St. Mary's baseball team has gone 6-1 in its past seven games.
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  • The St. Mary’s baseball team has gone 6-1 in its past seven games.
    On May 1, the Knights traveled to Stark where they hosted Cedar Mountain/Comfrey in a double-header.
    It was a cold and windy day for baseball but that didn’t stop St. Mary’s, who jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first inning in game one. The Knights capitalized on a couple of errors made by the Rockets and hit well at the plate. Senior Mike Zinniel won the game for St. Mary’s defensively, after throwing five strikeouts, one walk and just two hits on the mound.
    “Mike attacked the strike zone and did a great job for us today,” Coach Bruce Woitas said.
    After a run was scored in the second and the third, the Knights scored three more in the bottom fifth to get the 10 run rule into play and avoid extra innings to take the game 10-0. Sophomore Jared Beltz led with two runs, one double, and two RBI, while senior John Brandl had one double and three RBI.
    It was much of the same in game two. St. Mary’s bats got going in the third, after hits from Brandl, Beltz, and junior Elliot Braun allowed the Knights to grab four runs. St. Mary’s stretched their lead even further in the fourth with three more runs.
    The Rockets got on the board in the bottom fourth, but St. Mary’s scored three more in the fifth to end the game 11-1.
    Junior David Surprenant was the winning pitcher after throwing 10 strikeouts and just one walk, one run and four hits over the five innings. Offensively, Brandon Helget led the team after going 3-for-3 at bat with three runs and one RBI. Junior Jon Kopacek had two runs, one double and one RBI, while Beltz added two RBI.
    On May 2, the Knights were on the road as they took on New Ulm Cathedral. It was a back-and-forth battle throughout, as St. Mary’s scored a run in the second, but the Greyhounds scored two runs in the third after multiple base hits and a couple of sacrifices gave them a one run lead. The lead then went back to the Knights in the fifth, after a couple of hits, including a double from Helget, resulted in two runs to set a 3-2 lead.
    However, the Greyhounds pulled out a clutch seventh inning after they connected with the ball for a couple hits which was enough to score two runs and take the game 4-3.
    Kopacek threw one strikeout and six walks in the loss. Beltz led at the plate after going 2-for-4 and one RBI.
    Page 2 of 2 - On May 3, St. Mary’s was on the road as it took on Wabasso in another double-header. It was a close first game as both teams had a few errors. Sophomore Alex Sellner threw seven strikeouts on the mound. Both Beltz and Brandl recorded doubles in the second inning which resulted in one run scored. After the Rabbits scored two in the third, the Knights scored one in the fourth and one in the eighth to take the game 3-2. Beltz led at the plate after going 2-for-4 with two RBI.
    Things were much easier for St. Mary’s in game two, after the Knights recorded a total of nine hits. Despite three errors made, St. Mary’s did well defensively, only allowing three runs in the 7-3 win. Winning pitcher went to Hirsch, who threw nine strikeouts in the win. At bat, Helget led with a triple, one run and one RBI. Surprenant added two runs and one double on the day.
    On May 6, St. Mary’s hosted Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial and New Ulm Cathedral.
    Sophomore Kodan Kosak pitched his varsity debut in the game, and threw three strikeouts and gave up two runs and just one walk over six innings. B. Helget went 3-for-3 with a double and a home run for the Knights, who got in a pickle in the late innings after junior Elliot Braun was struggling on the mound. However, Braun threw the outs needed to win as St. Mary’s ended the game on top, 10-6.
    Soon after, the Knights hosted Cathedral. After three straight outs in the first, including a diving catch from Jared Rothmeier, St. Mary’s got on the board after B. Helget hit a two RBI double in the first to take a crucial early lead. However, the Greyhounds responded with multiple doubles in the third to take a 3-2 lead. The Knights certainly weren’t discouraged over the one run deficit as they responded with four runs in the next half inning, including a two run home run from Beltz. A hit from Brandl and an RBI double from Zinniel helped score more.
    Cathedral responded to the home run with a solo home run in the fourth, which ended up being its last run of the night as Zinniel threw well on the mound. St. Mary’s hit well offensively, taking advantage of multiple walks thrown to add to their lead late in the game.
    B. Helget was 2-for-3 while Brandl was 3-for-4 in the win.

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