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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch
  • Knights fall to Cathedral, BOLD in final games

  • The season is over for the St. Mary's baseball team after going 3-2 in the postseason.
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  • The season is over for the St. Mary’s baseball team after going 3-2 in the postseason.
    On May 29, the Knights traveled to Johnson Park in New Ulm to take on the Greyhounds.
    The struggles for St. Mary’s started right away in the first after a walk plus a double put runners on base for New Ulm. The Knights made a throwing error to third on the double, which gave Cathedral its first run of the game. Another run came off of a sacrifice hit, and the Greyhounds found themselves up 2-0.
    In the second, a walk from Jon Kopacek plus a single from Mike Zinniel gave St. Mary’s some opportunities. After a walk from Elliot Braun loaded the bases with two outs, yet another walk was thrown, this time to Jared Rothmeier who recorded the RBI. Despite the run, the Knights left three runners on base after David Surprenant struck out looking.
    In the bottom of the second, a walk plus a single and a sacrifice bunt scored one more for the Greyhounds. A wild pitch thrown from Kopacek added another to make it 4-1 New Ulm Cathedral.
    St. Mary’s meanwhile, struggled to get the key hits as the Greyhound defense was too strong. The closest chance came in the fourth, when a single from John Brandl plus a sacrifice hit from Zinniel put runners on base, but it was to no avail. The Knights left two more on in the fifth, while a couple of final hits from Cathedral in the fifth scored another to seal the game at 5-1.
    “A tough day at the ball park,” St. Mary’s Coach Bruce Woitas said. “NUC took advantage of everything they got and kept the pressure on and we could not take advantage of the chances we got.”
    On May 31, the Knights took on Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial in the losers bracket.
    St. Mary’s got on board first, taking advantage of the struggling Lake Crystal pitcher on the mound. After a couple of hits and walks scored two, Lake Crystal responded in the second with a run scored off of a double to make it 1-2.
    The game then turned into a defensive one as the third and fourth innings were scoreless. Lake Crystal however, scored a run in the fifth inning to tie the game at two. The 2-2 tie sent the game into extra innings all the way until the ninth, when a series of hits gave the Knights two runs to take the game 4-2.
    Despite having two more hits, Lake Crystal committed five errors which helped St. Mary’s record the win. Zinniel led on the mound, throwing eight strikeouts and just one walk. Sophomore Jared Beltz had the only RBI in the game, going 2-for-5 at the plate. Meanwhile, Surprenant, Mike Hirsch, Jay Helget, and Braun each scored a run.
    Page 2 of 2 - On June 3, St. Mary’s season came to an end with a 0-1 loss to BOLD.
    The rematch against the Warriors was a lot different than a week ago, as a pitching dual broke out early in the game. Surprenant led the Knights on the Mound, throwing multiple strikes in an almost repeat of the previous match-up.
    Both teams had multiple chances throughout the first six innings, but the game remained scoreless. A single from Surprenant plus a sacrifice hit from Brandon Helget gave St. Mary’s some chances in the third, but to no avail. Meanwhile, BOLD had an opportunity to score in the fourth, after a tough in-field bouncer left one on base, followed by a bunt and a sacrifice hit progressed the runner to third. However, a pop fly to right field ended the inning. Beltz made multiple clutch catches in right field for the Knights.
    The next chance for the Warriors was in the sixth. A walked batter plus a sacrifice hit send the runner to third with two outs, but a ground out ended the inning. However, in the seventh, two more walks were thrown from Surprenant, and BOLD went on to win with a walk-off hit over the St. Mary’s center fielder.
    The Knights end their season with an overall record of 20-6.

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