The fourth-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond baseball team picked up their fourth shutout victory of the season Monday night, downing North Central Conference rival Humboldt, 10-0 in five innings.
Nick Clark improved to 5-1 on the mound, while the Gaels pushed their overall mark to 17-6 and their league standing to 8-4.
Coming off a 2-1 setback to No. 5 (1A) Bishop Garrigan last week, St. Edmond jumped all over the Wildcats (15-7, 6-6), who entered on a five-game win streak.
"Nick has been really sharp over his last two outings," SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. "He's done a great job of mixing his pitches, getting easy outs and having quick innings. We have a busy week ahead, and he only threw about 60 pitches (Monday), so we might be able to bring him back."
The Gaels play at Algona on Wednesday before hosting Clarion-Goldfield Thursday in a doubleheader. After that, St. Edmond takes on No. 4 (4A) Fort Dodge in an intra-city tilt.
David Flattery drove in Clark in the first to get the scoring started, while five more Gael runs would come across in the third. Nate Kolacia and Aaron Chalstrom each had RBI doubles, while Hank Crimmins added an RBI single.
ST. EDMOND 10, HUMBOLDT 0 (5 inn.)
Humboldt 000 00 - 0 4 4
St. Edmond 105 4x - 10 10 0
Peyton Vote (L, 4-2) and Dylan Nelson; Nick Clark (W, 5-1) and Matthew Bocken. 2B - SE: Nate Kolacia, Aaron Chalstrom. RBI - SE: David Flattery, Kolacia, Hank Crimmins, Chalstrom (2), Bocken.
"Aaron did a nice job up at the plate, as did Nate," Shanks said. "We have some aggressive guys on the bases, and they do a great job of creating offense for us. So far, we haven't been too aggressive, though, so that's good."
Crimmins finished 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored, while Flattery was 2-for-3 and Chalstrom was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Caul Fevold had two base hits for Humboldt.