The fifth-ranked (Class 2A) St. Edmond baseball team finds themselves in a rut.
Clear Lake, meanwhile, is one of the hottest teams in the state right now, and showed Wednesday night as the Lions rolled to an 11-0 victory in five innings over the Gaels at Rogers Park.
St. Edmond (3-5 overall, 0-3 in North Central Conference) committed four errors and issued seven free passes as the third-ranked (3A) Lions scored six runs in the first and never looked back.
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Aaron Chalstrom slides into second base for St. Edmond against Clear Lake Wednesday at Rogers Park. For more photos, please visit CU?at www.messengernews.net
"We just aren't playing solid defense or getting good at-bats," SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. "And Clear Lake is a very good team that is playing very well at the moment.
"The good thing is we are only eight games into a long season and we have plenty of time to turn this around."
Clear Lake (8-1, 2-0) senior Jerry Kockler scattered just two hits - one each by Hank Crimmins and Cal Coleman - while striking out four and walking one. He did hit three batters, but his defense turned a double play in the third and played flawless behind him.
CLEAR LAKE 11, ST. EDMOND 0 (5 inn.)
Clear Lake600 32 - 11 9 0
St. Edmond000 00 - 0 2 4
Jerry Kockler (W, 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 K, 1 BB) and Rowdy Yates; Jason Setterdahl (L, 3 IP, 6 ER, 9 R, 7 H, 2 K, 2 BB), Tommy Setterdahl (1 1/3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K, 4 BB), Ryan Szalat (2/3 IP, 0 H, 1 K, 1 BB) and Matthew Bocken. 2B - CL: Mitch Keeran, Kockler, Yates (2). SB - CL: Gavin Sheakley, Brock Adams (2). RBI - CL: Matt Stephany, Adams (2), Keeran, Kockler, Yates.
Jason Setterdahl was hit with the loss, as he went three-plus innings, striking out a pair and walking two. After a 48-pitch first frame, the freshman settled down before being removed in the fourth.
"Jason is a ground ball pitcher and he did that (in the first)," Shanks said. "But we booted the ball around. You can't give a good team like Clear Lake extra chances because they will make you pay."
Gavin Sheakley reached base three times and scored each time, while Brock Adams drove in two. No. 9 hitter Rowdy Yates, though, did the most damage, finishing 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.
Since starting the year 3-0 and scoring 25 runs, the Gaels have lost five straight. During those games, they have scored just seven runs.
St. Edmond will try to break back into the win column when they travel to Hampton-Dumont Friday night. They play top-ranked (1A) Mason City Newman and No. 7 (2A) Iowa City Regina on Saturday at the Dowling Tournament in Des Moines.