Things just keep clicking for the St. Edmond baseball team.
The Gaels picked up their fifth straight victory, moving closer to the .500 mark with a 9-1 victory over Eagle Grove at Rogers Park Wednesday night. The streak has followed up a nine-game skid that dropped St. Edmond (8-9 overall) from the Class 2A rankings.
The victory also avenged a 5-4 loss to Eagle Grove (5-10) earlier in the summer.
"We are at the point in our schedule where if we get organized and get going, we can get some things done," said SEHS head coach Joe Shanks. "We are starting to make things right. We're getting healthy, we are starting to swing the bat and we are getting good pitching."
St. Edmond rode the four-hit pitching effort of freshman Robert Flattery last night. He struck out eight to run his record to 3-2 for the season.
The Gaels backed him with nine hits and took advantage of seven Eagle Grove errors.
St. Edmond 9, Eagle Grove 1
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St. Edmond 103 131 x 9 9 1
Dylan Thielen, Jacob Grandgeorge (6) and Kent Jorgenson. Robert Flattery and Ryan Szalat. Balk- Thielen. PB- Jorgenson, Szalat. HBP- SE: Tommy Setterdahl. SB- EG: Brandon Johnson; SE: Szalat, Aaron Chalstrom. CS- SE: Cal Coleman. Sac- EG: Grandgeorge. LOB- EG 5, SE 8. T- 1:55.
"Robert's not overpowering, but he had his change-up working. They had a lot of swings and misses. He struggled a little bit in the middle innings, but bounced back once we got the lead," said Shanks. "We had some timely hits (Wednesday). We got guys on base and moved them around when we needed to."
Hank Crimmins and Cal Coleman sparked the St. Edmond offense with two hits each and both of them drove in a pair of runs.
The Gaels got an RBI single from David Flattery in the first for a 1-0 lead, then pushed it to 4-0 in the third, taking advantage of three Eagle Grove errors. Crimmins drove home one run and the other two scored on an error.
Eagle Grove got its lone run in the top of the fourth as Devon Shivers drove home Brenton Pohlman with a single.
St. Edmond made it 5-1 in the bottom of the frame on Crimmins' RBI single. The Gaels added three more in the fifth, again taking advantage of three errors. Jason Setterdahl had an RBI groundout and Coleman an RBI single in the frame. One run also scored on an error.
The Gaels' final run came in the sixth on an RBI single from Jason Setterdahl, scoring Tommy Setterdahl from third.
Shanks said last night's win and Friday's game with Clarion-Goldfield are big because the three were placed in the same district for the postseason and each game will affect seeding. Ogden, Roland-Story and South Hamilton are the other teams in the district.
There was a scary moment in the bottom of the second when Eagle Grove first baseman Logan Poncin smashed into the fence in foul territory while making a sliding catch just outside the Eagles' dugout. After being down for several moments, Poncin was helped off the field with several cuts to his face. He did not, however, have a broken nose according to St. Edmond's trainer.
The Gaels continue their busy week tonight, traveling to Gilmore City to take on West Bend-Mallard in a make-up game. JV starts at 5:30 with the varsity to follow. They return to Rogers Park Friday night against Clarion-Goldfield for a JV-varsity contest.
St. Edmond won the junior varsity contest last night, 8-3. Matthew Bocken had three hits while Logan Fear collected a pair of hits for the Gaels, now 8-3.