By DANA BECKER
The St. Edmond baseball team pushed their current win streak to seven in a row, defeating Clarion-Goldfield at Rogers Park Friday night, 5-1.
Hank Crimmins picked up his fourth victory of the year on the mound, going the distance with 10 strikeouts. He allowed just two base hits, but did walk five batters.
David Flattery drove in four runs on a pair of doubles, while Crimmins also had two hits. Aaron Chalstrom scored two runs for the Gaels (10-9 overall, 5-5 in North Central Conference).
"Hank was effective with his breaking pitches and our defense really backed him up," SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. "We turned a nice double play in the sixth to get out of a jam, and David had some big hits for us.
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Trenton Sann (L, 3-3, 6 IP, 5 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 5 K, 4 BB) and Matt Odland; Hank Crimmins (W, 4-3, 7 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 10 K, 5 BB) and Brady Reiling. 2B-SE: Crimmins (2), David Flattery. MH-SE: Crimmins (2), Flattery (2). RBI-SE: Crimmins, Flattery (4). SB-CG: Logan Reichter, Ryan Waters, Sann; SE: Aaron Chalstrom, Crimmins.
"We're starting to string things together. This win streak has allowed us to build some much-needed confidence and momentum."
After opening the year with three straight wins, St. Edmond dropped its next nine games - including five within the conference.
Since that time, though, they have outscored the opposition 68-26.
"We've been working on fine-tuning a few things at the plate and it has been paying off," Shanks said. "I also feel like the kids have more confidence in where they are playing (in the field), and that is allowing them to relax with the bat in their hands.
"It's been a process, but we're coming together."
The Gaels jumped all over Cowboy (8-10, 3-6) starter Trenton Sann in the first, plating a pair of runs to back Crimmins. They added three more in the fourth after an RBI double by Crimmins and a two-RBI double from Flattery.
Matt Odland scored the lone run for Clarion-Goldfield, while Ryan Waters had a base hit and a steal.
With a five-game week behind them, St. Edmond will play three times next week, including two NCC road games at Clear Lake and Webster City. They visit Ed McNeil Field and fifth-ranked (Class 4A) Fort Dodge next Friday.