SE baseball team opens with no-hit win

St. Edmond opened its 2013 baseball season in the victory column here Monday night at Rogers Sports Complex.

In a game that featured a weather delay of nearly one hour and 15 minutes, the Gaels (1-0 overall) blanked North Union by a 6-0 count.

Junior Hank Crimmins, senior David Flattery and freshman Jason Setterdahl combined to no-hit the Warriors (0-1).

“It was one of those early-season games where both teams struggled offensively,” SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. “Even though we didn’t hit especially well, we threw the ball over the plate and made all the plays in the field.”

Crimmins (1-0) worked the first four innings, striking out seven with four walks. Setterdahl notched the final nine outs for the save, fanning six and walking four.

“We’re a little inexperienced and have a long way to go, but everyone knows that,” said Shanks. “(North Union) is a good ballclub and is well-coached, though, so this was a good test for our first game.”

The Gaels managed just three hits of their own against Warrior hurlers Sawyer Doocy and Garrett Johnson. Brady Reiling, Flattery and Tommy Setterdahl each contributed infield singles for SEHS.

Tommy Setterdahl also drove in a pair, while Crimmins scored twice. St. Edmond tallied two runs on wild pitches and two others on a throwing error by North Union’s shortstop.

Leading 2-0 with two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the third, the contest was halted due to lightning and rain.

“It was real iffy there for awhile if were going to be able to continue, but the rain was just light enough and the big thunderhead moved in another direction,” Shanks said.

Facing just his second hitter, Flattery was also forced to leave the mound in the middle of an at-bat with an apparent right elbow injury.

“David had a little elbow discomfort and didn’t feel right, but we’ll have our trainer take a look at it now,” Shanks said.

On the junior varsity side, the Gaels narrowly escaped with a 3-2 triumph over the Warriors. Logan Fear plated the winning run for St. Edmond with a walk-off walk, while Michael Sharkey added a RBI single.

St. Edmond returns to the diamond tonight, hosting Prairie Valley.