Humboldt tops Gaels

The Humboldt baseball team has played just three games this year, as weather has called off several others.

However, behind a 12-strikeout performance from Ben Jacobson and a two-run rally in the sixth, the Wildcats stopped St. Edmond at Rogers Sports Complex Friday night, 3-2.

The game was moved off the normal Gael field due to the recent string of heavy rains and moved to the mini-field known as “Wrigley Field.”

Jacobson, after allowing two first inning runs, allowed just one hit and kept the St. Edmond (3-2 overall, 0-1 in North Central Conference) hitters guessing at every pitch.

“Ben is a workhorse,” Humboldt head coach Jason Thurm said. “After that first inning, he really settled in. Credit St. Edmond because they got some timely hits (in the first) and made them count.”

Humboldt (3-0, 2-0) answered back with a run in the second. The score remained 2-1 until the sixth when they chased Gael starter Hank Crimmins.

Crimmins notched his eighth and ninth strikeouts in the frame, but the Wildcats plated two runs courtesy of Brady Shelgren and Chris Witzke.

Shelgren, a courtesy runner, came around to score on a double by Witzke – his second of the game. Witzke, a freshman, provided the eventual game-winning run on a single by Austin Zylstra.

“We preach patience at the plate and to work the count,” Thurm said. “Crimmins really impressed me with his pitching. We just finally were able to get some hits when it counted.”

Crimmins took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year. He had nine strikeouts but walked five batters. Combined, Crimmins and Jacobson hit four.

“Hank was really getting tired (in the sixth), but he tried to tough it out,” SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. “We just don’t have enough pop in our lineup right now.

“We don’t have enough guys producing top-to-bottom to be a strong team right now. I know they can hit; they just need to do it.”

Crimmins also had two hits at the plate, including a double and a run scored, while Tommy Setterdahl swiped two bases.

Zylstra had two RBI, Shelgren scored twice and Witzke finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Also, junior Zachary Parle notched the save, tossing a scoreless seventh inning.

Both teams return to action today in tournaments, as Humboldt hosts its own invite while the Gaels travel to Carroll for the CYO.