Eagle Grove tops Gaels with walk-off HR

EAGLE GROVE – Kent Jorgensen played the role of hero for the Eagle Grove baseball team Monday night.

The sophomore catcher belted a solo home run on a 2-0 count with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, lifting the Eagles (5-6 overall, 3-3 North Central Conference) to a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over St. Edmond.

“This was the type of game in the past that we would’ve came up with a big hit or made a play,” said SEHS head coach Joe Shanks. “Our kids are giving a good effort, but we’re just a little green in the gills right now.”

David Flattery contributed a single, double and two RBI for the 10th-ranked (Class 2A) Gaels (3-9, 0-5), who have now dropped nine straight games. Making his first-ever appearance in right field, Brady Reiling also shined for St. Edmond by gunning down the potential go-ahead run at the plate on Brenton Pohlman’s single in the sixth.

Brennan Cameron went the distance on the mound for Eagle Grove, scattering five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts.

Hank Crimmins (1-3) took the loss in relief for St. Edmond, which saw its nine-game winning streak against the Eagles come to an end.

“We’ve now lost four one-run games this season,” said Shanks. “We’ve just got to learn from this and start making some things happen.”

The Gaels will look to rebound Wednesday when they welcome Iowa Falls-Alden. Eagle Grove hosts West Bend-Mallard this evening.