SE baseball squad just misses upset

CLEAR LAKE – Despite a valiant effort, the St. Edmond baseball team dropped a tight 2-1 decision to No. 2 (Class 3A) Clear Lake in its regular season finale Tuesday night.

Hank Crimmins was gunned down at the plate by Gavin Sheakley on a controversial play for the final out of the game after David Flattery’s clutch single up the middle.

“We did what we had to do, but we just didn’t get a call at the end,” said SEHS head coach Joe Shanks. “We had some chances throughout the game, and we couldn’t get a big hit.”

Matthew Bocken contributed a single, double and stolen base for the Gaels (15-13 overall, 10-8 North Central Conference), who saw their five-game winning streak halted. Cal Coleman drove in the lone SEHS score with a RBI infield single in the sixth.

Jason Setterdahl (1-4) was the tough-luck losing pitcher, allowing six hits and two earned runs. The freshman southpaw walked one and fanned seven.

“Jason threw a really nice game and had command of his pitches,” Shanks said. “We matched the No. 2 team in 3A pitch for pitch on their home field.

“I was happy with the effort.”

Offensively, the Lions (28-3, 15-1) tallied single runs in the third and fifth innings.

St. Edmond will now face Eagle Grove in a 2A, District 4 quarterfinal Saturday night at 5 p.m. in Story City. The Gaels split with the Eagles during the regular season.