Gaels start with Eagles

STORY CITY – The St. Edmond baseball team will open postseason play against a familiar foe tonight.

The Gaels (15-13 overall), who drew the No. 3 seed will face sixth-seeded North Central Conference foe Eagle Grove (9-19) in a Class 2A district opener.

First pitch will be at 5 p.m. in Story City.

The Eagles won the opening contest by one, with a two-out, two-strike home run from sophomore Kent Jorgensen.

“We let the first game get away from us,” said St. Edmond head coach Joe Shanks. “I like seeing the team that we’re going to play. We know their style of baseball and the pitching, like where they deliver from.”

St. Edmond’s Jason Setterdahl (1-4) pitched five innings and Hank Crimmins came in for relief and picked up the loss.

Eagle Grove’s Brennan Cameron (4-8) earned the win. He allowed five hits and struck out 10 batters. Cameron has a 2.03 ERA and has fanned 66 batters.

“I would expect them to throw Cameron,” Shanks said. “He throws hard and has a good curveball.”

In the second contest the Gaels grabbed an impressive 9-1 victory. The Gaels pounded out 11 hits in the contest. Freshman Robert Flattery (5-3) threw a three-hitter and fanned eight batters.

The Gaels will start either Flattery or Setterdahl. Flattery enters with a 1.40 ERA and has struck out 39 batters. in 55 innings of work. Setterdahl has a 3.34 ERA and 31 strikeouts.

St. Edmond has won five of their last six games and 12 of 16, coming off a nine-game losing streak.

Hank Crimmins (.420) and Tommy Setterdahl (.352) are leading the Gaels at the plate. Crimmins leads the Gaels in RBI with 28.

Eagle Grove’s Brenton Pohlman (.329) and Brandon Johnson (.297) are the Eagles’ leading hitters.

“We’re are confident of where we are at,” Shanks said. “We need to make that play in our favor.”

The Gaels have started to find their way after the losing streak and are hoping to pick up another win over the Eagles.

“We are not a powerful team (the Gaels have only two home runs),” Shanks said. “We have to move runners around and be smart at the plate. We have to hit what they give us and take what they don’t.

“We have good pitching and good defense. We are getting better at the plate and have confidence when we make plays and a short memory when we don’t.”

The winner will play Ogden on Tuesday in Story City at 5 p.m.