SE baseball team wins Memorial Day invite
Two games, two five-inning victories for the St. Edmond baseball team on Monday to open the 2014 season.
The Gaels left Patterson Field with the invite title, defeating West Marshall and Newell-Fonda by matching 14-4 scores.
While the wins were what St. Edmond (2-0 overall) head coach Joe Shanks wanted, more important was the production he saw from the top of his lineup through the No. 9 hitter.
“It felt like were got timely hits and good, quality at-bats from everybody that stepped up to the plate,” Shanks said. “Even the outs we had, they were good, hard hit balls. And the ones we got through the fielders, those were solid hits.”
Landon Hughett had the biggest one of them all, connecting on a home run in the opener. Hughett finished the day with two hits, two runs and a pair of RBI.
Hitting out of the leadoff spot, Matthew Bocken was 4-for-6 with four runs and three RBI on the day, while Hank Crimmins had two hits, four runs and three RBI to go along with three steals and a win in the nightcap on the mound.
Jason Setterdahl pitched the Gaels to victory in the opener, recording seven strikeouts around five walks and five hits. Crimmins had seven strikeouts as well, walking three and scattering four hits.
“If you asked Jason and Hank, I am sure they both would say they can pitch better, but this was the season opener and that was to be expected,” Shanks said. “I liked what I saw out of them, as they were in command of their pitches.
“We have a lot to work on and get better at, but this was a good start.”
Junior Colin Flattery collected two hits and three steals vs. the Trojans, while Michael Sharkey drove in a pair. Logan Fear scored twice and had an RBI out of the No. 9 slot.
Setterdahl and Cal Coleman added two hits and two runs each against the Mustangs (1-1), as the Gaels took advantage of seven errors. In the opener, St. Edmond used 10 walked batters to generate offense.
“We were patient at the plate and made them throw strikes,” Shanks said. “And when they did, our kids found holes and really drove the ball to all parts of the field.”
For Newell-Fonda, which beat Garner-Hayfield 2-1 to open the day, Ben Lindstrom and Gabe Podraza each had two hits. Brady Dicks drove in three runs with a third-inning double.
The Gaels continue their five-game week at Southeast Valley tonight. First-pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. in Dayton, as it marks the first game since Prairie Valley and Southeast Webster-Grand combined schools. St. Edmond returns back home Thursday and Friday against Manson Northwest Webster and Iowa Falls-Alden at Rogers Park.
The Mustangs travel to Early to meet Ridge View before visiting Storm Lake St. Mary’s on Wednesday. Their first home game is Thursday vs. Coon Rapids-Bayard.