Gaels shutout Cougars

St. Edmond’s baseball team continued its offensive onslaught to start the season, beating Manson-Northwest Webster 10-0 at Harlan Rogers Thursday night.

The Gaels, now 3-0, have three mercy-rule victories under their belt after a pair of 14-4 wins over West Marshall and Newell-Fonda on Memorial Day.

“I like our patience at the plate,” said Gael Coach Joe Shanks. “For the third game of the year, I like what we are doing. We put pressure on their defense by putting the ball in play and took advantage of what they gave us.”

St. Edmond banged out 10 hits, drew 11 walks and took advantage of four errors from the Cougars, who were making their season-debut.

“We’re still a young team, but we practice hard and when it gets to game time, we’re all on the same page. That makes everyone’s job easier,” said Shanks.

Matthew Bocken went the first three-plus innings for the Gaels on the mound before giving way to Colin Flattery in the fourth. Bocken allowed two hits while Flattery retired the first eight batters he faced before allowing a single in the top of the sixth inning.

“Matthew wasn’t that sharp. He got a big double play to help him out then Colin came in and shut the door. He did a nice job,” added Shanks.

The Gaels scored in every inning but one. They got an RBI double from Hank Crimmins in the first inning and added three more in the second. The Cougars had an error and a wild pitch in the frame to go along with a double from Logan Fear and an RBI single from Crimmins. Reid Johnson also scored from third on a double steal.

Jason Setterdahl tripled to start the bottom of the third and scored the first of two runs. Flattery had an RBI single and Bocken a sacrifice fly.

The Gaels got two in the fourth thanks to another wild pitch and an error by Manson-NW Webster. The Gaels ended it in the sixth after Crimmins smacked a two-run single with the bases loaded.

Crimmins finished 3-for-4. Landon Hughett had two hits as did Fear.

The Cougars threatened in the second inning, putting two runners on base, but Bocken got two strikeouts to end the frame. A 4-6-3 double play got Bocken out of a bases-loaded jam in the third.

Flattery came on in the fourth with runners at second and third, but got pop up and two ground outs to end that threat.

He then struck out the next four batters he faced and retired eight straight before Cal Twait had a two-out single in the sixth for the Cougars.

The Gaels played error-less defense. Shanks said a lot of credit for that goes to the grounds crew at Harlan Rogers and the Parks and Recreation Department for the work they did on the infield.

St. Edmond won the junior varsity contest, 6-2. Donovan Perry was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

The Gaels open North Central Conference play tonight, hosting Iowa Falls-Alden. JV starts at 5:30 with the varsity to follow.

The Cougars take on East Sac County Wednesday.