Schnell leads Humboldt past St. Edmond

The St. Edmond baseball team had their bats silenced in dropping an 8-1 North Central Conference decision to Humboldt here Wednesday at Rogers Sports Complex.

Falling for a fourth straight game, the 10th-ranked (Class 2A) Gaels (9-8 overall, 4-4 NCC) were held to just three hits by Wildcat hurlers Brenden Schnell and Chris Witzke.

“We still have a long way to go to get where we want to be,” said SEHS head coach Joe Shanks. “Schnell is a good pitcher and we kept battling him. (Humboldt) hit the ball pretty well the first three or four innings, too. I thought they looked good at the plate (Wednesday).”

Schnell (4-1) worked the first six innings, allowing three hits and one earned run. The junior right-hander walked none and fanned 10.

Witzke, a sophomore southpaw, then came on in relief to strike out the side in the seventh.

“Brenden did a super job of attacking (the strike zone) all night long, and our defense made some good plays behind him,” HHS head coach Jason Thurm said. “Our pitching has been strong all year long. Hopefully, we can get the bats going a little more now as well.”

Colin Flattery spoiled Schnell’s no-hit bid with an infield single to third in the sixth. Flattery later came home on Jason Setterdahl’s RBI single, which one-hopped past the Humboldt third baseman.

For the Wildcats (12-3, 5-3), Nick Laing finished 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Schnell and Dillon Fevold each delivered a pair of hits. Witzke and Fevold both scored twice.

Humboldt, which collected 10 hits, plated two runs in the first, four in the third and two more in the fifth. The Wildcats also swiped five bags.

“We just have to keep working on our defensive communication,” said Shanks. “There’s still a lot of season left to improve in that area.”

Robert Flattery added an infield single to third in the sixth for the only other St. Edmond hit.

Defensively, the Gaels turned a 5-3 double play in the seventh from Robert Flattery to Setterdahl.

St. Edmond returns to action Friday at Iowa Falls-Alden. Humboldt hosts No. 2 (3A) Clear Lake that same evening.