Gaels drop three
Turn the page and move on.
That was the mindset of the St. Edmond baseball team after suffering three losses here Wednesday at Rogers Sports Complex.
After dropping a 13-2 decision to intra-city rival Fort Dodge in the completion of a suspended contest, the Gaels (13-11 overall, 7-6 in the NCC) fell to No. 1 (Class 3A) and defending state champion Clear Lake and Webster City in North Central Conference play by scores of 16-0 and 7-5, respectively.
Against the Lynx, senior No. 3 batter Hank Crimmins went 2-for-3 offensively with two doubles, two RBI, a walk and a run scored.
Sophomore Reid Johnson also contributed two hits for St. Edmond, which nearly pulled off a late rally with three runs off five straight two-out hits in the bottom of the seventh. Two of those hits were actually misplayed by the Lynx center fielder.
“We gave (Webster City) four extra outs by not handling bunts and fly balls, which came back to hurt us in the end,” SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. “This was a game we feel we let slip away. We looked dead in the water there until that last inning when we were finally able to string some hits together.”
Ben Mossman, Cal Zahn, Doug Stoakes and Cole Reigelsberger all delivered a pair of hits for the Lynx (10-9, 5-7), who avenged an earlier 5-2 setback to the Gaels. Six of the 11 Webster City hits were two-baggers.
“It was sort of a similar game to the last time we played (the Gaels), but we got some timely hits and solid pitching,” said WCHS head coach Troy Smock. “You always want to be playing your best baseball when the calendar turns to July. I don’t know if we’re playing our best baseball right now, but we’re playing pretty darn good for us.”
Daniel Halko, a junior, posted the win on the mound for the Lynx, scattering 11 hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. Halko walked three and fanned five. He sent down the side in order in both the second and third innings.
Seth Crouthamel notched the final out in relief for his first save of the year, stranding St. Edmond base runners on first and second.
As a team, the Gaels pounded out 11 hits and committed three errors. St. Edmond left eight runners on base, including six in scoring position.
“We had our chances, but we just weren’t able to come up with that one big hit,” Shanks said. “(Jason) Setterdahl stung the ball hard with the bases loaded right at (the Webster City second baseman), but that’s baseball.”
Defensively, the Gaels also turned an impressive 5-2-3 double play from Ryan Szalat to Matthew Bocken to Setterdahl to end the sixth.
Crimmins (5-3) went the distance in the loss for St. Edmond, surrendering five earned runs with one walk and five strikeouts.
“Webster City showed they can hit the ball (Wednesday),” said Shanks. “They’ve really improved offensively from the first time we faced them.”
Looking to rebound, the Gaels visit Hampton-Dumont and Clarion-Goldfield today. Start times are set for 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The Lynx also return to action this evening, hosting Iowa Falls-Alden.