Gaels lose to Garrigan

St. Edmond head baseball coach Joe Shanks isn’t sure what buttons he needs to push as the postseason looms.

Monday night, the Gaels were unable to take advantage of a strong night at the plate, falling to North Central Conference rival Bishop Garrigan, 3-2, at Rogers Park.

Hank Crimmins and Cal Coleman were honored as part of Senior Night, with Crimmins doing his part. The ace of the pitching staff recorded 10 strikeouts, walked just three and scattered five hits.

“I’m not sure what happened, but we had no sense of urgency right from the start,” Shanks said. “We weren’t up and excited, and this was Garrigan, our biggest rival, taking the field. We didn’t have any fire or drive to rally back at all.

“I am really concerned with everything right now, from our lineup to our defense.”

The Golden Bears (17-14 overall, 8-7 in league) used two runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth to avenge a 10-0 loss earlier this year to the Gaels (14-13, 8-8) at the CYO Tournament. Ben Vaske, Reece Wadle and Chase Hatten all scored runs in the win.

Bishop Garrigan took advantage of two costly errors by the St. Edmond defense, plating a pair of runs in the process.

“Hank had a great night on the mound, we just didn’t do enough to support him,” Shanks said. “We weren’t making adjustments at the plate, and while (Miller) was a tricky left-hander, we need to be able to figure out pitching by the second and third times through the order.”

Along with his strong pitching performance, Crimmins was also 3-for-4 at the plate with the lone base hit in the game. He scored a run, while Robert Flattery added two hits.

These two teams will play again tonight in Algona in a make-up game postponed due to weather.