Gaels begin postseason trek

It’s been a rocky road as of late for the St. Edmond baseball team, but the Gaels are hoping to turn things around at Rogers Park.

The Gaels (14-15 overall) earned the No. 1 seed in their Class 2A, District 4 regional tournament and will open play tonight against Manson Northwest Webster (10-15).

Action will begin at 7 p.m.

The Cougars defeated South?Central Calhoun 14-10 on Monday night.

The Gaels beat MNW 10-0 earlier this season.

In its first year as a consolidated school, Southeast Valley earned the No. 2 seed and will play either Sioux Central tonight at 5 p.m. at Rogers Park.

“All these teams in this district are equally close,” said St. Edmond head coach Joe Shanks. “We dipped a little here, but the attitudes of these kids are great.

“We need to do a few things here and there to get things where we want them to be.”

The Gaels have lost seven of their last eight contests, with four of the losses coming by two runs or less.

St. Edmond senior Hank Crimmins (5-4) will get the start for the Gaels tonight. Crimmins holds a 2.91 ERA and has struck out a team high 65 batters.

Crimmins is also the leader at the plate for the Gaels, hitting at a .414 clip with 33 RBI and 14 stolen bases, all team highs.

“Hank is our senior leader and our go to guy,” Shanks said. “A lot of kids have learned to play through him.”

Sophomore Jason Setterdahl is hitting at a .356 clip with 23 RBI.

“These guys have a lot of fire,” Shanks said. “We are ready to play and want to see how far we can carry it.”

The Titans are led at the plate by sophomore Cyle King, who is batting at a .426 clip. Junior John Curran is hitting .391 and sophomore Colin Carlson is hitting .346.

Carlson leads the team with 26 RBI and Curran has batted in 24.

The Cougars are paced by senior Braden Moser (.350). Moser has driven in eight runs and stolen 11 bases.

Dylan Samuelson (12), Tanner Peterson (11) and Christian Whitehill (10) lead the team in RBI.