Gael baseball team rolls into district final

The St. Edmond baseball team found their strength in seniors Hank Crimmins and Cal Coleman Tuesday night, advancing to a Class 2A district final behind a 10-0, five-inning victory over Manson Northwest Webster.

The Gaels (15-15 overall) will now face Southeast Valley (20-6) back at Rogers Park Saturday night. The Jaguars advanced with a 7-1 victory over Sioux Central.

Crimmins tossed a three-hitter, striking out three, while Coleman was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored out of the No. 9 hole in the lineup.

“Cal really worked on a few things with his swing, made the adjustment and came through big for us,” SEHS head coach Joe Shanks said. “And Hank pitched a very solid game. He was getting outs and not working deep into the count (Crimmins had 61 pitches in the game).”

St. Edmond jumped on the Cougars (10-16) in the first, plating two runs off three hits. Manson Northwest Webster played late into the night on Monday to advance, running through several pitchers in the process.

“I have complete respect for Mike Richman and his team because they do things the right way,” Shanks said. “They had a long night (vs. South Central Calhoun) and came away with an emotional win. That’s tough to get right back and play again, especially on our home field.”

The Gaels, who posted a 10-0 victory earlier this year over the Cougars, added a single run in the second, two more in the third and four in the fourth.

Crimmins was also 2-for-2 at the plate with a run scored, while five others had a hit. St. Edmond stole two bases and scored a pair of runs on balk calls.

“Our schedule has prepared us for this time of year,” Shanks said. “We know nothing is going to come easy, but the kids have the right attitude and are willing to do anything to win.”

The Gaels beat Southeast Valley once this season, 9-5, in a game that was delayed by weather.

For the Cougars, Tanner Peterson had a double. This was the final game for Mitch Rosendahl, Peterson and Braden Moser.