The St. Benedict Saints had not been playing good baseball.
Mired in a four-game losing streak, the club needed something to go their way on Sunday while playing Faribault. Trailing 3-0, and facing ace Matt Lane, the team entered the sixth inning with a slim chance to rally and win. That’s exactly what they did.
Jeremy Heitkamp singled and ran home on Zach Bakko’s RBI single to cut the deficit to two.
The Saints clipped another run off in the seventh. Heitkamp’s third hit, combined with a single from Ryan Gale and two walks made the score 3-2.
Mitchell Martin took over from there. Martin homered in the eighth inning off Lane to tie the game at three. The game moved into extra innings where Martin ended the game in his next at-bat, launching a walkoff home run.
“Mitchell got off to a slow start, but the bat has been warming up,” manager Wade Olsen said. “He is clearly the guy we want at the plate in those situations.”
Martin’s heroics would not have been possible without great Saints defense and pitching. The club was errorless in the field for just the second time this season. Trey Kocher was dominant in relief, throwing five shutout innings to earn his second win.
Earlier in the week, the team fell at Elko 8-1 and at Faribault 12-5.
St. Benedict is at Veseli Wednesday, June 12 for an 8 p.m. game. Veseli is a half game ahead of the Saints in the DRS standings. The team is off on Father’s Day weekend and doesn’t return home until Wednesday, June 19 for a 6:15 p.m. matinee against St. Patrick.