The St. Benedict Saints were defeated by St. Patrick on Saturday 10-2.
The Saints scored a run in the first inning as Jeremy Heitkamp and Zach Bakko each singled. A potential big inning was foiled by a double-play ball to limit the damage to a run.
Trailing 2-1 in the fifth, the club evened the score. Wade Olsen singled and was moved up a base via Noah Miller’s sacrifice bunt. He scored on Heitkamp’s second hit to even the score at two.
That point in the game is where the positives stopped as St. Patrick proved why they are a top team in state, taking advantage of Saints’ miscues to pull away and win handily.
“They have a very nice team,” manager Wade Olsen said. “We had a couple long innings in the field in the fifth and sixth which made all of us a little lifeless. We need to do a better job staying with it than we did on Saturday.”
Heitkamp and Bakko had two hits each. Olsen and Miller had the other two base hits for the Saints. Alex Donkers, Paul Hentges, and Trey Kocher split the game on the mound. Kocher struck out the side in the seventh inning.
St. Benedict’s scheduled game with Montgomery on Sunday was rained out. The team travels to Montgomery on Friday night for an 8 p.m. start. The club returns home on Sunday and Monday for 2 p.m. games versus New Prague and St. Patrick.