The St. Benedict Saints split their two games this week, losing to Montgomery 7-2 before besting New Prague 12-8.
In Montgomery, the club’s offense sputtered early as the Saints only mustered six hits. Jeremy Heitkamp had two. Paul Hentges, Cole Minnick, Nick Heitkamp, and Zach Bakko had the others. Shane Ahlbrecht and Jeremy Heitkamp each threw scoreless innings of relief for the Saints.
St. Benedict was in jeopardy of dropping their third straight game, but rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to overcome an 8-5 deficit en route to victory over New Prague on Sunday.
Bakko had the big hit of the inning, driving a bases-loaded single to the gap. Carter Johnson had his best game for the Saints, going 4-5 with four RBIs. Mitchell Martin homered and doubled while scoring four runs.
Nick Heitkamp led an aggressive base-running day, stealing three of the team’s five bases. Jeremy Heitkamp, Matthias Duevel, and Trey Kocher all pitched for St. Benedict. Kocher earned the win.
With Monday’s game washed out, the team will enter June with a 2-3 record. They are at home both days this weekend. St. Benedict hosts Shakopee on Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. Union Hill travels to St. Benedict for a 2 p.m. game on Sunday.
“A big weekend ahead for us,” manager Wade Olsen said. “We play the two teams that knocked us out of the playoffs the last two seasons. We have six games in 12 days starting Saturday so we will need everybody to contribute.”
New Market and St. Patrick have distanced themselves from the pack early in the season as the top two teams. Teams 3-10 are separated by just a single game in the loss column.