St. Benedict Saints

Sometimes youth brings inconsistency.

Never was that more apparent than St. Benedict's two games last week.

The team laid an egg in New Prague playing poorly in all facets falling 9-2 to the Orioles. The club rebounded 48 hours later to play their most complete game of the season, an 11-2 dispatching of Lonsdale.

Nothing went right for the Saints in New Prague.

The team scored runs in the first and ninth innings. Zach Bakko singled home Carter Hodapp in the first inning. Jon Huss drove in Brendan Heitkamp in the ninth. The team only had five hits.

Trey Kocher, Paul Hentges, Cody Pirkl, and Tanner Oakes all pitched for St. Benedict.

The loss in New Prague made the Lonsdale game a "must-win" contest on Friday.

The heart of the Saints order delivered as Mitchell Martin and Zach Bakko combined for seven hits, seven RBIs. Bakko broke open a close game with a three-run home run in the fifth. Jeremy and Nick Heitkamp also added two hits each.

Alex Donkers pitched six strong innings giving up a pair of unearned runs. Matthias Duevel and Cole Minnick were dominant in relief just giving up one hit and striking out five.

St. Benedict sit in seventh place in the D-R-S Standings.

The team has a pair of games this weekend. They are at league leader New Market on Saturday at 2 p.m. St. Benedict returns home Sunday to host Lonsdale at 2 p.m. as well.

Manager Wade Olsen commented on the recent games and upcoming schedule. "Can't play any worse than at New Prague. Played extremely well in Lonsdale. Baseball is weird that way. We are in an okay spot, but need to take care of business Sunday against Lonsdale, a team right on our heels."

The Saints are 6-10 with only three weeks remaining in the regular season.


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