The St. James High School baseball team got off to a fast start and had an even faster finish on Wednesday, as the Tigers went on to post a 10-5 Four Rivers Conference victory over Pacific Wednesday at Nelson Hart Park.
St. James improves to 4-12 overall and 1-3 in league play. The Pacific Indians fall to 6-4 and 3-1.
The Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. However, Pacific chipped away at that deficit, scoring two runs in the top of the third inning and tying it 4-4 with single runs in the fourth and fifth frames.
St. James took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.
After Pacific tallied its final run in the sixth, the Tigers put the game out of reach with another four runs in the bottom of the inning.
St. James outhit Pacific 10-8 and was able to overcome four errors.
Senior Jake Ford clubbed a home run and scored three times for the Tigers while Troy Parker had a three-run double; Nathan Strait had two hits and two RBI; Zack Russell had two hits; Elye Rogers had a hit and RBI; Zach Dean, Austin Gibson and Justin Ray each had a hit, and Jesse Hays scored twice and had an RBI.
Dean was the starting and winning pitcher for the Tigers, working 5 1/3 innings and allowing five runs and two walks. Brenn Bartz finished up on the mound for St. James.
Eain Roberts and Allen Fitzgerald each had two hits for Pacific.