St. James (10-4) took a break from the Four Rivers Conference for a trip to Belle on Tuesday, April 18. After a slow start, the Tigers exploded for 10 runs on their way to a 10-5 win.
Tuesday's game started off as a pitchers' dual, as neither team scored in the first two innings. The Tigers were then able to get things going in the top of the third. St. James was able to start the inning with a walk and an error before Gunnar Seams drove in the first run of the game on a single. Evan Grayson then stepped up after two outs and knocked in a pair of runs with a single of his own to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
Belle was able to chip back in with a run in the bottom of the inning after a walk and an RBI double. The fourth inning was again scoreless, but St. James was able to kickstart the offense again in the fifth.
Drew Bouse and Grayson hit back to back singles with one out in the fifth, giving Lucas Bahr a golden opportunity to drive in runs. He did just that by roping a double to drive in both runners. After an out and an Alex Evans walk, Justin Marcce was able to knock in a pair of runs with a double of his own, pushing the Tiger lead to 7-1.
While the offense was clicking, Bouse was dealing on the mound. Through five innings he had allowed just one run on two hits and two walks. He was able to get some more run support in the sixth inning and it started with Seams. The junior led off the inning with a solo shot, setting the tone for more offense. Bahr was able to drive in his third run of the game, while Evans drove in his first, to push the score to 10-1.
Bouse had his only hiccups in the sixth inning. After the firs batter in the inning reached on an error, Bouse let up back to back to back home runs to start a comeback, but he was able to stop the bleeding and keep the score at 10-4. Belle was able to add one more in the seventh, but it was too little too late and St. James finished off a 10-5 win.
Bahr led the Tigers with three RBI in the win with two hits and two runs scored. Seams, Grayson and Marcee each drove in a pair of runs, with the biggest run of them coming on the home run from Seams. Andrew Branson was the only batter to not record a base hit for St. James, but he did score a run.
Bouse earned the win for St. James by pitching six innings and allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on four hits and hour walks. Seams pitched the seventh inning, allowing one run on one hit.
St. James followed the win with a rescheduled game against Newburg on Wednesday, April 19, but results were not available at press time. They will continue their streak of playing a game every weekday this week when they host Pacific on Thursday, April 20.