The St. James baseball team opened Districts against Southern Boone on Friday, May 12. The Tigers drew a tough first game in a difficult District, falling to the Eagles 3-2 in eight innings.
The Tigers struck first on Friday afternoon when Gunnar Seams ripped an RBI triple to score Andrew Brandon in the third inning. Southern Boone responded in the fifth with a pair of runs to take the lead. Lucas Bahr then doubled in a run in the sixth tie the game at two. That tie remained the same through seven innings, as the game was forced into extra innings.
Justin Marcee toed the rubber for St. James and pitched into the eighth inning. Southern Boone was able to score one more run off the senior in the eighth to retake the lead for good. Marcee was pulled after getting one out, allowing three runs, only two of which were earned, while striking out six, walking two and allowing seven hits. Drew Bouse came in to stop the bleeding, but the damage was done. St. James couldn't muster up a run in the bottom of the frame to be eliminated from Districts.
The St. James offense struggled to get things going all afternoon, as they only managed four base hits in the eight inning game. They also walked three times.
The loss ended St. James' season, but Marcee and Evan Grayson are the only players graduating, so a majority of the team will return next season.