The St. James baseball team (6-4) opened the Salem Tournament on Friday, April 13 with a matchup against Licking. While the Tigers didn't get a chance to finish the tournament on Saturday due to weather, they got off to a great start with a walk-off 2-1 win. The rest of the tournament is still in limbo.
Pitching was the name of the game on Friday night and Drew Moritz provided a stellar performance for St. James. He allowed one run to come across in the third inning, but the run was unearned. Other than that blip on the radar, Mortiz was nearly perfect. He surrendered just two hits in seven innings of work, while striking out six and walking one. Despite the great performance, Moritz was still in line for the loss going into the bottom of the seventh.
The. St. James offense gave themselves some opportunities to score throughout the game, but couldn't come up with a much needed hit to put themselves on the board. That finally changed in the seventh inning when Ty Lewis stepped up with Drew Bouse and Gavin Caldwell on base. Lewis was clutch with his only hit of the game, driving in both runners to give the Tigers a 2-1 win.
St. James had five hits in the win. Andrew Branson had a two-hit game for the Tigers, Bouse had a hit in his only at bat, Caldwell scored after a walk, Alex Evans had one hit and Lewis was 1-2 with two walks and two RBI.
"Drew Moritz did a great job on the mound! We did a good job of staying patient," said head coach Shannon Snitker on the win. "We had several base runners, but couldn't get the timely hit to score them. We finally put it together in the seventh, which was when it counted."
While the rest of the tournament is still up in the air, the Tigers will have a quick return to the field. They'll host Four Rivers Conference rival St. Clair on Monday, April 16.