The St. James baseball team (12-5) traveled to Steelville for a matchup on Tuesday, April 25. Runs were being scored left and right, but seven errors from St. James led to seven unearned runs and a 12-11 loss.
St. James was able to kick off the scoring effort in the top of the second with a pair of runs, kicking off a back and forth game. Both teams traded runs in the bottom of the third and the top of the fourth before a rough bottom of the fourth for St. James.
Steelville unloaded for six runs in the fourth inning, but that was not all on starting pitcher Alex Evans. Four of those runs came across home plate due to errors, giving Steelville a 7-3 lead. Evans was only able to get one out in the inning before being replaced by Ty Lewis.
The Tigers were able to chip back into the game in the top of the fifth with three runs before tying the game in the sixth. As soon as St. James tied things up, however, Steelville exploded for another four runs. Errors were again the downfall of St. James, as several of the runs were unearned. Lewis was able to stop the bleeding, but the Tigers trailed 11-7 with an inning to play.
The Tigers charged right back in the seventh, scoring four runs in the inning to tie the game at 11, needing three outs to force extra innings. Unfortunately for St. James, Steelville was able to push a final run across in the bottom of the seventh to take home a win. Lewis earned the loss despite the fact that three of the five runs he allowed were unearned.
St. James had several strong offensive efforts in the loss. Evan Grayson and Justin Marcee both drove in three runs, with Grayson doing so on three hits with a run scored and Marcee with one hit and a run scored. Evans, Lewis and Jaden Roark also each drove in runs. St. James combined for 12 hits and earned eight walks.
The Tigers will next host Sullivan for a Four Rivers Conference matchup on Thursday, April 27.