The St. James baseball team (6-5) hosted Belle on Tuesday, April 17. St. James and Belle traded runs blow for blow for the first five innings, eventually going into extras. The Tigers couldn't find the run they needed in extras, and a run from Belle in the ninth gave them a 5-4 victory over St. James.
The scoring got started in the second inning when each team scored twice. St. James came back with a run in the fourth, before Belle took the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth. St. James again responded with another run in the top of the fifth.
After the fifth inning, the next two innings were scoreless, so the two Tiger teams were headed into extra innings. After a scoreless eighth, Belle got a run across in the top of the ninth and St. James couldn't find another run in response.
Errors were a big problem for St. James in the loss, as the Tigers committed six errors. Those errors led to three unearned runs in the contest.
"Belle did a good job of putting the ball in play and forcing us to defend," said St. James head coach Shannon Snitker. "We had too many errors all the way around. We have to clean things up at practice and put that game behind us."
Andrew Branson started the game for St. James, pitching seven innings. He allowed four runs, only two of which were earned, on 11 hits, while striking out one. Tyler Teague pitched in relief, going two innings and allowing the final run, which was also unearned, to take the loss. He surrendered just two hits in the process.
Offensively, Michael Higginbotham and Jaden Roark each drove in runs for St. James. Alex Evans was 2-4 at the plate with a double, a walk and a run scored. Lucas Bahr also had two hits and a runs scored. Drew Bouse and Drew Moritz both came around to score for St. James.
The Tigers will look to bounce back after two straight losses with a trip to Pacific for a Four Rivers Conference game on Thursday.