The St. James baseball team (9-7) hosted Steelville for a non-conference matchup on Wednesday, April 24. Two days after scoring 12 in a mercy rule win over New Haven, St. James kept rolling offensively with a 10-0 win over Steelville.
St. James hit the ground running with four runs in the first inning and never looked back. Their offense was quiet for the next three innings, but stellar pitching allowed their 4-0 lead to stand. The Tigers put the game away in the fifth with six more runs, which put the mercy rule into effect for a five inning 20-0 victory.
Gunnar Seams led the St. James offense in the win. His lone hit was a home run in the victory. Seams drove in three runs, scored twice and added a stolen base for good measure. Drew Bouse added two RBI, going 1-3. Alex Evans, who also pitched for St. James, helped himself out at the plate with an RBI and a double. Chessley Plank also drove in a run of the Tigers. As a team, St. James only needed six hits and two walks to score the 10 runs. They also swiped three bags as a team.
The Tiger offense was bolstered by excellent pitching. Evans pitched all five innings and allowed just three hits. He didn't walk any batters and struck out four in the victory.
"We came out hitting the ball early and Alex Evans did a great job on the mound," said head coach Shannon Snitker of the game.
St. James followed the victory with a trip to Sullivan for a Four Rivers Conference matchup on Thursday, but results were not available at press time. Next up is a doubleheader on Monday, April 30. First up will be a rescheduled matchup with Salem, before facing Waynesville in game two.