The St. James baseball team (10-7) hosted Salem and Waynesville for an all Tiger doubleheader on Monday, April 30. Errors were St. James' downfall in both games, as they committed a total of 12 on the evening.
St. James started the night with their rescheduled game against Salem. The first game went downhill fast after they committed four errors before recording an out. Those errors opened the door for Salem to score seven runs in the opening frame. St. James outscored Salem after the first, but couldn't close the gap in an 8-4 loss. St. James committed a total of five errors in the game.
Drew Moritz started the game and allowed all eight runs, but only three of those runs were earned. He allowed seven hits in six innings, while walking one and striking out two. Michael Higginbotham closed out the final inning of the game, pitching a perfect frame.
Offensively, St. James did most of their damage with walks. The Tigers walked 10 times and collected three base knocks. Gunnar Seams had one of the three hits with a double. He drove in a run, scored once, walked and stole a base. Ty Lewis and Chessley Plank each added a hit for St. James, while Lucas Bahr, Drew Bouse and Alex Evans each drove in a run.
St. James then honored their 10 seniors between games, before going with an all senior lineup against Waynesville. Head coach Shannon Snitker was glad to have the opportunity the celebrate these seniors.
"I have enjoyed working with these young men," said the St. James head coach. "They have been a great group of kids for all sports throughout their high school careers."
Waynesville got out to an early lead with three runs in the top of the first. St. James fought back to tie the game at four in the third, but Waynesville scored four runs over the next to innings to put St. James away for good. Waynesville won the game 10-7.
Errors were again a problem for St. James, as they committed seven against Waynesville. Lewis started the game for St. James and allowed nine runs, but only one was earned after the slew of errors. Lewis allowed eight hits in 4.2 innings, walking one and striking out three. Andrew Branson closed out the final 2.1 innings, allowing one earned run on two hits, while striking out two.
The St. James offense was much more potent against Waynesville, as they racked up 12 hits. Bahr led the way with a 4-4 performance. Three of those hits were doubles. He drove in a run and scored once. Higgenbotham was 2-2 with an RBI. Lewis added two more hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Seams had a hit, an RBI and a run scored.
The Tigers will next travel to Cuba on Monday, April 7.