The St. James baseball team finished off play in the Four Rivers Tournament with a matchup with Montgomery County on Friday, Mar. 22 pair of games on Saturday, Mar. 23. After a 6-3 loss on Friday, the Tigers started the day Saturday with a comeback 8-7 win over Owensville, before beating Hermann 8-3 for their first two wins of the young season.
Montgomery County struck first on Friday and St. James couldn't recover. The Wildcats scored a run in each of the first two innings, before tacking on two more in the fourth. St. James finally got their offense going with a pair of runs in the fifth, before Montgomery County tacked on two more runs in the sixth. St. James tried to start a comeback in the seventh, but were stifled after scoring just one run in a 6-3 loss.
Andrew Branson led St. James with two hits and an RBI in the loss. Lucas Bahr added an RBI, while Lyndon Carson had a pair of base knocks. St. James had just four hits in the game.
Dyllan Gibson handled the starting duties, allowing four runs, two of which were unearned, in four innings. He allowed 10 hits, walked one and struck out three. Rustin Branum came in to relieve him, pitching three innings. He allowed two runs on four hits and a walk.
St. James got behind the eight ball early against Owensville, as the Dutchmen struck first with four runs in the top of the first. The Dutchmen then added to that lead with a run in the top of the fourth, before St. James got on the board in the bottom of the frame. That first run helped jumpstart the Tiger offense, as they struck for three runs in the fifth, before Owensville retaliated with two runs in the top of the sixth to extend their lead to 7-4. St. James took the lead for good with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, completing the comeback in an 8-7 victory.
Three different players had multi-RBI games for the Tigers, as Branson, Branum and Drew Moritz each knocked in a pair. Branson had one hit and a walk, scoring twice in the victory, while Branum had two hits, a run scored and a walk. Moritz scored a run along the way in the win. Trey Riley and Derek Skaggs each had a hit and an RBI on the way to the St. James victory.
Branson handled the starting duties, allowing five runs, one of which was unearned, on seven hits in four innings of work. He struck out two in the process. Carson closed things out, earning the win while allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a walk.
St. James had an easier time in their second game against Hermann. After Hermann opened the game with two runs in the top of the first, St. James drove in four runs in the bottom of the frame, before tacking on three more in the second. St. James added a run in the fifth, while Hermann scored one final run in the top of the seventh on the way to an 8-3 victory for the Tigers.
Bahr led the St. James offense with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored to go along with a walk. Branson drove in a run and scored once on three hits. Gibson drove in a run on two hits and scored twice. Carson drove in a run and had one hit. Moritz and Branum each had two hits for St. James in the victory.
Dylan Hopper earned the win for St. James, allowing two runs on four hits in four innings of work. He struck out four and walked none. Tyler Teague closed things out with three innings of relief, allowing one run on one hit and two walks, while striking out two.
"We are improving," said head coach Shannon Snitker on the pair of wins. "We finally got to practice outside and go over some live scenarios that bit us in the butt during the first three games. We handled those situations much better and the baseball started finding some holes. We hit the ball hard the first two games and ran into a good Montgomery County team, who is solid, and let a couple of errors hurt us. They hit the ball well though. This weekend we finally got some timely hits and scored some runs."
Next up for the Tigers is a home game against Newburg on Tuesday.