The St. James baseball team (6-6, 1-3 FRC) hosted Union for a Four Rivers Conference matchup on Monday, April 15. The Tigers couldn't get their offense rolling in a 7-2 loss to their conference rival.
Union got the ball rolling with a run in the top of the first and never trailed after that. They tacked on two more in the third and another in the fourth, before capping things off with a three run seventh.
St. James, meanwhile, couldn't get into a rhythm. The Tigers hit a lot of fly balls and sharp winds kept everything hit into the outfield from being able to carry. As a result, St. James didn't on the board until Andrew Branson and Lucas Bahr hit two-out RBI singles in the seventh. They made a push at the end by loading the bases, but they couldn't keep their late momentum going, stranding the bases loaded to end the game. While head coach Shannon Snitker liked that his team fought until the end, he wishes his hitters had made those adjustments earlier in the game.
"I think we have to do a better job ob understanding weather conditions. You can't have seven or eight fly ball outs when the wind is blowing in, you've gotta hit the baseball on the ground and bunt, line drives at the most, to give yourselves a chance to make them have to make a play to get you out," said coach Snitker after the game. "We talked about that before the game, but if you don't execute, you don't win."
The Tigers scattered eight hits offensively, as Bahr, Lyndon Carsona and Dyllan Gibson each collected two hits in the loss.
Derek Skaggs got the start for St. James, getting all but one of the outs in the contest. He allowed seven runs, one of which was unearned, on 11 hits and no walks. He struck out two along the way. Gibson came in to collect the final out, allowing a hit in one-third of an inning.
The Tigers didn't have much time to sit and think about the loss, because they followed the matchup with a game against Belle (11-4) on Tuesday. Results from that game were not available at press time. St. James will travel to St. Clair for another Four Rivers Conference matchup on Wednesday. That game was originally scheduled for Thursday, but was moved up a day because of the potential weather.