The St. James baseball team hit the road for a matchup with Belle on Tuesday, April 16. The Tigers bounced back after a tough conference loss on Monday to come away with a 5-3 win.

The bulk of St. James' offense came across in the fifth inning. The Tigers entered the top of the frame trailing by a run, before Andrew Branson smacked a two-run double. Drew Moritz followed with a two-run single and the Tigers were rolling. 

Belle came back with a run in the sixth, but the Tigers were able to tack on an insurance run on a bases loaded walk by Lyndon Carson in the top of the seventh. Dyllan Gibson came in to close things out on the mound for St. James, allowing one run, but earning the save to finish off the win.

Dylan Hopper got the start on the mound for St. James, allowing two runs in six innings of work.

"The kids did a good job of staying in the moment and getting key hits with runners in scoring position," said head coach Shannon Snitker. "It was a well played game!" 

The Tigers still had one big game left to play this week, as their matchup with St. Clair was moved up to Wednesday in anticipation of rain on Thursday. Results from that game were not available at press time. After three straight games to open the week, St. James will be off until after Easter. They'll face off against Pacific at home for another Four Rivers Conference matchup on Monday, before a trip to Steelville on Tuesday.