COLDWATER — The St. Marys ACME baseball team got timely hits, as the Riders defeated the Coldwater Cavaliers 6-3 Friday evening at Veteran’s Field.
“This win was huge for the players tonight,” St. Marys head coach Alan Huber said. “One of the things I told the kids this is the level that we have to play at all the time. This is the level that we are capable of playing at. When we stay focused and we are doing the things that we need to do we can be at the level.”
St. Marys got on the board right away with a run in the first inning. Dirk Fenwick drew a leadoff walk and went to third when Kyle Kiefer reached on a bunt error. A single by Mason Gross loaded the bases and Fenwick scored on a double play groundout.
St. Marys continued hitting the ball in key times in the top of the third. Fenwick led off with a walk and advanced to third on a double by Kiefer. Fenwick came home on a single by Gross who promptly stole second. A walk to Leffel loaded the bases, but Kiefer was out on a double play hit into by Brandon Coffey. Nate Vogel doubled to right to drive home Gross and Leffel and give St. Marys a 4-0 lead.
St. Marys ended its scoring in the fourth inning. Tyler McMurray led off with a double to center and scored when Codie Deaton reached on an error. Following a pop up, Kiefer singled and attempted to steal second. He was out but Deaton came home to score making the score 6-1.
Mason Gross went six innings giving up all three runs on only seven hits. He walked four batters. C. J. Lohr went two thirds of an inning walking one and Cody Deaton pitched a third of an inning walking one and striking out one.
“We couldn’t have asked any more of Mason Gross on the mound,” Huber said. “He pitched his butt off and we wouldn’t have won without him. C. J. came in and got a couple of outs. He took a big shot on the mound and I told him I was taking him out because I could see it was starting to bruise from the dugout. Cody came in and got the final out.”
Kyle Kiefer was 3 for 4 and reached on an error, while McMurray was two for three and Gross was 2 for 4 at the plate.
St. Marys (8-5) was originally scheduled to play New Bremen twice on Saturday in a doubleheader at K. C. Geiger Park, but instead St. Marys will play Minster at 11 a.m. and then play New Bremen at 1:30 p.m.
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