Solid pitching, timely hitting aides St. Marys

St. Marys’ starting pitcher Derek Jay (30) pitches the ball on Monday in a non-league game against Parkway. Jay pitched six innings for the win.
By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

 

Timely hitting and a solid pitching performance landed the St. Marys Roughriders varsity baseball team a 2-0 home season opening win on Monday against Parkway in non-league action.

 

Starting pitcher Derek Jay pitched six innings, Chase Roop came in for the one-inning save and clutch hits by Nathan Wilker and Logan Dircksen pushed the Roughriders (1-0).

 

At the plate, the Roughriders cashed in early thanks to an RBI single by Wilker in the ‘Riders’ opening frame. 

The inning started with a Howell base hit and a sacrifice bunt by Drew Jacobs to move Howell in scoring position. Howell then scored on Wilker’s hit to give St. Marys a 1-0 lead.

 

Two innings later, Dircksen drove in Wilker in the third to add one more run for the Roughriders.

Wilker started the inning off by beating out a sharp single to short. After a pair of strikeouts, Jake Hollman advanced Wilker to third on a base hit to right field before Dircksen’s smack drove Wilker home for the final run.

 

Parkway’s Carson Ford took the loss in six innings of work, with the two runs on eight hits. He also struck out four and walked two on 82 pitches.

 

Wilker ended the night with a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and his lone RBI.

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