ACME Baseball: Big 6th inning lifts St. Marys over Elida, 11-8

The St. Marys’ ACME baseball team’s patient approach paid dividends late in its 11-8 comeback win over Elida on Monday night at K.C. Geiger Park.

St. Marys (5-5) rallied back from a six-run deficit with a nine-run bottom of the sixth inning by getting into Elida’s bullpen.

St. Marys worked the count and got Elida’s effective starter out of the game after four-plus innings.

“Our guys are doing a much better job of getting deep in counts,” St. Marys ACME coach Alan Huber said. “That directly results in their starting pitcher, who did a nice job, getting tired, getting pulled and then they have to go to someone else and that’s the guy we’re going to score on. That’s the philosophy and they did an excellent job of executing on that tonight.”

St. Marys sent 13 batters to the plate in the nine-run sixth, collecting three hits, drawing four walks and taking three hit by pitches.

Three St. Marys pitchers combined to strike out 12 Elida hitters.

St. Marys lefty starter Austin James pitched the game’s first four-plus innings. He gave up four runs on three hits before giving way to Codie Deaton. Deaton worked three innings of relief, giving up four runs on seven hits. He earned the win. Isaac Fitzgerald came into a jam with runners on first and second and nobody out in the top of the seventh and retired the next three batters to earn the save for St. Marys.

Dirk Fenwick was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, Mason Gross was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, Jarrett Taylor was 0-for-2 with a run scored, Isaac Fitzgerald went 0-for-1 with three walks, a run scored and an RBI, Austin James was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI, Luke Leffel was 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter with two runs scored and an RBI, Tyler McMurray was 1-for-4 with two runs batted in, Jared Knous reached bases four times and was 1-for-1, while Adam Neal was 1-for-2 after pinch hitting with a runs scored and an RBI.

The St. Marys ACME team will host Sidney tonight at 5:30 p.m. at K.C. Geiger Park and will travel to Coldwater on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.