Sometimes, sacrifices need to be made to get games played.
That’s exactly what the St. Clair baseball Bulldogs did Monday and it paid off with a 3-2 win at Hermann in nine innings.
St. Clair improved to 3-2 overall, 1-0 in the Four Rivers Conference. Hermann fell to 3-3, 1-1.
As scheduled, the game was supposed to be played in St. Clair.
“Yesterday we got a lot of rain in St. Clair and knew we wouldn’t be able to play here very early in the day,” St. Clair Head Coach Rob Hauck said. “Hermann told us they didn’t get any rain and when we showed up at their place, they were right. Field conditions were great other than one spot in right that didn’t come into play. Overall, their weather was much better than what we had here so it worked out pretty well.”
The Bulldogs still were the home team on the scoreboard and took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Each team scored once in the fourth and St. Clair led 2-1 going into the seventh.
St. Clair was one out away from victory when Connor Lane ripped an RBI double down the first base line to bring home the tying run.
The Bulldogs were able to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a double by Kevin Cox.
“Kevin Cox came up with a huge hit to score the winning run but it was a total team effort,” Hauck said.
Ben Feddersen went 2-4 in the game with a double. Wyatt Mehler went 2-3 with a run and a walk.
“Both sides played well and the game could have gone either way,” Hauck said. “I cannot say enough good things about the pitching for both sides.”
Jake Oermann started for the Bulldogs and lasted seven innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and one walk. He whiffed seven Bearcats.
Dalton Short earned the win, going two innings while allowing three walks. He struck out three.
“This was a great pitching game,” Hauck said. “Oermann threw a great seven innings and Short came in for solid relief work. Our hitting struggled but we continued to work counts and put pressure on. Defense was our strength by far and I am proud of the boys for their effort.”
Grant Ruediger went the first seven innings for Hermann, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out 12 Bulldogs.
Andrew Budnik took the loss, going 1.1 innings. He gave up one run on two hits and one walk while striking out one.
Offensively for Hermann, Ruediger and Kody Thompson had two hits apiece. Thompson doubled and scored. Ruediger scored.
Lane, Austin Wurtz and Ben Held had the other hits.