Snapping a seven-game losing streak, the St. Clair baseball Bulldogs (2-7, 1-2) defeated St. James (9-4, 3-1) at home Monday, 5-1.
St. Clair Head Coach Jeff Thornsberry said the win was much needed.
“We played a really good game,” he said. “We needed to get a win because our schedule has been rough for the last two weeks. It doesn’t get any easier going forward with some really tough games against Salem, Borgia, Pacific, Owensville and the Farmington Wood Bat Tourney.”
St. Clair starting pitcher Michael Hughes turned in a strong performance on the mound, pitching six innings and allowing one run on four hits and five walks with two strikeouts.
The Bulldogs jumped ahead 5-0 through four innings and never looked back.
St. Clair went up 1-0 in the second inning after Clay Banderman and Timmy Hoffman both singled with two outs and Banderman scored on an error.
The Bulldogs added a pair of runs in the third inning. Derrick Dell singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on an error, then he was moved to third on a sacrifice by Dalton Thompson. Hughes drove Dell in on a fielder’s choice, making it 2-0.
After Mason Dodson singled, Tyler Lack scored Hughes on a fielder’s choice.
In the fourth inning, Banderman led off the inning and reached on an error and Bailey Smith was hit by a pitch with one out. Banderman was driven in on a single by Thompson and Smith scored on a passed ball.
The Tigers got on the board in the sixth inning, as Drew Bouse walked, Evan Grayson doubled and Lucas Bahr drove Bouse in on a groundout.
Lack came in for the seventh inning to close out the game, allowing just one walk.
St. Clair had five hits in the game. The Bulldogs hits were by Dell, Thompson, Dodson, Banderman and Hoffman.
“We had some timely hits from Thompson, Dell, Hughes, Hoffman, Dodson, and Banderman,” Thornsberry said. “We put the ball in play hard and they kicked it around a little bit.”
Hughes and TJ Griffith each drew a walk.
Thompson and Lack both stole a base.
St. James’ hits were by Gunnar Seams, Ty Lewis, Evan Grayson and Lucas Bahr.
Seams walked twice. Lewis, Bouse, Jaden Roark and Alex Evans all drew one free pass.
Justin Marcee pitched all six innings for the Tigers, allowing five runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
The Bulldogs face Salem at home Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and play at Borgia Thursday at 4 p.m.