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St. Clair Drops Baseball Contest to North County

April 11, 2012
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St. Clair suffered a home baseball loss Monday against North County.

The Bulldogs (4-4) fell short in an 8-3 setback to the Raiders.

“The game did not go as expected for us. It’s really tough when we don’t have school to get the kids prepared for the game,” said St. Clair Head Coach Rob Hauck. “When they get out of routine, it’s hard sometimes to pull them back into what they need to do and focus on our task at hand.”

Travis Sanders got the start on the mound for St. Clair and suffered the loss. In three innings, he allowed six runs, nine hits and four walks.

Jake Oermann worked the final four frames. He allowed two runs on seven hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

“Both of our pitchers threw very well, but they found ways to get on base,” Hauck said. “Our boys hung tough and kept it a competitive game, but it seemed like every time North County had a runner in scoring position they always came up with a big hit to drive them in.”

St. Clair collected eight hits and two walks.

Brenden Murphy finished the game with two RBIs. Jesse Sheldon added one RBI.

The Bulldogs’ runs were scored by Austin Gotway, Blake Dierking and Zach Lyerla.

“At the plate, we did not hit as well as we needed to and we did not give ourselves a chance to drive in the runs like they did,” Hauck said. “We needed to string some hits together and for the most part, that just did not happen.”

Hauck gave credit to the Raiders.

“North County did all of the things that need to be done to win a ballgame,” Hauck said. “They hit well, made good plays and threw strikes.”

Next week, the Bulldogs host Owensville Monday at 4:30 p.m. and play Sullivan Friday, April 20, at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Ill., home of the Gateway Grizzlies. The varsity game starts at 5 p.m. followed by the junior varsity contest.

Tickets for the April 20 contest in Sauget cost $4 and can be purchased from a St. Clair baseball player or at the St. Clair High School athletic department.


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