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Pacific Runs Past St. Clair, Improves to 10-0

April 15, 2012
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Pacific held the lead throughout its Four Rivers Conference baseball game Thursday at St. Clair, cruising to a 12-2 victory in six innings.

The Indians (10-0, 3-0) scored two runs in the top of the second inning, four in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.

“We didn’t play well right away, but the kids put it together and scored in every inning from the second inning on,” said Pacific Head Coach Jeff Reed. “We feel very fortunate and happy to be 10-0. The kids have done what they need to do. We have to keep it going.”

St. Clair (5-5, 1-1) scored single runs in the second and fifth innings.

“We knew it was going to be a measure of where we are as a team,” said St. Clair Head Coach Rob Hauck. “I thought we came out ready to play and were really fired up early on. We had runners at second and third with one out in both the first and second innings and only got one run on a passed ball, which was disappointing.”

Josh Moore got the start on the mound for Pacific and earned the win. In five innings, he allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and 12 strikeouts.

Nathan Bruns tossed a perfect sixth inning, striking out one batter.

“Josh couldn’t locate his curveball and changeup early on, but once we scored a couple of runs, he settled in and pitched well,” Reed said.

Brenden Murphy was the starting pitcher for the Bulldogs and took the loss. In five innings, he allowed nine runs on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Travis Sanders pitched one inning in relief. He allowed three unearned runs on no hits with two walks and one strikeout.

The Indians collected 11 hits in the contest.

Hank Vandaveer (one double), Andrew David (one triple) and Josh Conley (one triple) each had two hits. David added two RBIs and two runs. Conley also walked and scored three runs. Vandaveer had one walk, one RBI and one run.

Tanner Brown finished with one hit, was hit by a pitch twice, had two runs and one RBI. Ryan Jones added one hit, two walks and two runs. Moore registered one hit, one RBI and one run. Bruns added one hit and two RBIs. Zeth Boyer had one hit and was hit by a pitch. Kyle Dean drew a walk.

“Andrew David’s triple in the third inning opened it up for us,” Reed said. “We had a better approach at the plate.”

Murphy collected two hits, including a double, to pace St. Clair. Sanders added one hit and one RBI. Austin Gotway, Jake Oermann and Ayden Carey each had one hit.

“We were playing them tight, but in the third inning, a couple of mistakes and some big hits by them started to break the game open,” Hauck said. “Pacific is a great team. They hit the ball really well and once Moore settled down, it was tough to get hits off of him.”


Pacific defeated Herculaneum 10-0 in six innings Tuesday in Festus.

Vandaveer pitched the first four innings for the win. He allowed two hits and four walks while striking out five.

Boyer tossed the final two frames. He allowed one hit and no walks while striking out four.

“Nathan Bruns, who get by a pitch in the face in our first game of the season, got hit again in the face on a ground ball during the pregame,” Reed said. “He was cut up pretty good, but he still wanted to play. We moved him to DH (designated hitter) and he had a hit and two RBIs. He really showed me how tough of a kid he is.”

Jones and Vandaveer (one double) both had two hits for the Indians. Vandaveer added two RBIs and one run. Jones had one walk, one RBI and one run.

Moore (triple), David (double), Bruns and Conley each had one hit. Moore also walked and scored two runs. Bruns had two RBIs. David (one walk) and Conley both scored one run. Kyle Dean drew four walks, scored twice and had one RBI. Jake Null walked once.

St. Clair-Cuba

St. Clair rallied for a 4-3 win Tuesday at Cuba.

Blake Dierking pitched the first six innings for the Bulldogs for the win. He allowed three runs on seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts.

Oermann worked the seventh inning for the save, allowing one hit and striking out one.

“Blake threw really well. He started off rough, but turned it around and threw longer than what we expected,” said Hauck. “Oermann came in relief and pitched excellent. It was a nice change of pace to bring him in and finish off the game.”

Murphy led the Bulldogs at the plate by going 3-3 with a double and a run scored. Gotway had a double and two RBIs.

Runs were scored by Jesse Sheldon, Jake Calkins, Zach Lyerla and Murphy.

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