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Bulldogs Top St. James, Fall to Festus in Four Rivers Classic
March 27, 2014St Clair Athletics
St. Clair opened its baseball season by splitting two games in Pool B in the Four Rivers Classic.
The Bulldogs (1-1) started with a 10-0 loss Friday at Festus, but bounced back Monday to win their home opener over St. James, 5-4.
Festus won the pool with Tuesday’s home victory over St. James.
The tournament finals are scheduled for Saturday.
It was brother versus brother as Rob Hauck and the St. Clair Bulldogs hosted Marty Hauck’s St. James Tigers on a cold, snowy day.
“Playing against my brother’s team is always tough and a game we want to win,” said Rob Hauck. “Our boys came out ready to play and at the end of the day, we made less mistakes.”
With the score tied 4-4, St. Clair won on a game-winning hit by Adam Hinson in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Kody Halmich was the starting pitcher for St. Clair.
In six innings of work, he allowed four runs, three earned, on four hits with four hit batters and two strikeouts.
“Kody threw a great game and the defense was able to help him out when needed,” Hauck said.
Dalton Short pitched one inning in relief for the win. He allowed one run on two hits.
Jake Oermann (one double) and Hinson (one double) led St. Clair’s 10-hit attack with two hits apiece. Oermann also walked, scored two runs and had one RBI. Hinson added one RBI.
Wyatt Mehler collected one hit (double) and two RBIs. Devon Thompson finished with one hit (double), one walk and one RBI.
Ben Feddersen (double), Brady Lindsey, Halmich and Short each had one hit.
Zach Dean got the start on the mound for St. James, going 5.1 innings. Cody Miller worked one inning in relief.
Zack Russell had two hits for the Tigers. Evan Grayson added two RBIs.
Trailing 1-0, the Bulldogs took a 4-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings.
St. James tied the game 4-4 with two runs in the top of the sixth and one in the seventh.
“Both teams played hard and put pressure on each other. We were able to capitalize on their mistakes better than they were on ours,” Hauck said. “The weather added a different level of play, but our team didn’t worry about the conditions and we just continued to play all out. I was very happy with how we continued to play our game. Hopefully we can get on a roll now.”
St. Clair opened its season with the loss at Festus in six innings.
The Tigers scored one run in the bottom of the first inning, two in the second, three in the fourth and four in the sixth.
“We’re a young team and I was interested to see how we would come out the first game. Nerves always play a factor in the first game and we let ours get to us a little,” said Hauck. “Festus always is tough. We knew coming into the game that they would challenge us.”
Oermann got the start on the mound for the Bulldogs and suffered the loss. In five innings, he allowed six runs, four earned, on 10 hits with one walk, three hit batters and two strikeouts.
Short pitched the sixth inning. He allowed four runs, two earned, on two hits and two walks.
The Bulldogs managed just two hits, one apiece by Feddersen (double) and Thompson.
Festus’ Devin Williams tossed five innings for the win, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out four.
Sam Clippard registered two strikeouts in the sixth inning.
Jeremy Brown, Andrew Hayden, Kyle Lewis and Travis Spraul each had two hits for the Tigers.
“Festus was able to put some pressure on us early and we were not able to make some plays. We eventually let them gain too much on us to mix up our game plan,” Hauck said. “When we got down by six runs, it really put us in a bind as far as what we could do coaching wise. Our team learned a lot through the experience. Hopefully we’ll come back stronger and better.”