By Trent Friedel, exclusive to the Times
Brock Zeagler avenged his outing against Montgomery as he toed the mound for Saint Mary’s at home last week against LaSalle. Zeagler retired the side to start the game. LaSalle has a lefty on the mound and Saint Mary’s works him over in the bottom of the first. Graeme Fidelak as lead off hitter reaches on single to short center. Bankston is out swinging. Stephen Mayeaux gets on base with a single to third.
Zeagler singles to left field and records two RBI’s as Fidelak and Mayeaux score. Chris Lirette singles to almost the identical spot as Zeagler and he scores from second base that he had stolen. Tate Nelson keeps things going with a single past third. Still only one out. William Broadway lays down a nice bunt and all are safe on an error throw to first and two more runners score. Broadway advances all the way to third. Patrick Vienne hits a sac fly to center that scores Broadway.
Luke Gallien records the last out and the entire lineup has batted. Saint Mary’s scores 6 runs on three hits. Beaubouf grounds out to second and the next batter flies out for LaSalle. The visiting Tigers get one runner on base on an error by Tate Nelson, but he is stranded as Zeagler strikes out the next batter. Saint Mary’s goes to work again in the bottom of the second inning. Fidelak at first on base on balls. Bankston beats out a throw to first from the short stop. Mayeaux on as the short stop commits another error and the bases are loaded with no outs
Zeagler sac flies to score Fidelak, one out. Lirette registers two RBI’s on a double. Nelson at the plate is rewarded with a base on balls to put two runners on with one out. Broadway singles to right field and the fielder commits an error that scores another run. With runners on second and third, Vienne doubles down the third base line to score two. Vienne gets stranded at third as the next two players fly out to end the inning. SMH has added another six runs and batted through the lineup again.
The 12-run deficit proves to be too much for LaSalle to overcome. They muster two runs in the effort. Gallien takes the mound in the fourth to get some work. 13 – 2 is the final score in a very one-sided match that allowed multiple younger players to get action for Saint Mary’s.