In non-conference baseball action Wednesday at Edelen-Haydon Field, St. Catharine swept a doubleheader from the Mighty Oaks of Oakland City University (Ind.) with last inning rallies in both games. The Bat Pats won both games 4-3, scoring one run in their final at-bat of game one and two runs in the final inning of game two.
“I thought we were flat and didn’t compete the way we should,” said SC coach Luther Bramblett whose team improved to 18-11 with the two wins. “But in the end we found a way to win two games.”
The Bat Bats found the way in game one when they entered the seventh inning tied 3-3.Singles by Eric Standafer (Shelbyville, Ky.) and Cody Miller (Yuba City, Calif.) opened the inning and, with one out, Juan Moriel’s San Diego, Calif.) single to deep left-center scored pinch runner Lamont Calloway (Louisville, Ky.) with the winning run.
The late rally made a winner of reliever Matt Pavelich (Vail, Ariz.) who worked the final 2 2/3 innings. He allowed no hits, walked one and struck out three. Starter Jake Waardenburg (Kalmath, Falls, Ore.) gave up three runs (two earned) while walking three and fanning four in 4 1/3 innings.
The Bat Pats slugged out eight hits with Miller, Moriel and Standafer having two each.
In game two the Bat Pats trailed 3-2 entering their final at-bat but plated two runs for the victory. Standafer walked to begin the inning and Joey Andrada (Visalia, Calif.) was hit by a pitch. Pinch runner Joel Cooper (Windsor, Ont.) then stole third base and scored the tying run when the pitcher’s throw went into left field. Andrew Garcia (Las Vegas, Nev.), after the next two batters were retired, drilled a double to deep left for the game winner.
Despite allowing the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh, Trenton Claunch (Burgin, Ky.) picked up the victory over the Mighty oaks who fell to 1-7. Tony Krohman (Florence, Ky.) started and allowed two runs in four innings while walking three and striking out three. CJ Gant (Louisville, Ky.) pitched two scoreless innings with three K’s and no walks.
St. Catharine managed just four hits for the game, one by four different players.
“I guess human nature makes it tough to approach every game with the same mentality,” added Bramblett. “We just came off an emotional conference weekend at Cumberlands and are looking toward another one this coming weekend.”
This weekend the Bat Pats host Georgetown in a three game Mid-South Conference series. Friday’s single game starts at 1:00 and Saturday’s doubleheader begins at noon.