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Saxony Lutheran baseball picks up district win and 15-0 home victory

Saxony Lutheran senior David Weinhold pitched a shutout while striking out seven batters in a 15-0 win over Risco last Wednesday at home. Weinhold also threw one inning in relief for the Crusaders 3-2 win against St. Vincent on April 2. Photo by Nick McNeal

After having its three-game winning streak snapped two weeks ago, the Saxony Lutheran baseball team picked up a few statement wins last week.

The first victory came on the road by a score of 3-2 over Class 2 District 3 opponent St. Vincent, the same team that ended the Crusaders season in the district semifinals last spring.

Earning the start on the mound for Saxony versus the Indians was senior Owen Tarry, who pitched six innings and struck out six batters. Even though St. Vincent scored twice with Tarry pitching, both runs were off errors.

Fellow Crusaders senior pitcher David Weinhold came in to relieve Tarry in the seventh inning, whereas Weinhold recorded one strikeout with zero runs or hits allowed.

Offensively against St. Vincent, Saxony had six different players record a hit as the Crusaders recorded two of their three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Saxony loaded the bases with only one out after an error, one walk and a single by senior Nolan Hale.

Fellow Crusaders senior Blake Gaebler followed up with a single of his own off a fly ball to center field to drive in junior Isaac Koenig to take a 2-1 lead. Saxony suffered its second out of the inning after junior Brayden Moore struck out swinging.

With two outs and the bases still loaded for the Crusaders, St. Vincent’s pitcher walked Tarry to send Hale home for Saxony’s third and final run of the game. The Crusaders inning ended after that with a pop ball for an out in center field.

Moving back to the top of the second, Koenig was also in on Saxony’s other score in the contest as he drove in Weinhold for the first run off a grounder to right field.

St. Vincent scored its first run of the game off a passed ball in the first inning, while the Indians added their second and final run in the bottom of the fifth on another passed ball.

On the next day, the Crusaders hosted Class 1 Risco in contest where Saxony’s offense produced a season-high 15 runs. David Weinhold also pitched a shutout while recording seven strikeouts in his second start of the season.

The game only lasted four innings as the Crusaders scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth for the 15-run rule to bring the game to an early close. Along with his efforts on the mound, Weinhold produced three hits, three runs batted in and three runs scored in his three at bats.

The only other Saxony player than Weinhold to record three hits versus Risco was senior second baseman Reid Bengston, who also drove in two runs and scoreed one himself. Gaebler and Moore also had multiple hits with two apiece as Moore scored two runs outside of that, as did Tarry and junior shortstop Jason Sparks.

Tarry also ended up matching Weinhold’s three RBIs, while Gaebler, Koenig, Moore and freshman James Hope all drove in one run apiece.

Sitting at 5-3 overall, the Crusaders have plenty of regular-season play remaining and will face off against another district opponent in Chaffee (11-1) next Friday at home. The Red Devils beat St. Vincent for the district championship and reached the Class 2 Final Four last spring.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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