St. Paul rebounds to tank East Linn Christian 12-3
Class 1A/2A baseball The Bucks take their lumps against Country Christian, but the bats come alive against the Eagles last week
Playing mostly against 2A competition in OSAA 1A/2A District 2, St. Paul usually welcomes the opportunity to play fellow 1A and Casco League schools Country Christian and Perrydale.
That hasnt exactly been the case this spring, as the Cougars have proven they are right up there with the big boys like Kennedy and Regis.
That was evident April 30, as Country Christian buried the Bucks 12-1 for its fourth consecutive league win.
You see teams in our league like Regis and Kennedy who do a lot of things, hit the ball hard and have a lot of athletic players, said SPHS coach Julio Vela. Country is kind of an interesting team because they dont out athlete you, but they do a lot of things well. They dont overwhelm you with their hitting, but theyre good hitters. Theyre great base runners. Put it all together and theyre a very good club.
St. Paul managed just three hits in the game, with Max Coleman driving in the Bucks only run in the bottom of the first inning after the Cougars had scored four in the top half.
Country Christian added single runs in each of the next three innings, then put the game to bed with a five-run outburst in the fifth.
The Bucks assumed the role of bully Friday, as each of its first five batters scored and the team batted around in the top of the first inning. St. Paul pulled away for good by scoring another five-spot in the second inning.
Max Coleman continued his recent hot streak, going 4-for-5 with two RBI.
Hes been hitting the ball pretty hard the last couple of weeks, Vela said. Hes finding a bit of a grove. Hes hitting it hard at practice and even his outs are hit hard right now.
All the offense made things easier on pitcher Cody Faber, who may have cruised along all the same considering he allowed one earned run in seven innings while allowing nine hits and striking out five.
The Bucks were scheduled to host Delphian Monday, but recent rain made the field unplayable and the contest will now be played at noon Saturday.
St. Paul will hit the road to face Perrydale Wednesday and Kennedy Friday.