Saints Win High Life Invite Consolation Title
Posted June 18, 2019
ARLINGTON/GAYLORD, Minn. – The St. Peter town team won the High Life Invite consolation championship for the second time in three years on Sunday. The Saints opened the 16-team tournament with a lackluster 6-1 loss to Dawson on Friday night, but rebounded Saturday with a 7-6 win over Regal. The local nine then advanced to Sunday’s action and beat Class B Forest Lake 10-6 in 10 innings followed immediately by a decisive 10-0 win over Osceola (Wis.) in five innings to claim the consolation title.
St. Peter 1, Dawson 6
Dawson scored one run in the first inning and never trailed the rest of the way. The Drakes put up three more runs in the fourth and another two in the fifth for a 6-0 lead before the Saints scored their lone run in the bottom half. Sam Carlson scored on a bases loaded walk by Jovan Rodriguez.
Carlson suffered the loss on the mound. Both Carlson and Rodriguez led at the plate with a couple hits apiece.
St. Peter 7, Regal 6
Regal took an early 2-0 lead in the first but the Saints immediately answered with three runs in the bottom half, taking advantage of a couple Regal miscues along with a two-RBI single off the bat of Carlson. St. Peter went up 4-2 in the second as Alex Hoehn scored on a single by Shea Roehrkasse. Sam Wenner drove in two more runs in the third, plating Carlson and Mike Enz with a single.
Regal got a run back in the fourth after a couple hits and an error, making the score 6-3. With rain coming down, Wenner walked the first three batters to start the seventh inning and the game went into an hour-long rain delay. After the delay, Jesse Anderson came in relief and gave up three runs to tie the game, but the Saints were able to walk off in the bottom half. With the bases loaded, Hoehn hit a ground ball to the pitcher, who got the force at home, but the double play attempt at first was tardy and Tyson Sowder was able to cross home for the win.
St. Peter 10, Forest Lake 6 (10 inn.)
The Saints used two openers against the Brewers as Hunter Wilmes allowed three runs in the first and Rodriguez pitched a scoreless second, giving way to Anderson in the third for the rest of the game.
St. Peter scored its first run in the third as Wenner doubled home Wilmes. The local nine tacked on two more in the fourth as Billy Hanson and Sowder each had RBI singles. Forest Lake answered in the bottom half with a solo home run, double, and a couple singles, but Sowder gunned down a runner at home from left field for the third out and the score read 5-3 after four frames.
The Saints tied the game in the sixth as Sowder doubled home Hanson and then scored on a single by Wenner.
The game was sent to extras where the Saints erupted for five runs in the 10th. Wilmes hit a sacrifice fly for the inning’s first run, followed by a two-run double by Andy Regner, RBI groundout by Rodriguez, and an RBI single by Roehrkasse.
Anderson gave up one run in the bottom half, but closed out the game for the 10-6 win.
Wenner, Hanson, and Sowder each had three hits as the Saints collectively posted 15 hits.
St. Peter 10, Osceola 0 (5 inn.)
Anderson continued on the mound for the consolation title game and went the distance in shutout fashion. He gave up five hits against 20 batters with a pair of strikeouts.
After a scoreless first inning, the Saints scored what proved to be the game-winner in the second as Hanson scored on a bases-loaded walk by Wilmes. St. Peter added two runs in the third on a two-run homer by Roehrkasse. The local nine put the game out of reach in the fourth with six more runs, highlighted by a two-run triple by Regner followed by a three-run home run by Roehrkasse. Rodriguez scored the mercy rule run in the fifth as the center fielder dropped a deep fly ball.
Roehrkasse led at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two homers, two runs, and five RBI. Anderson finished the tournament with three wins in less than 24 hours and tossed 14 innings – 13 on Sunday.
The Saints, now 5-5 overall, host Chaska at 7:30 p.m. Friday for their home opener and then travel to Arlington at 6 p.m. Sunday.