St. Scholastica splits pair of games
Saints win second game of doubleheader with No. 13 Keystone
FT. PIERCE, Fla. -- St. Scholastica earned a hard-fought split with 13th-ranked Keystone on Thursday, falling in game one 5-1, before rallying to win game two 3-2.
The Giants did all of their damage in the opening game with two outs.
After a scoreless first inning, the Giants got the board in the top of the second with back-to-back two-out doubles with Austin Straub getting the RBI. The Saints matched Keystone in the bottom of the frame on a single by Tom Juberian, Kyle Moody would score on an errant throw by the right fielder.
It remained tied until the top of the fourth when after two quick outs, the Giants, put together five straight hits, including a pair of triples and had four runs come across to make it 5-1.
Ben Grieger came on in relief for the Saints with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth and got out of it unscathed by inducing a double play. Grieger pitched the final 2.2 innings and allowed just two hits, but the Saints could not muster any offense as they fell 5-1. St. Scholastica managed only three hits.
In game two, the Giants jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and led by that same margin until the top of the fifth. In that inning, John Hietpas had a RBI single that scored Moody to tie it up for the Saints.
It didn't remain tied for long as Lymbel Guerrero led off the bottom of the fifth with a home run to put Keystone back up on top 2-1.
The Saints answered in the top of the sixth as David Vogelgesang doubled to begin the rally. After Kyle Jensen drew a walk, Moody doubled in Vogelgesang to tie the game. Tom Juberian followed with a slow roller down the third base line that ultimately landed on the bag allowing Jensen to score and give St. Scholastica a 3-2 lead.
The Giants (7-2) would put the pressure on the Saints in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, the Giants had the tying run at third and the winning run at first, but Jensen induced a ground ball to end the game 3-2 in favor of St. Scholastica and give the Saints the split.
Jensen went the distance for St. Scholastica, finishing with five strikeouts to earn his first win of the season. Hietpas was 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Saints offense.