By James Howell
There aren’t very many occasions when getting 3 hits and striking out 14 times will make for a very fun game.
Wednesday night was no exception, as the Saints fell in Loretto 4-2.
It would be unfair to place all of the blame on the Saints’ hitting. Larks’ pitcher Ryan Tapani was dominant. In the game the Saints lost at Dassel on May 23rd, Tapani wore down in his 3rd inning of relief. On Wednesday, he threw a complete game on 140 pitches.
Loretto scored 2 runs in the 1st against Jordan Flick on hits.
The Saints were able to pull even in the 4th on a 2 run single by Brent Opsahl, but the Larks quickly responded in their half. A 2 run double by Nathan Maher gave Tapani and the Larks all the runs they would need.
Over the final 5 innings, Tapani didn’t allow a hit and only allowed 2 batters to reach.
Jordan Flick was solid on the hill for the Saints, throwing 7 innings allowing 4 runs.
Jordan Danielson pitched a 1-2-3 8th, going right through the middle of the Larks’ order.
The loss tightens the race for the 3rd spot considerably. The Saints now find themselves tied with Loretto, with the Larks’ also holding the tiebreaker after finishing the season sweep. The Larks’ have now won 6 straight over the Saints, dating back to 2012.
The Saints host Monticello on Friday night, beginning at 7:30.