By James Howell
It wasn’t the prettiest game, but it worked.
Five errors by Mound gave the Saints struggling offense the boost it needed.
In the first inning, Saints starter Tyler Zweibohmer got the Mallards in order. The second inning did not go as well, with Mallard right fielder Ed Kutz hitting a 2 run shot over the left field wall.
Mound got 2 more in the 3rd, to pull ahead 4-0.
For the Mallards, soft tossing left Pat Regan kept the Saints at bay until the 5th when his defense let him down. Regan set down Zach Lingl and Kyle Johnson to open the frame. With 2 outs, John Hohenstein and Reid Nelson hit back to back singles. A routine grounder to short off the bat of Brendon Opsahl looked like it would end the inning, but Mound short stop Mitch Kern threw it away, allowing Hohenstein to score. Another error allowed Karsen Forsman to reach, which scored both Nelson and Opsahl. Up with a chance to tie the game, Brent Opsahl delivered a run scoring double, knotting the game at 4.
The Saints kept things rolling in the 6th when Nelson hit a 2 run single and Brendon Opsahl hit a sacrifice fly to give the Saints a 7-4 lead.
The Mallards loaded the bases with 2 outs in the 7th for Peter Sycks who cleared the bases with a double off reliever Eric Hanson to tie the game at 7.
Brent Opsahl led off the Saints half of the 7th by crushing Regan’s 0-1 offering over the left-center field fence, putting the Saints ahead for good.
The Mallards threatened in the 8th, but did not score as Hohenstein cut down Tyler Hebig at the plate with a perfect throw to the plate from center field.
Saints closer Jordan Danielson got the final 4 outs on 10 pitches, giving the Saints an important 8-7 victory.
The Saints host Bird Island on Tuesday at 7:30. The Bullfrogs are ranked 6th in the state, so it should be a good ball game.