St. Paul gets stellar pitching and belts out 13 hits to win season opener at its new home field

ST. PAUL -- The St. Paul baseball team dedicated its new home field in style, rolling past Catlin Gabel 13-1 Monday afternoon.

"Bill Gooding threw out the ceremonial first pitch on the new baseball field," coach Julio Vela said. "Bill spearheaded the fundraising and the construction effort. The field is still developing – a few wet/soft spots and some areas still wanting in grass – but there was a great crowd and we were definitely glad to be playing a game and done with practice."

Throwing on a pitch count, ace Justin Herberger allowed no hits and struck out five in three innings of work, with T.J. Crawford allowing three hits over two frames as the Bucks invoked the mercy rule after five innings.

The offense got going in the second inning, posting five runs to put St. Paul in control.

The Bucks added five more in the bottom of the third and three in the third, collecting 13 hits in all.

Herberger led the way, going three-for-three with 3 RBIs and two runs scored, while Brady Weisse, Jaidyn Jackson and Rawley Koch all notched two hits apiece and combined to drive in three runs. Also pushing runners across the plate were Campbell Smith, Crawford, Holden Smith, Mitchell Curtis and Zach Brentano.

St. Paul was expecting the get a battle Tuesday (results unavailable at press time) against Neah-Kah-Nie, as ace Bryce Bridge was expected to get the start.


St. Paul 32, Mohawk 12 -- The Bucks, who hosted Toledo Tuesday and will host Knappa Friday afternoon, picked up a non-conference win Monday afternoon.

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