Fans didn't have to wait long to see some runs on the board at Papago Baseball Park Tuesday during St. Mary’s home game against Seton Catholic, which walked away victorious, 12-3.
Starting pitcher Paul White, a senior for the St. Mary's Knights, struggled early before finding his groove. The Sentinels scored five first-inning runs against White thanks to several walks, errors and wild pitches.
St. Mary’s committed five errors in the game and didn't receive any help from the howling winds and dirt blowing across the field. For the Knights, junior second baseman Gino Caperon got one run back early.
After a leadoff single, Caperon stole both second and third base before scoring on a balk. Caperon finished the game with five stolen bases and scored two of St. Mary’s three runs.
For Luke Bell, Seton Catholic’s starting pitcher, his balk was the only big mistake he made during his outing. Bell pitched four solid innings, allowing only two hits and two walks.
After the first inning, the bats went quiet, but Seton got one run in both the 5th and 6th innings and added four more in the 7th. Alex Klee and Dominic Krzmarzick pitched the remainder of the game for the Sentinels.
Each pitcher worked over an inning, and both gave up one run. Offensively for the Sentinels, Eric Friedl and Matt Bergevin each drove in two runs.
Friedl and junior Morrison Dietz scored three runs apiece. As for the Knights, Daniel Cervantes and Jose Pacheco drove in one run each.
Cervantes just missed driving in himself as well, as a ground rule double fell a couple of feet short of a home run. To go along with his five stolen bases, Caperon also went 3-4 at the plate with three well-hit singles.
With the win, Seton Catholic moves to 15-3 and will prepare for its first playoff game on May 2nd. Its opponent will be announced Thursday, when the brackets are released.
The Knight’s loss officially puts an end to their season, as they finished with a record of 8-10.