Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MO. BASEBALL: Westminster Gets by Charged-Up St. Mary's for 8-2 Win; Baseball; Wildcats in Position to Claim Fourth Successive Title against Pembroke Hill

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MO. BASEBALL: Westminster Gets by Charged-Up St. Mary's for 8-2 Win; Baseball; Wildcats in Position to Claim Fourth Successive Title against Pembroke Hill

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O'FALLON, MO. * The St. Mary's baseball team got off to a quick start Friday during its Class 4 state baseball semifinal against Westminster at T.R. Hughes Ballpark.

Once the dust had settled, though, Westminster showed its might in rolling to an 8-2 win.

"First innings are usually a little bit of a trouble (spot) of mine, but after that I usually tend to settle down," Westminster pitcher Jordan Smith said. "After that inning, I just tried to get ahead with my fastball and keep them off balance."

Before Smith was in control, St. Mary's opened the scoring in the first inning.

That's when Lorenzo Garcia's one-out double scored Zachary Ortinau to give the Dragons (14-16) a 1-0 lead.

"It was nice to get the lead early and try and hold it," St. Mary's pitcher Matt Causino said. "We just couldn't do it. I didn't have it. We didn't have it. It was a tough game."

In the bottom of the second, Westminster came roaring back to take the lead for good.

The Wildcats tallied a pair of runs on Ben Huffman's RBI single and Ben Sems' RBI groundout.

"We settled down and we got the bats going," Westminster coach Rich Van Gilst said.

Westminster (30-5, No. 1 in the STLhighschoolsports.com small- schools rankings) expanded the lead in the bottom of the third.

A Tyler Catlett double scored Brett Bond and Travis Ralls to account for two of his three RBI and to make it 4-1.

"After the start, we just relaxed and made things happen," Catlett said. "I just went out trying to see a pitch I could drive and hit it hard."

St. Mary's got one run back in the top of the fifth when Joe Ross' two-out RBI single scored Ortinau. The inning ended when Westminster catcher Brett Bond threw out Ross attempting to take second on the throw home.

Westminster grew the lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth with Collin Einertson's RBI double and a run-scoring fielder's choice by Catlett.

The Wildcats closed our their scoring with two sixth-inning runs on a RBI hit from Caleb Hicks and a sac fly by Einertson. …

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