St. Mary's Opens Eyes by Starting District with Victory against Affton

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St. Mary's Opens Eyes by Starting District with Victory against Affton


Faasen, Jim, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


AFFTON * The St. Mary's baseball team doesn't look like much on paper.

But to Dragons coach Tony Dattoli, the youth-laden team that took some lumps while playing a tough schedule has grown beyond what anyone else may see.

"Our strength of schedule is tremendous," Dattoli said. "This is a scenario that we've tried to come out every day with a young team and tried to get a little bit better."

The Dragons showed just how far they have come by beating Affton 5-0 in the first round of the Class 4 District 3 tournament Friday at Lutheran South.

St. Mary's (7-21) won for just the fourth time since the month of April began and advanced to face top-seeded Pacific (15-4) in a district semifinal at 11 a.m. Saturday. St. Mary's had lost four consecutive games heading into the district tournament and was 3-16 in its last 19 games.

Despite not having what he called his "best stuff," starting and winning pitcher Rob Parks allowed just one hit over four innings to the Cougars (13-11).

"I was off a little bit, but my teammates picked me up," Parks said. "I'd get two outs and then feel a little bit of the pressure of the playoffs. The guys really came in and picked me up with some big plays."

Parks allowed multiple runners in three of the four innings as he walked six batters. Twice, Dragons senior third baseman Jack Gathard helped bail his pitcher out. …

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