“This is a huge Catholic Conference win for us, and it’s a step in the right direction. In the game against Peabody the hits were hard to come by, but we had better luck with the bats today.”
St. John’s collected only five hits off three different Xaverian pitchers while the Hawks made the most of 10 hits. With two runners on base Alex Person doubled off the fence in center field to knock in a run in the second inning, but the Eagles came up with a big double play to get out of the inning without further damage.
Alex Moore played the ball off the fence and relayed to shortstop Bingel, who fired to catcher Paul Crehan to nail Aaron Drummey at the plate. Crehan did a great job blocking the plate, and threw to third baseman Tyler Noe to get Person trying to go to third on the play at home.
Hunt retired the next six in a row, but ran into trouble in the fifth when Person singled and Andrew Elliott blasted a two run homer over the fence.
“I should have brought Justin Snyder in one batter earlier,” said Yanchus. “That was my mistake. Hunt was tiring, and I had the lefty warmed up to pitch to their lefty.”
Snyder was strong in relief the rest of the way. He scattered two singles and struck out four in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. St. John’s rallied, scoring three times in the sixth when Shaughnessy gave way to Worth Wilrod.
Nick Bragole walked to open the inning and Leavitt ripped a double down the right field line. Bragole scored on an error, and Leavitt came home on a passed ball. Crehan’s bunt single scored pinch runner Max Burt, but a mix up on a sign proved costly when pinch runner Rosario Missiti was caught in a rundown between third and home.