The fourth-ranked St. Edmond baseball team had little trouble in their home opener against a young Manson Northwest Webster squad on Thursday night at Rogers Park.
The Gaels (3-0 overall) had only nine hits, but picked up a 20-1 four inning rout over the struggling Cougars.
The big inning for St. Edmond came in the second when they sent 16 batters to the plate and 12 crossed the plate to give the Gaels a 16-1 lead.
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Nick Clark ropes a base hit for St. Edmond on Thursday at Rogers Park. For more photos, visit CU at www.messengernews.net
The 12 runs by St. Edmond came on two hits and seven walks. The Gaels added four more runs in the third on four hits, including a triple and two doubles.
"In the first inning we weren't selective enough,'' said SEHS head coach Joe Shanks. "Then we started taking the first pitch until we got a strike.
"This was a hard game to dig in and get a rhythm at the plate. We just had to have patience and trust our hands.''
St. Edmond 20, Manson Northwest Webster 1 (4 inn.)
Manson NW 010 0 - 1 2 8
St. Edmond 4(12)4 x - 20 9 2
2B-SE: Nate Kolacia, Hank Crimmins, Cal Coleman. 3B-SE: Landon Peed.
St. Edmond senior Neil Flattery (1-0) allowed only two hits and fanned seven batters.
"I'm happy with the way Neil threw strikes and got his breaking ball across,'' Shanks said.
Nate Kolacia and Flattery had two hits each for the Gaels. Kolacia was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, a double and an RBI. Flattery drove in two runs.
Cal Coleman had a big hit for the Gaels, ripping a three-run double in the second inning. Landon Peed was 1-for-1 with two walks, a run scored and a triple.
David Flattery and Tommy Setterdahl each drove in two runs. Setterdahl scored four runs on the night.
"Landon had a nice hit and Cal executed a squeeze bunt and had a great hit to center,'' Shanks said.
In their first three games of the season, the Gaels have outscored their opponents 45-2.
Andy Abens scored the lone run for the Cougars on an RBI groundout from Mitch Rosendahl. Braden Moser had the other hit for Manson NW.
The Gaels are back in action tonight when they open North Central Conference play against Webster City. First pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m.
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