The St. Edmond baseball team can now breathe a deep sigh of relief.
Snapping a nine-game losing streak, the No. 10 (Class 2A) Gaels (4-9 overall, 1-5 in the league) posted a 9-5 North Central Conference victory over Iowa Falls-Alden Wednesday night at chilly Rogers Sports Complex.
With the game knotted in the bottom of the sixth inning, SEHS pulled away behind a four-run outburst. Freshman Robert Flattery's RBI single to right field plated senior Tommy Setterdahl with the go-ahead score for the Gaels, who rallied from a 5-3 deficit in the fifth.
"It feels like I've aged about 20 years since the start of the losing streak, but our kids have continued to work hard and give a good effort," St. Edmond head coach Joe Shanks said. "We showed resiliency and battled back (last night), which is something we've done all year. We've just had a few mistakes at costly times, or the other teams have made a play."
Setterdahl, a first baseman and No. 5 hitter, went a perfect 3-for-3 offensively with two runs scored.
Aaron Chalstrom, Hank Crimmins and Robert Flattery all delivered a pair of hits for the green and white. Chalstrom also crossed the plate three times, while Crimmins collected three RBI and Jason Setterdahl drove in two with a second-inning triple to deep center field.
ST. EDMOND 9, IOWA FALLS-ALDEN 5
Iowa Falls-Alden 100 220 0-5 10 2
St. Edmond 021 024 x-9 11 2
Brandon Qualley (L, 1-2; 5+ IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), Parker Reynolds (1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) and Josh Hoover; Hank Crimmins (W, 2-3; 7 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 9 K) and Ryan Szalat.
2B-IF-A: Hoover (2), Reynolds; SE: Aaron Chalstrom, Crimmins. 3B-SE: Jason Setterdahl. MH-IF-A: Reynolds (2), Kort Redmond (2), Hoover (2), Hunter Heitland (2); SE: Tommy Setterdahl (3), Chalstrom (2), Crimmins (2), Robert Flattery (2). RBI-IF-A: Hoover (2), Heitland, Qualley, Sam Thielen; SE: Crimmins (3), J. Setterdahl (2), Flattery. SB-IF-A: Bo Williams, Nick Jensen; SE: Flattery. CS-SE: Matthew Bocken. LOB-IF-A: 9, SE 4. DP-IF-A.
"Jason kind of set the tone for us early with a very good at-bat," said Shanks. "It was nice to see Tommy get off the schneid, too, with a 3-for-3 night."
Crimmins (2-3) went the distance on the mound, scattering 10 hits and five earned runs. He walked four and fanned nine.
Parker Reynolds, Kort Redmond, Josh Hoover and Hunter Heitland each notched two hits for the Cadets (7-3, 4-2), who split the season-series with the Gaels. Hoover added a pair of RBI.
Iowa Falls-Alden stranded nine baserunners, including eight in scoring position.
"Iowa Falls is a well-coached, quality ballclub," Shanks said. "Our fans deserve a lot of credit for staying out (at Rogers Sports Complex) for two and half hours in frigid conditions."
Next action for the Gaels is Friday at Algona.