CLEAR LAKE - Despite a valiant effort, the St. Edmond baseball team dropped a tight 2-1 decision to No. 2 (Class 3A) Clear Lake in its regular season finale Tuesday night.
Hank Crimmins was gunned down at the plate by Gavin Sheakley on a controversial play for the final out of the game after David Flattery's clutch single up the middle.
"We did what we had to do, but we just didn't get a call at the end," said SEHS head coach Joe Shanks. "We had some chances throughout the game, and we couldn't get a big hit."
Matthew Bocken contributed a single, double and stolen base for the Gaels (15-13 overall, 10-8 North Central Conference), who saw their five-game winning streak halted. Cal Coleman drove in the lone SEHS score with a RBI infield single in the sixth.
Jason Setterdahl (1-4) was the tough-luck losing pitcher, allowing six hits and two earned runs. The freshman southpaw walked one and fanned seven.
"Jason threw a really nice game and had command of his pitches," Shanks said. "We matched the No. 2 team in 3A pitch for pitch on their home field.
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Jason Setterdahl and Ryan Szalat; Brandon Tofte, Brock Adams (7) and Rowdy Yates. 2B-SE: Hank Crimmins, Matthew Bocken.
"I was happy with the effort."
Offensively, the Lions (28-3, 15-1) tallied single runs in the third and fifth innings.
St. Edmond will now face Eagle Grove in a 2A, District 4 quarterfinal Saturday night at 5 p.m. in Story City. The Gaels split with the Eagles during the regular season.