18 unanswered runs for Gaels

BANCROFT — The St. Edmond baseball team responded just like head coach Mike Szalat wanted here Tuesday night.

After surrendering a grand slam to North Union’s Brody Fritsche in the first inning, the Gaels scored 18 unanswered, including a pair of seven-run frames, in scoring an 18-4 victory.

“We asked them after the first, ‘what kind of team are we,'” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. “I thought we responded very well and I am so proud of them for that.

“We were a little more aggressive at the plate, we picked out pitches and we corrected the mistakes we had.”

Jackson Kochendorfer tossed a complete game six-hitter, striking out three with two walks. He also drove in three on the night and scored twice.

“That was a big stepping stone for Jackson,” Szalat said. “For a kid to be able to respond to giving up a grand slam and tossing six shutout innings after is huge.”

Jake Szalat, Jack McEvoy, Jeremiah Wheeler and Elijah Litwiller all drove in two runs, with Cael Kolacia scoring three times. Szalat, Noah Carlson and McEvoy each scored twice.

The Gaels return to action Wednesday night, hosting Hampton-Dumont at Rogers Park at 7:30 p.m.

ST. EDMOND 18, NORTH UNION 4

St. Edmond 040 070 7 — 18 11 5

North Union 400 000 0 — 0 6 4

Jackson Kochendorfer (W, 7 IP, 3 K) and Jack McEvoy.

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