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-Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Connor Bocken of St. Edmond slides into home against Eagle Grove on Thursday at Rogers Park

The St. Edmond baseball team received production out of every spot in the lineup here Thursday night, with a big chunk of it coming from the bottom third.

Jed Tracy, Gage Johnson and Jackson Kochendorfer combined to go 6-for-11 at the plate with nine RBI and three runs scored for the Gaels, who posted a 16-6 win in five innings over Eagle Grove at Rogers Park.

Tracy, who didn’t have a hit entering the night, connected on an RBI single in both the first and second innings as St. Edmond (4-4 overall) jumped out to a commanding 10-2 lead.

The junior ended the game with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth, finishing 3-for-4 overall.

“(Assistant coach) CJ (Tracy) has been working with Jed so it was good to see him get going,” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat said. “It was great to see us get our offense going and see our guys produce.”

In both the first and fifth innings, the Gaels scored six runs, which allowed Noah Carlson to earn the win on the mound.

Jack McEvoy reached four times out of the leadoff spot, driving in a run, Connor Bocken had a double and three steals, and both Elijah Litwiller and Cael Kolacia scored three times each. Nick Bennett scored twice and drove in a third run.

“It all starts with Jack,” Szalat said. “He’s really making me look brilliant batting him leadoff. Gage got going, as did Jackson, so we’ve got some confidence to build on now.”

For the Eagles (1-13), Thomas Matthes had two hits and scored two runs, with Mark Dawson drawing two walks and scoring twice. Blake Morgan also drove in a run.

“Coming in, this game had me nervous,” Szalat said. “Eagle Grove has a lot of experience in the dugout and they play aggressive baseball.”

The offense was a welcome sight for Szalat, as St. Edmond was coming off a shutout loss to Clear Lake on Wednesday night.

Kolacia entered the contest with just five official at-bats on the season, but had drawn six walks and been hit by four more pitches. He had his first hit of the season in his opening at-bat, driving in a run.

“Cael had an on-base over .700 coming in without a hit,” Szalat said. “That’s something you don’t see very often.”

The Gaels return to action Friday night, hosting Clarion-Goldfield/Dows in North Central Conference action. First-pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

ST. EDMOND 16, EAGLE GROVE 6 (5 inn.)

Eagle Grove 200 40 — 6 6 5

St. Edmond 640 06 — 16 8 4

WP–Noah Carlson (1-0, 3• IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 K, 5 BB). LP–Blake Morgan (0-4, 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 K, 3 BB).

2B–EG: Thomas Matthes; SE: Jackson Kochendorfer. RBI–EG: Thomas Matthes, Blake Morgan; SE: Jack McEvoy, Nick Bennett, Elijah Litwiller, Cael Kolacia, Jackson Kochendorfer (2), Gage Johnson (3), Jed Tracy (4).