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Panthers' bats takes a bite out of the Wolves

Monday, June 12, 2006

Alta holds off St. Mary's 2-0 earlier this week

The Panthers' Andy Dahm smashed a two-run home run in a 10-5 win against Harris Lake Park Thursday night here.

Dahm dominated at the plate, going three for four and collecting a two-run RBI for the night.

Jon Foell also help lead the offensive charge, going three for four at the plate with a hard-hit double.

Alec Kestel, Jimmy Steward and Michael Ivey pounded the ball to earn two hits apiece for the Panthers.

St. Mary's pitcher Kestel struck out three batters in the first four innings but allowed five runs with a single earned run and walked six batters for the night.

The Panthers' T.J. Miller, relieved Kestel for the save. Pitching the last three innings, Miller threw three strikeouts and only walked three batters to seal the victory for the Panthers.

"(Kestel) was relieved due to the pitch count," Coach Ryan Berg said. "We had some errors early on and the six walks, he was throwing more than he should have."

But overall Berg was pleased with his team's performance. "This was the best hitting performance we've had all season. We have been struggling with the bats," Berg said. "After the defense settled down we started playing stronger overall."

Earlier in the week, St. Mary's conference rival, Alta, held the Panthers down for a 2-0 victory for the Cyclones.

The lost dropped St. Mary's conference record to 2-2.

St. Mary's pitcher Jimmy Steward pitched seven innings with four strike outs and only allowed a single walk and four hits.

"We had another excellent pitching performance," Berg said. "We had solid defense on the field as well."

Alta scored single runs in the fifth and seventh innings.

The Panthers' Nate Gessner, Andy Dahm and Jon Foell managed hits against the Alta staff, but were stranded.

St. Mary's baseball team could not capitalize when it had chances.

"We had a few opportunities to score but Alta's pitcher made it difficult to get players on base," Berg added. "It was a well played game."



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