They played the familiar riff of "Bad to the Bone" over the PA before they batted, but what the St. Mary's boys mistreated Tuesday night was the starting pitching of Granville Spalding, winning 6-4 in the first action of the season.
Jon Foelle crushed a triple to lead off the game, sliding in with a cloud of dust as the third-bagger lost the ball. Ryan Drey grounded out but drove in the run. Michael Ivey reached on an error, got singled along by Evan Smith. Nolan Luhmann walked to load the bases, and Justin Cullen reached on an error as GS's wild throw allowed Ivey, Smith and Luhmann to cross the plate. Brendan Smith singled to drive home Cullen, giving St. Mary's with a 6-0 lead.
Things settled down from there, with Granville climbing back in the game with three runs in the fifth.
In the sixth, SM's Connor Richardson reached on an error, took second on a wild throw, reached third on a wild pitch and scored on Foell's sacrifice fly. GH added a run in the seventh.
Foell pitched the first five innings, giving up nine hits, three runs, three walks and nine strikeouts. Ryan Drey came on for the final two frames, giving up two hits.
St. Mary's had six hits to 11 for GS, with one hit each by Foell, Drey, Smith, Richardson and designated hitter Marco Barahona.
"Granville is a excellent team and we hadn't beaten them for several years," SM Coach Ryan Berg said. "I like our energy in the first inning to jump out to the early lead. We also did an excellent job of getting ourselves out of jams and stranding many of their runners on base. Our pitching and defense stepped up with some very nice plays when they had to."