St. Mary's closed within 4-2 after three, before taking the lead for good with a three-run fourth. They would add one in the fifth and four in the seventh.
The Panthers totaled nine base hits, swiped 12 bases and walked eight times. Bobby Ivey led the way with two runs driven in, Luke Lenhart was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one driven in, Tyler Munden and Joe Sandhoff each drove in one and scored one, and Ryan Peters added an RBI.
Kennedy Drey got the win as he went five innings, allowing five runs on four hits. He walked six and struck out five. Lenhart and Ivey combined for two innings of relief.
"Pocahontas battled us tough," said St. Mary's head coach Ryan Berg. " It was obvious they were ready to play. We did a nice job of overcoming an early three-run deficit. We didn't panic and just kept chipping away. We had a couple of big innings to pull ahead and then extend the lead, but they didn't give up. They fought down to their last out. We are winning but we still need to improve at throwing more strikes and coming up with clutch hits with runners in scoring position. We stranded a bunch of runners tonight. But in the end it is still nice to come away with a victory even on those nights where you know you could play better."
The Panthers (9-6) return home Wednesday to take on Sioux Central.