The Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second as Austin Demers fueled the run as he notched an inside the park homerun, courtesy of a pair of Raider errors in the infield, scoring Cole Feltner and Dillan Smith. Another five runs came in for the Panthers in the sixth as they won their seventh straight game, improving to 12-6 overall and 7-0 in the Twin Lakes Conference. The loss was just third on the year for East Sac County (16-3).
"We played and excellent game," said St. Mary's head coach Ryan Berg. "We took advantage of some early miscues to build a lead, and then we used our bats to extend a lead after they pulled to within two runs in the sixth. I thought we also did a nice job of minimizing damage in several situations where they were threatening to have a big inning by making some big pitches and some big defensive plays. I really like how we are playing right now and hope we can keep it up."
Joe Sandhoff went the distance on the mound for St. Mary's, allowing four runs on eight hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out seven. Sandhoff sits at 4-2 on the year with a 2.18 earned run average.
Tyler Munden finished 2-for-4 with a triple, a run and three runs batted in to lead St. Mary's. Bobby Ivey was 1-for-3, scored two and drove in one, Luke Lenhart was 3-for-4, stole two bases and scored two runs, Sandhoff was 2-for-4 and drove in one, and Ryan Peters drove in one and scored one.
St. Mary's totaled nine hits in the game, walked four times and stole four bases.
The Panthers remain at home Thursday night, wrapping a three-game home stand with Algona, Bishop Garrigan in town. They are on the road friday at Laurens-Marathon.