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Panthers pounce on Laurens-Marathon

Friday, July 13, 2012

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STORM LAKE - St. Mary's wasted little time jumping on Laurens-Marathon Tuesday night as the y rolled through the order in a seven-run first en route to a 12-0, five inning victory on their home field.

All told, the Panthers rolled up nine hits, eight steals and five walks as the Chargers cycled through four different pitchers on the night.

Joe Sandhoff took care of the rest on the mound as he threw a three-hitter with just one walk to three strikeouts.

Sandhoff opened up the scoring in the first with a two run base hit that brought home Dillan Smith and Tyler Munden. Bobby Ivey followed with an RBI single, Austin Demers joined him on base after getting plunked, and Ryan Peters drove in a run as he reached on an error. Jacob Kottke followed with an RBI single, and Luke Lenhart capped off scoring in the first as he drove in two with a single.

Sandhoff opened up the second with a deep triple, and the Panthers loaded them up as Ivey reached base a second time and Kennedy Drey walked his way aboard. Demers then knocked an RBI single, Peters reached on another error to drive one in, and Kottke added a second RBI single. Lenhart notched a sac fly for the fourth run in the second.

Lenhart finished 1-for-3 with three driven in to lead the way for St. Mary's. Demers was 2-for-3 with two scored and two driven in, Kottke was 1-for-2 with one scored and two driven in, Sandhoff was 2-for-4 and drove in two, and Smith swiped three bases and scored a run.

"We set the tone early by hitting the ball well in the first inning and building a 7-0 lead in the first inning," said St. Mary's head coach Ryan Berg. "That made it easy for our guys to relax and play with confidence. We had nice balance from our lineup with everyone reaching base and nearly everyone getting at least one hit. We also pitched well and played solid defense. That is what we hope to continue to do as we play in round two - throw strikes, field the ball, and put the ball in play. We are tough to beat when we do those three things."

St. Mary's improves to 17-8 and will look for their third victory of the season as they host Newell-Fonda tonight at 7PM. Laurens-Marathon ends the year with a record of 2-20.



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