NEFFS It was a high school baseball contest that featured some unusual plays and a lot of action, but unfortunately for St. John Central the late going was all Monroe Central as the Seminoles mercy ruled the Irish 19-6 in six complete.
St. John gave up a pair in the first then three in the top of the third before scoring four in its half to trail by a single run after three complete.
"That is the story of Monroe Central this season, we have one bad inning," said veteran 'Noles skipper Ryan Rosnick. "We managed to keep the lead by one run then we started swinging the bat, that is one thing we've doing well this season, hitting the ball.
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Monroe Central catcher Peter Frontz successfully blocks the plate as St. John's Jonathan Bossell attempts the slide. Additional images may be found at cu.timesleaderonline.com
The Seminoles scored another pair in the fourth, but it would be the fifth where Monroe Central sent 13 batters to the plate scoring eight to put it out of reach.
"We are a young team and we need to have a short memory when we make mistakes," said St. John head coach Shawn Selmon. "We can't get down on ourselves after one bad inning, that is not the end of it we need to keep our heads up and get right back after it."
The top of the order was very productive for Monroe Central as Kendall Antill notched two singles, two doubles and a triple scoring five runs from the lead off spot. Peter Frontz hit three singles and drew a walk as he scored four times, Tanner Burkhart followed that performance with a five -for -five evening notching three singles and two twin baggers as he crossed the dish three times for the 'Noles. Tyler Pittman and Eric Ward both hit a single and a double to round out the extra base effort as Monroe tallied 18 hits.
Lance Williams had the only extra base knock for the Irish with a double as St, John rapped out 10 hits in the loss. D.J. Shoemaker knocked 3 singles and Mason Kull added a pair of single baggers for the Irish.
Senior Dylan Hamilton had a solid start on the mound for the Seminoles striking out seven in five innings of work. Antill took over in the sixth allowing just one base runner.
Irish starter Kolin Melko struck out 5 before handing over the sphere to Shoemaker in the fourth. Freshman Kyle Ogden would finish the outing as St. John falls to 4-7.
The Irish will host Tyler Consolidated Wednesday while Monroe Central (8-9) has a week off before traveling to Frontier next Monday.
Monroe 203 275 19
SJC 004 200 6
BATTERIES: Hamilton, Antill (6) and Frontz. Melko, Shoemaker (4), Ogden (5) and Myers.
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