Offensive Surge Propels Saints in Home Opener

Offensive Surge Propels Saints in Home Opener

The Saints grabbed an early lead, exploding for 12 runs in the second inning on 5 hits, 7 walks, and 2 defensive miscues by the Erie Community College defense. The offense erupted again in the fourth adding.

That was all the pitching staff needed to set the cruise control for the remaining 7 innings to keep the game out of reach.

Michael Jones earned the win for The Saints tossing four innings, giving up one run, four hits, and striking out four. Three relievers helped The Saints close out the victory. Zach Barrett and Dalton Donachie threw two innings while Mike Nuzzo threw the final frame.

"Our pitching staff got ahead and showed great command all day. Jones gave us a strong start and the relievers did extremely well pitching with a lead," said Coach Crum.

The home offense belted 19 hits in the game, as Snyder, Tisch, Swope, Chamberlain, McClatchey, and Suarez each collected multiple hits for the Saints. Snyder and Tisch each tallied 4 hit days, Suarez and Tom Cannon each drove in four runs to lead the North East offense. Centerfield Kenny Robinson went Big Fly for a 3-run home run in the 4th.

Logan Snyder gave Erie Community College fits all day long, as he bagged four hits in the 23-3 victory on Friday. Snyder tripled and walked in the second, singled in the third, and then singled two times in the fourth.

Eight hitters recorded at least a hit while 11 different Saint sluggers scored in the home opener.

"Our offense is coming around. We are definitely further along, having played last weekend, and it showed. They put their work boots on this week and got after it. Today, the work they've been putting in started to produce better results. I'm happy to see the progress we are making - but we're not where we want to be yet," Crum added.

The Saints are back in action on Friday at Harford Community College to begin their 10 game spring break trip.