TWO SEVEN-RUN INNINGS POWER COLUMBUS PAST ST. EDMOND, 16-6
Waterloo Columbus sent 11 men to the plate on two occasions in a pair of seven-run innings to surge past Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 16-6, in six innings in a Class 2A first-round game Monday afternoon at Principal Park. The Sailors were in a 5-0 hole after two innings, but rallied to put up a seven-spot in the third inning and never looked back.
The Gaels of St. Edmond came out of the gate quickly in the first 2A quarterfinal. Thomas Kesten led the game off with a single and Nick Clark followed up by reaching base on an error. Tommy Setterdahl stepped up with two outs and hit a two-run single, giving the Gaels the early 2-0 advantage.
St. Edmond added on in the bottom of the second. Nick Clark doubled in David Lindner with one out, and two batters later, Neil Flattery hit a two-run single to make it a 5-0 game in favor of the Gaels.
The Columbus bats woke up in the top of the third inning. Their first two runs of the inning came via a balk and wild pitch, then they took off from there. The Sailors collected six hits in the inning as men batted and seven runs scored, putting Columbus ahead, 7-5.
Michael Goerdt singled in Nick Maas in the top of the fourth and Maas tripled in Shane Kemp in the top of the fifth making it a 9-5 game.
In the top of the sixth, the Sailors again sent 11 men to the plate and scored seven runs on three hits in the inning, giving Columbus a 16-5 lead. Craig Konrardy and Shane Kemp hit back-to-back two run hits in the inning.
St. Edmond was able to put up one run in the bottom of the sixth but it was not nearly enough.
Columbus starting pitcher, Jon Heinzman was chased after an inning and one-third, but Mike Letkewicz neutralized the potent Gael offense in relief. Letkewicz (6-3) picked up the win, tossing four innings, giving up only three hits, one run and three walks. He struck out one batter in the effort.
Patrick Buhr (7-2) started and took the loss for the Gaels. He tossed two-and-two-thirds innings, surrendering six hits, seven runs (five earned) and three walks.
Shane Kemp led the way for the Sailors going 3-for-5 with four RBI's and two runs scored.
Columbus upped their record to 23-15 and will play Solon on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Principal Park.
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