The summer sports season is in full-swing, as the Saints baseball and softball teams are starting to feel their oats after their second full week of games is behind them.
Softball: Girls rebound after tough weekend with back-to-back victories
The softball team hit a rough patch heading into the weekend, dropping three out of four games that included a tournament in Charles City. But the girls rebounded like a bunch of Charles Barkleys with bad attitudes, winning two in a row earlier this week.
Monday saw the girls wallop the N-K Vikings. On Tuesday against North Butler, the Bearcats grabbed the lead in the first and fifth innings. But like the McRib at McDonalds, the girls just kept coming back.
Three-run innings in the 4th and 6th helped lift the girls to a 7-5 victory, avenging their weekend loss to North Butler.
The softball team now sits at 6-4 on the season.
A trio of seniors — Sam Hemann, Tanyon Schutjer and Jadyn Anderson — have led the way for the Saints, combining for 26 hits and 19 RBIs over the first 10 games.
Baseball: Kramer throws no-hitter and Duckert walks-off
It’s a good thing school is out, otherwise senior pitcher Collin Kramer would have found himself in the principal’s office Monday morning for smoking on school grounds.
The lefty threw a no-hitter against Bishop-Garrigan Friday, burning the Bears in the 9-0 victory worse than a bottle of cheap hot sauce.
Kramer currently leads all 1A pitchers in the state of Iowa with 38 strikeouts, and has helped lift the Saints on offense as well.
Saturday saw the St. Ansgar edge out Hampton-Dumont in extra innings, with the Saints nabbing the win 4-3.
The boys must have been enjoying the lovely weekend weather to want to keep playing, but junior second-baseman Cade Duckert spoiled the fun faster than an open bowl of guacamole.
“The Duke” stepped up to the plate and swatted a walk-off RBI single, then rounded first and headed straight for the bus.
The team sits at 7-3 on the season, and are currently second in the Top of Iowa conference in hits with 65 hits.