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St. Joseph runs its way to DH win over Pointers

The old TV western “Rawhide” theme said to keep them doggies movin’. The St. Joseph Flyers took a modern approach and kept the runners movin’.

Whether they were stealing a base or moving up on an error or ground ball, the Flyers ran their way to a 4-1 and 8-2 sweep of the South Point Pointers Saturday in two 5-inning games.

“We put men on bases and kept moving the runners,” said Flyers’ coach Greg Bryant. “In the first game there weren’t a lot of base-runners, but we got clutch hits. Grant Geswein did a nice job filling in for Joe Unger today.”

In the first game, South Point took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Kyle Dickess reached on an error, Lien walked, a wild pitch advanced the runners and Dickess came home on a ground out.

The Flyers tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Payton Blair doubled, stole third and score when Riley reached on an error.

St. Joseph scored three times in the third.

With one out, Blair and Levi Hopkins singled, moved up on a ground out and Blair scored on a throwing error. T.J. Young walked, Justin Mahlmeister singled to right and two runners scored when the ball was misplayed.

Riley got the win as he allowed just two hits and struck out six. He walked only one and the run was unearned.

In the second game, the Flyers jumped out to a 6-0 lead and went on to an 8-2 win behind the pitching of Young.

The Flyers got a run in the first when Blair singled, stole second base and came home on Riley’s base hit.

Three runs scoring in the second to make it 4-1.

Spencer Schwab, Grant Geswein and Blair all singled to load the bases. Hopkins squeezed home a run and Riley was safe on an error as two runs scored.

St. Joseph got two more runs in the top of the third.

Young walked, stole second and scored on a hit by Mahlmeister. Cody Blackburn singled and Schwab and Geswein walked to force in a run.

Dickess singled, Meadows put down a sacrifice bunt, Dickess stole third and Steve Adkins singled for the RBI as the Pointers got a run in the third.

The Flyers got their final runs in the fourth when Hopkins walked and pinch-runner Layne Johnson scored ahead of Riley’s home run.

The Pointers scored a run in the fifth when Jenkins singled, stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored when Robert Woodard grounded out.

Young fanned four, walked three and scrattered five hits.

The Flyers (4-0) don’t play again until April 17 against River Valley in a doubleheader.

First Game

South Point 100 00 = 1 2 2

St. Joseph 103 0x = 4 4 1

Kyle Dickess and Steven McClure. Tanner Riley and Justin Mahlmeister. W-Riley (6-K, 1-BB, 0-ER). L-Dickess (8-K, 1-BB, 2-ER). 2B-SP: Jenkins; St. Joseph: Payton Blair. Hitting-South Point: Lien 1-1, Jenkins 1-2; St. Joseph: Payton Blair 2-2, Levi Hopkins 1-2, Justin Mahlmeister 1-2.

Second Game

St. Joseph 132 20 = 8 9 2

South Point 001 01 = 2 5 2

T.J. Young and Justin Mahlmeister. Steven Adkins, Woodard (3), Jenkins (5) and Steven McClure, Austin Mahjer (4). W-Young (4-K, 3-BB, 2-ER). L-Adkins (3-K, 3-BB, 6-R, 4-ER, 7-H). HR-St. Joseph: Tanner Riley. Hitting-St. Joseph: Payton Blair 2-4, Tanner Riley 2-3, Young 1-1, Mahlmeiser 1-3, Cody Blackburn 1-3, Spencer Schwab 1-1, Grant Geswein 1-1; South Point: Lien 1-3, Kyle Dickess 1-2, Jenkins 2-3, Steven Adkins 1-3.