Flyers ‘run’ past Western in SOC opener, 23-7

Published 10:13 pm Friday, April 1, 2022

By Jim Walker

LATHAM — There’s a rumor game officials had to install an electronic traffic recording device at home plate on Wednesday.

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The St. Joseph Flyers erupted for 23 runs as they opened Southern Ohio Conference play with a 23-7 win over the Western Indians.

Kai Coleman was the main instigator of the run barrage as he went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and 4 runs batted in.

Blake Stuntebeck also went 3-4 with 2 RBI and Matthew Heighton was 1-2 with a double and 4 RBI.

St. Joseph (4-0, 1-0) built an 11-1 lead in the second inning and it went to 18-6 after 3 innings.

In the first, Coleman tripled to start the game and 4 walks and an error followed and then the rally was capped by Coleman with an RBI single.

The Flyers scored 6 runs in the top of the second.

Elijah Rowe was hit by a pitch, Stuntebeck and Mark Hodges singled and Drew Brown had an RBI double.

Darryn Harvey walked, a passed ball scored a run and Coleman doubled to clear the bases.

After Western got a run in the bottom of the inning, the Flyers scored 7 more runs in the top of the third.

Elijah Rowe singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Stuntebeck. Michael Mahlmeister and Wesley Neal walked and Brown hit a sacrifice fly.

Harvey walked, Landon Rowe reached on an error and Heighton had a 3-run double. Elijah Rowe walked, Stuntebeck singled and Mahlmeister reached on an error for a run.

The Indians came back with 5 runs in the bottom of the inning but the Flyers got all 5 back in the fourth.

Brown walked, Harvey was hit by a pitch and Landon Rowe had an RBI single. Coleman was hit by a pitch,  Heighton grounded out as a run scored, Elijah Rowe was safe on an error for a run, Stuntebeck hit a sacrifice fly and Mahlmeister had an RBI single.

Brown was 1-2 with a double and 2 RBI, Landon Rowe 1-4 and 2 RBI, Elijah Rowe and Hodges each 1-2 and an RBI, and Mahlmeister 1-3 and 3 RBI.

St. Joseph 567 50 = 23 12 6

Western   015 10 = 7 7 10

Drew Brown, Landon Rowe (3), Kai Coleman (5) and Michael Mahlmeister. Brady Hatfield, Trey Satterind (2), Chase Carter (4), Luke Smith (4) and Wyatt Groom. W-Brown (IP-2.0, H-2, R-1, ER-0, K-2,BB-2, HBP-1). Rowe (IP-0.2, H-3, R-5, ER-2, BB-1, HBP-4). Coleman (IP-2.1, H-2, R-1,  ER-0, K-4, BB-0). L-Hatfield (IP-1.0, H-2, R-5, ER-3, BB-5). Satterind (IP-2.0, H-8, R-13, ER-4, K-1, BB-5, HPB-1). Carter (IP-0.0, H-1, R-3, ER-3, BB-1, HBP-1). Smith (IP-2.0, H-1, R-2, HBP-1). Hitting-StJ: Kai Coleman 3-4 2B 3B 4-RBI, Matt Heighton 1-2 2B 4-RBI, Elijah Rowe 1-2 RBI, Blake Stuntebeck 3-4 2-RBI, Michael Mahlmeister 1-3 3-RBI, Matt Hodges 1-2 RBI, Drew Brown 1-2 2B 2-RBI, Darryn Harvey RBI, Landon Rowe 1-4 2-RBI; Western: Brady Hatfield 1-3 3B, Chase Carter 2-3 BI, Cutter Clay 2-2 RBI, Wessley Satterfield 1-2 RBI, Wyatt Grooms 1-2 2-RBI.