It’s unusual for a game winning hit to come in the first inning of a high school baseball game, but the Caledonia-Spring Grove at St. Charles game was one of those games. A two out 2 RBI home run by St. Charles’ Dayton Danielson proved to be all that the Fighting Saints’ pitcher Lane Welch would need for a St. Charles 4-1 win. Welch threw a seven inning game allowing one run on three hits while striking out seven batters…and hitting one batter, but no walks.
Danielson’s home run came after a single from Derek McCready who was 3 for 3 on the day with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
Caledonia-Spring Grove’s lone run came in the fifth inning when Austin Bauer reached base on a double that seemed to get lost in the sun. On the next pitch he stole third base a then scored on a sacrifice fly. The Warriors did put, what was at the time, the tying run at second base with no outs in the sixth inning, but a perfectly executed pickoff play removed the threat and the Warriors went down quietly in the inning.
St. Charles added two runs to their lead in bottom of the sixth inning that started with a single from Pierce Begin. Begin moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a double by McCready. McReady later scored on a single by Marshall Majerus for a 4-1 lead which gave Welch more than enough of a cushion to close out the game for the Fighting Saints.
St. Charles’ record now stands at 5-5 on the season. They resume play today traveling to Rushford-Peterson (2-6) for a 5PM game. The Warriors record falls to 6-3. They will also play today, traveling to the Wabasha-Kellogg Falcons (4-5).