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The St. Catharine College Patriots played seven baseball games last week, five of those being Mid-South Conference games. And when the dust had settled, Luther Bramblett found his team with a 5-2 overall record for the week with a 4-1 slate in conference play.
Those wins put the Patriots, now 26-9, in second place in the Mid-South Conference with a 7-5 record. Campbellsville leads the conference with a sparkling 13-1 record. Bramblett’s bunch hopes to tighten that race considerably this weekend as Campbellsville visits Edelen-Haydon Field for a four game series Friday and Saturday.
“They are good,” said Bramblett who played his college baseball at Campbellsville. “As their record shows they are the best team in the conference. We will have to play well if we hope to win the series.”
The Patriots did win a conference series at home last weekend against Lindsey Wilson (10-16, 4-9) by winning three of the four games. St. Catharine swept the Friday doubleheader by scores of 4-2 and 5-4. They split the twin bill Saturday as the Blue Raiders won the opener 6-2 and the Patriots won game two 11-1.
Travis Adams, 7-1, was the game one winner Friday as he allowed six hits and two runs, both unearned, in going the distance. Nick Holmes, in his longest outing of the spring won the nightcap as he went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on nine hits to improve to 4-1. Dustin Lewis picked up his second save as he stranded runners on second and third to end the game.
Brian Jones, 3-1, was cruising along in Saturday’s first game with a 2-1 lead but saw the Blue Raiders rally for five runs in the seventh inning to win 6-2. Josh Landers had the only two RBI’s for the Patriots.
The Patriots won the series by taking Saturday’s second game 11-1. Justin Witt had three hits while Chris Smith and Shane Young had two hits apiece. Tim Paxton, 2-2, allowed one run on four hits as he threw a complete game.
In other conference action last week the Patriots split a doubleheader Monday at Georgetown. The Tigers (15-15, 7-7) won game one 5-1 as Adams lost his first game of the season. Witt and Brian Jones each had two hits in the loss.
The Patriots won the second game 15-10 as Holmes picked up the win in relief of Paxton who entered the game after starter Brian Jones went two innings. Witt and Kaleb Henry each had three hits, one of Henry’s being a three run homer.
In between the conference games the Patriots blasted Berea 17-0 Wednesday. Brad Krohman, 3-0, was the first of six Patriot pitchers for the day and he was credited with the win with 2 1/3 innings of work against the Mountaineers (7-18). Witt had four hits, three runs scored and three RBI’s. Patrick Jones and Brian Beavin each had two hits and Brian Jones added a two run homer.
Following the weekend series with Campbellsville the Patriots will travel to Oakland City University (Indiana) on Monday and Asbury on Tuesday.
“Overall I’m pleased with where we are right now,” added Bramblett. “I thought we could be competitive in the conference and we have been. We are in position to play for first place late in the season and that is all you can ask for.”