Getting to CHS Field

Saints Rain Down On Salina10-6 In 7 Inning Rain Shortened Win

ST. PAUL, MN June 2, 2017

A game that was originally scheduled against Laredo in Laredo, but when the team folded the league put the Salina Stockade in their place.  The St. Paul Saints were the home team against the Stockade in Cleburne and when all was said and done the Saints had to scrap out a 10-6, seven inning rain shortened victory over a determined Stockade team.


With the Saints leading by a run in the top of the seventh the Stockade battled back and tied the game at six.  With two outs Daniel Aldrich, who had hit a grand slam earlier in the game, got things started with a single.  Jimmy Heck then hit a rocket off the leg of pitcher Mark Hamburger that put runners at first and second.  Caleb Thielbar took over for Hamburger, but he gave up a single to Kewby Meyer that knocked home Aldrich to tie the game at six.


With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh the Saints plated four runs to take the lead for good.  With a runner at second and one out Breland Almadova walked.  Nate Hanson’s bouncer to third went by third baseman Jordan Caillouet for an error and scored Danny Oh to give the Saints a 7-6 lead.  Brady Shoemaker was hit by a pitch and with two outs Anthony Gallas walked to force in a run and make it 8-6.  Tony Caldwell’s two-run single gave the Saints a 10-6 lead.  Play was halted because of rain after Caldwell was thrown out trying to go to second.  The game was official and the Saints were declared the victor.


The Saints jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second when Tony Thomas reached on a one out bunt single.  Gallas then walked and, with two outs, Jon Kristoffersen walked to load the bases.  Tanner Vavra dropped down a two out bunt single that scored Thomas to make it 1-0.  Danny Oh followed with a bases clearing double that gave the Saints a 4-0 lead.


The Stockade answered right back and took the lead in the top of the third when Aaron Olivas led off with a single to left-center.  With one out Eric Ferguson dropped down a bunt single to put runners at first and second.  Caillouet walked to load the bases and that brought up Aldrich.  He promptly crushed the first pitch he saw over the right field wall for a grand slam, tying the game at four.  Jimmy Heck then singled, advanced to second on an errant pickoff attempt by Hamburger and scored on Meyers single giving the Stockade a 5-4 lead.


The Saints grabbed the lead back in the bottom of the inning when Hanson reached on a fielding error by the shortstop Olivas.  Shoemaker then crushed a two-run homer to right, his fifth of the season, to give the Saints a 6-5 lead.


The same two teams meet in game two of the three game series on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at The Depot at Cleburne Station.  The Saints are TBA and the Railroaders send RHP Tim Blackmon (0-1, 6.75).  The game can be heard on Club 1220 KLBB.