Saints Remain Perfect In Pre-Season With 4-0 Barnstorming WinST. PAUL, MN May 16, 2015
SAINTS REMAIN PERFECT IN PRE-SEASON WITH 4-0 BARNSTORMING WIN
OWATONNA, MN (May 16, 2015) – The Saints first exhibition game in the state of Minnesota wasn’t at their brand new home, CHS Field. Instead, the team continued a tradition that started in 2008, playing a barnstorming game against a local townball team at their home field. The Saints continued their unbeaten string in those games with a 4-0 victory over the Owantonna Aces/Southern Minny All-Stars at Chuck Fuller Field in Owatonna and remained undefeated on the exhibition season.
Two Saints starting pitchers got in a few innings of work as Pedro Hernandez, the former Major Leaguer for the Minnesota Twins, got the start and hurled 4.0 shutout innings allowing two hits and striking out three. Dustin Crenshaw, whom the Saints received in a trade with the Gary SouthShore Railcats following the 2014 season, tossed 3.1 shutout innings allowing two hits and striking out two. The Saints pitching staff never allowed a runner past second base.
The game remained scoreless until the fourth when the Saints got on the board against a former Saints pitcher, Matt Meyer. With one out Mike Kwasnicka singled and advanced to third on a single by Joe Bonfe. Steve Nikorak’s RBI single put the Saints up 1-0.
In the eighth the Saints finally got a little breathing room when, with two outs, Michael Antonio singled. A single by Nikorak moved Antonio to third and he scored on the play when the shortstop threw the ball away at first when Nikorak rounded the base too far, giving the Saints a 2-0 lead.
The Saints grabbed their final two runs in the ninth when they took advantage of another miscue. Anthony Phillips led off with a walk. Mitch Elliott followed with a grounder to third, but the third baseman’s throw to second went into right field allowing Phillips to race to third. Back-to-back RBI singles by Sam Maus and Shannon Wilkerson put the finishing touches on the game. Maus finished the day 2-2 with a double, RBI and three walks.
The Saints will play their first game at CHS Field, an exhibition contest on Monday evening at 7:05 p.m. against the Sioux City Explorers.