The Huskies bounced back in the win column tonight in solid fashion, taking down St. Croix Lutheran 10-0 in six innings on a chilly evening at Harmon Park in West St. Paul.
St. Anthony got going early. In the top of the first, Senior Sully Jahnke reached on a two out fielder’s choice, then made it to third on an error allowing senior Nick Zezulka to reach first. Jahnke then took home when Zezulka took second, and Zezulka later scored on a single by Senior Tyler Stopera. Just like that the Huskies raced out to an early 2-0 lead.
In the top of the second, senior Nick Fredrikson led off with a single, stole second, then came home on a single by Senior Matt Tappe, who made it to second on the throw. After a wild pitch advanced Tappe to third, senior Aaron Smith hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Tappe. St. Anthony left the top of two having doubled the lead to 4-0.
In the fourth, senior Paul Werni led off being hit by a pitch, and advanced to second on a wild pitch, and later scored on a two-out single by Senior Nolan Wolf. Wolf stole second and came home on a single by Smith, who ended up at second on the throw. Senior Lucas Roessler-Caram then doubled, and the Huskies ended the top of the inning with a commanding 7-0 lead.
In the top of the sixth, senior Jack VanPatter and Wolf both walked, and Smith brought them both home when he doubled to left. Smith then scored on a single by Roessler-Caram, and St. Anthony left the inning with a 10-0 lead.
Fredrikson was great on the hill, earning the win in pitching 5 innings, allowing only one hit and 10 strikeouts. Junior Christian Ash finished the sixth, striking out three of the four batters he faced an allowing no hits.
At the plate, Smith had a great day, going 2-for-3 with a double and 4 RBIs. Roessler-Caram went 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs.
The win puts the Huskies into no worse than a second place Tri-Metro finish, with no conference games left on the schedule. The Huskies return to action next Tuesday evening when they host St. Paul Central for a 7:00 game at Palm Field.