BARTLETT – St. Charles East righty Mike Boehmer threw 23 pitches in relief Thursday, but he was strong enough to not only start Friday against Bartlett, but go five scoreless innings in helping lead his team to a 5-2 Upstate Eight Conference crossover win.
Boehmer threw just 60 pitches during his five innings, giving up only two hits and a walk while striking out four. He and reliever Troy Dyhkuis overcame five Saints errors.
The Saints’ defense did redeem itself somewhat by turning two double plays.
“I felt good,” Boehmer said of his second start of the season. “I’ve mostly pitched in relief so far this season, so it was nice to finally get a start. I had everything working for me. Fastball was there, definitely. Changeup I threw every once in a while; kept that down. Curveball was also working for me.”
“I don’t strike out many. I work with control and get a lot of groundouts. It is great when you have a defense that can turn two double plays like we did today.”
Saints coach Len Asquini said he pulled Boehmer only because he pitched a day earlier.
“Good pitching performance by our starter,” Asquini said. “Boy, was he effective. Very, very happy with how Michael has thrown for us so far. And wonderful to see Troy Dykhuis come in for those next two and get his work done, as well. He has been a little bit hurt [arm], so it was nice to get him out on the hump.”
East (3-4, 2-1 UEC River) staked Boehmer to a 3-0 first-inning lead off Bartlett starter Doug VanDyke when, with two outs, Nicholas Erickson singled and Joe Hoscheit reached on an error.
Brian Sobieski’s single knocked in Erickson with the game’s first run, Nick Huskisson singled home Hoscheit and Sobieski crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
“It feels great,” Boehmer said of walking to the mound in the first inning with a three-run lead. “We can just play our normal game.”
In the fifth inning, Erickson and Hoscheit singled and Sobieski walked to load the bases.
Brannon Barry singled home Erickson and Hoscheit scored on an error.
Bartlett (2-2, 1-2 UEC Valley) rallied in the seventh with two singles and two Saints errors bringing home a run
A single by Bartlett’s Mike Wick brought home the Hawks’ second run, but Sam Franco was caught rounding third base too far, and was tagged out to end the game.
“It was a little scary [in the bottom of the seventh], but I knew we could get it done,” Boehmer said.
“We had some defensive miscues today that kept them in the game,” Asquini said. “On the flip side, we also took advantage of those miscues on the other end.”
Bartlett coach Chris Pemberton was disappointed with his team’s effort.
“We were optimistic striking out the first two [batters] of the game, but we had some major defensive lapses,” he said. “We have to come ready to play day in and day out. We know we have a rigorous schedule in conference. We can’t take anything for granted. Today we didn’t have the right mindset to have a solid baseball game.”
Erickson and Barry were each 3 for 4 and Sobieski went 1 for 2 with two walks.