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‘Mentally prepared’ Saints cruise, brace for Geneva

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles East baseball team scored in every inning Wednesday in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover against East Aurora, rolling over the Tomcats, 15-0, in five innings.

Starter Keegan Kennedy matched the Saints’ offensive intensity in his four innings, scattering one hit and nine strikeouts.

“Throwing strikes to them and letting my defense work behind me is a huge thing what they preach here,” Kennedy said. “Coach does a great job to prepare us … just keeping us mentally prepared is what they do best for us.”

East Aurora (2-13, 0-10 UEC Valley) first baseman Reno Salazar was the team’s only baserunner, singling in the second inning. East Aurora starting pitcher Alfonso Dieppa went three innings, walking three and striking out none. The Saints (12-7, 8-5 UEC River) reached on three errors, and each runner scored.

“If you look at the second and third inning, there were all three errors on us … and three or four plays, they didn’t go as errors, but should have and could have been made by us,” East Aurora coach Jerry Taulbee said. “I really believe that if we make those plays and do that on a consistent basis, we’re going to compete.”

The third inning was the biggest for the Saints. After shortstop Jake Milosch reached on an error, he stole second base and senior Adam Rojas walked. Another error loaded the bases for right fielder Mike Settle, who singled in Milosch.

Junior Max Powers hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Rojas, and pinch-hitter Sam Testo singled in another run to make the score 8-0.

The inning continued with a flyout by second baseman Jake Clodi before pinch-hitter Kevin Assoian cleared the bases with a two-run double. Assoian was brought in by a Kyle Cook single to make the score 11-0.

The Tomcats brought in senior Josh Ramos to pitch the fourth inning, and he was promptly greeted by RBI singles from Clodi and Assoian.

Assoain finished 2 for 2 with four RBIs and a double. The Saints brought in junior Hunter Cisewski to close out the game. He worked a perfect fifth.

The Saints begin a three-game series against UEC River rival Geneva today, and coach Len Asquini’s squad is up to the challenge.

“We’re trying to build on what we have done here the last couple days,” Asquini said. “[We hope to] play a clean game out on the field, force them to earn their runs, not give them runs and of course pitch a good game.”

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