Pilots Win Big in Baseball Matchups


SJND bests Oakland’s Head Royce, Athenian of Danville

The St. Joseph Notre Dame (SJND) baseball team earned two wins last week that pushed their record over .500. 

The team got big wins over Head-Royce of Oakland last Thursday, April 6, and Athenian of Danville Monday, April 10. 

The Pilots beat the Jayhawks 14-5 on the road. The Pilots got off to a great start with a four-run first inning. The Jayhawks responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning. The Jayhawks further closed the gap with a two-run third inning to bring the score to 5-3. However, the Pilots put the game away with a six-run fourth inning. The Jayhawks never got back into the contest.

It seemed as if SJND could do no wrong at the plate. The Pilots went a whopping 12-for-27 (.444 batting average) at the plate. Eight Pilots had at least one hit in the game led by Carson Bridges. The senior went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and scored two runs himself. 

The Pilots roughed up the Jayhawks starting pitcher T.K. Prather. The freshman allowed six earned runs in just 3.1 innings of action.

The win came after losing the first game of the home-and-home series with Head-Royce 4-0 on April 4.

The Pilots followed that victory with a 5-3 win over the Owls at home. The Pilots again got off to a fast start. They scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. They scored two more in the third. The Owls attempted a comeback with a three-run sixth inning, but it was not enough. The Pilots added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Bridges led the way for SJND with two RBIs. He went 1-for-3 from the plate. Sophomore Hudson Hennigh went 2-for-2 from the plate and drove in a run. He also stole a base. 

Hunter Hennigh was solid on the mound for the Pilots. The senior pitched five scoreless innings and struck out nine Athenian batters. His counterpart for the Owls did not fare as well. Timmy Terney got the nod for Athenian. He pitched five innings and allowed four runs.

The Pilots pushed their record to 5-4. They will take on Athenian on the road today.