By Marc Tobias
ST. MARYS — The Roughriders baseball team was able to continue their hot start to the season as it knocked off St. Henry 11-1 at K.C. Geiger Park on Thursday.
The bottom of the St. Marys lineup did most of the damage against the Redskins, as Kyle Cheslock went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI from the seven-hole and Ty Widman went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI from the eighth-slot.
“Ty Widman in left had four RBI and was 3-for-3, he didn’t play Tuesday because we were kind of platooning guys but he had a great game today,” said St. Marys coach Fred Hullinger. “They put the bat on the ball, St. Henry always has a good ball club so to come out and do this is phenomenal, but you could tell that they have some people they haven’t had because of basketball.”
Mark Dieringer also had a good day at the plate for the Roughriders from his nine-spot, as he went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBI.
St. Marys got three runs in the second with some help from the ’Skins.
Andy Langsdon led off with a walk and Kyle Cheslock then reached on an Evan Bertke error.
Widman took advantage with a two-run single and later scored on a Jeremy Schwieterman error.
Josh Schmackers relieved Mike Hoying from his pitching duties in the second and got the Redskins out of a bases loaded, no-out jam by only allowing Widman to score.
It was a rough day for Hoying who finished by allowing three runs (all unearned) on one hit and five walks in one inning of work.
“It was Michael Hoying’s first varsity start and I’m sure he was a little bit nervous and it’s a little cold, but he’ll get better once he gets a little more experience and some confidence,” said St. Henry coach John Dorner. “We have a lot of guys out there that it’s their first varsity year, and the guys that we have returning, most of them we’ve only had for three days on the team. It will come and the coaching staff will have to be patient and get what we can out of them and keep the kids positive.”
St. Marys tacked on three more in the third and it was a Cheslock single driving in Deron Steinke for the first run of the inning. Widman followed with an RBI single and Dieringer reached on an error and later scored.
“You can’t make excuses, St. Marys has a nice ball club,” Dorner said. “We threw in six or seven errors and walked six or seven people and when we’re not at the top of our game because we haven’t had a lot of practice you can’t give other teams free chances and we gave them a lot free chances today.”
The Roughriders scored five in the bottom of the fourth for an 11-1 lead. Tim Danaher then was able to shut down the ÔSkins in the top of the fifth for the run rule.
Brady Schmitz had the best day at the plate for St. Henry as he went 2-for-2 with one RBI.
Langsdon picked up the win for St. Marys as he went four innings allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
“Andy did a nice job, he got in trouble a few times but he bored down and got out of his jams and it was a good outing for him,” Hullinger said. “It was cold out and he was on a 70-pitch count and he got in trouble and had to throw a lot of pitches, but he showed his senior leadership tonight by being able to stay in there and do that.”
St. Marys improves to 2-0 and returns to action Saturday in double-header action against Minster while St. Henry falls to 0-2 and hosts LCC tonight.