In an April 10 North Suburban Conference match-up, St. Francis pulled out a come-from-behind 6-4 win over Spring Lake Park on the Panther’s home field.
“We didn’t give up on it. That was a very nice win,” said St. Francis coach Brian Julson.
Spring Lake Park started the action, though, when first baseman Ben Johnson hit a double in his first at bat, scoring Sam Kaus from first base for the game’s first run.
Spring Lake Park clung to that 1-0 lead until the fifth when the Saint’s Lucas Huss and Warren Bauman hit a pair of singles before shortstop Andy Julkowski stepped up to the plate and hit a three-run home run off starting pitcher Jake Matthys.
With two out in the bottom of the fifth St. Francis moved Julkowski to the pitcher’s mound. The Panther’s Ben Johnson responded with a hit to score Alex Eatherton from first base.
Then, with two out in the top of the sixth and leading 3-2, the Saint’s Ryan Holritz scored on a wild throw from short to first.
After a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth, the Saints stepped up to the plate and scored two more in the top of the seventh, making it 6-2.
“We did a nice job. Played all seven innings. This team has lots of character and we preach using every at bat. That’s just what these boys did,” Julson said.
After two fly balls resulted in two outs in the bottom of the seventh, the Panther’s Jake Mattys smacked a two-run home run, but the short-lived rally ended when Julkowski struck out Johnson to end the game and take home a 6-4 win.
“I thought that was a really, really nice game. We did all aspects really well. We didn’t give up on it. That was a very nice win,” Julson said.
The undefeated Saints took the field against Irondale April 12 while the 0-3 Panthers hosted North Branch.
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