Country Day rallied from an early two-run deficit to defeat St. Martin’s 3-2 in eight innings Saturday at Pontiff Playground.
“We gave a couple of runs away early,” Cajuns coach Sam Dozier said, “but we hung in there and got the job done.”
Country Day improved to 11-4 on the season while St. Martin’s fell to 10-7.
St. Martin’s struck first with two runs in the first inning.
The Saints got their first run on an RBI groundout by pitcher Raj Shah and added a second run on a passed ball to gain a 2-0 lead.
After that, Cajuns pitcher Jake Gitter shut the door on St. Martin’s. Gitter gave up just one hit over the remaining five innings he pitched.
“We had a few mistakes, but we bounced back,” Gitter said. “It was a nice defensive effort. The outfield was making stellar plays for me. It was easy to pitch with that defense behind me.”
Gitter also led off the eighth inning with a triple to right-center field. He eventually scored the winning run on Blake Amann’s single after the next two batters were intentionally walked.
“It felt good,” Gitter said. “(Shah) hadn’t been spotting his curveballs in the late innings, so I was expecting a fastball, and he put one right there for me.”
Amann had tripled to lead off the seventh inning, but the Cajun hitters were unable to drive him in. Shah retired two batters with the bases loaded to maintain the tie.
The hit was a confidence-builder for Amann, though.
“I’ve been struggling at the plate,” Amann said. “Being able to hit the ball as hard as I did that at-bat gave me a lot of confidence in the eighth inning.”
First baseman Christian Kerut swapped positions with Gitter in the seventh inning and provided two perfect relief innings to get the win.
“It felt good to get back on the mound,” Kerut said. “Jake pitched a great six innings, and I just came in for some support.”
Kerut tied the game for the Cajuns with an inside-the-park home run that got past the right fielder and rolled all the way to the wall.
“When I hit it, I knew it was going to fall because it was tailing a lot,” Kerut said. “When I saw (the outfielder) laying on the ground, I knew I had a chance to score. So I got on my horse and things worked out for us.”