BSB | Current Gaels Rout Alumni In Annual Meeting
The 2018 Saint Mary's baseball team scored 24 runs on 26 hits Saturday in a route of former SMC players
MORAGA, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's baseball team kicked off the 2018 season Saturday with its annual alumni game on a sunny day at Louis Guisto Field.
In a game that the Gaels would easily win 24-0 to the tune of 26 hits, several featured baseball alums returned to the diamond from the professional leagues including recent MLB draftees Zach Kirtley (Saint Louis Spikes), Drew Strotman (Hudson Valley Renegades), Anthony Villa (Great Falls Voyagers), and Nate Nolan (Great Falls Voyagers).
Saint Mary's would set the tone against the alums early and often against alumni starter Strotman, In the first inning, senior Jackson Thoreson started the scoring for the Gaels with a one-out double in the right center gap that plated Kevin Milam and Joey Fiske, making it 2-0. Austin Chavin followed with a two-out double that drove in Thoreson to push the Gaels' lead to 3-0.
The Gaels would tack on five more runs in the second inning with an Austin Piscotty double, an alumni error, a Thoreson double, and an Edward Haus single that put Saint Mary's comfortably ahead 8-0. The Gaels would only add on from there, with a two-run third, a four-run fourth, and two-run sixth inning to make it 16-0.
Outfielder Matt Green left the yard with a two-run moonshot over the left field wall in the eighth inning, and Saint Mary's would go on to add five more runs in the ninth for the final margin.
Meanwhile, Gaels' starter, reigning WCC Freshman of the Year and seven-time All-American Kevin Milam was efficient on the mound, ringing up five alums in five perfect innings of work in preparation for the 2018 regular season.
The current Saint Mary's squad showcased the offense that has them predicted to finish third in the West Coast Conference, scoring two or more runs in the each of the first four innings and scoring in seven of nine innings overall. The Gaels showed great patience at the plate, working 11 walks.
Several freshmen also got their feet wet before the regular season begins next week. On the mound, reliever Carlos Lomeli took over for Milam after the fifth to make his collegiate debut, and impressed with three shutout innings. Lomeli lost the combined perfect game bid in the eighth inning after an alumni single with two outs. On the offensive side of the diamond, Jack Murphy, JC Santini, Bill Ralston, Gabe Giosso, and Gio Diaz made their collegiate debuts in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.
Saint Mary's begins the 2018 season on Feb. 16 when they hit the road for a three-game series at Long Beach State.
We are trying to simulate this as an actual game with batting practice and all that stuff. The alumni are here and it is awesome, and you have some minor leaguers that are current players so it is a good deal. For us, we've played each other for so long and next weekend is our first time against other competition, so it is good to have another team in the dugout and all of us in the dugout instead of split in half. All together it was a good day for us.
There were nine different arms that we faced and you have different angles and speeds and I don't think our guys got too big or tried to do too much. They took good swings, and I liked that part of it. Even though it got a little ugly towards the end, our guys were still staying with it and doing a good job with their at-bats.
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