While the Archers hadn’t necessarily played poorly over the past week, it had been one to forget for St. Louis Community College’s baseball team.
After a 5-4 start, STLCC had dropped six of seven games following a 4-2 loss to Jefferson College in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday (March 19) at Heine Meine Field. Five of those losses were by three runs or fewer.
In a matter of minutes into Thursday’s nightcap, those near-missed were forgotten. On the strength of a five-run first, the Archers grabbed a lead large enough to work with through the entirety of the game, and secured a split with a 10-6 win.
Third baseman Mitch Miller contributed four RBIs, including a three-run double to cap the first-inning scoring, and sophomore second baseman Devan O’Bryan drilled a two-run homer in the second that chased Jefferson’s starter after recording just three outs on the afternoon.
“We talked before the game about how today was going to be competitive and fun, and it was,” head coach Scott Goodrich said. “We’ve been doing a lot of things really well, but we just haven’t been getting the results and the runs. We had taken some good at-bats, but that’s when teams tend to press a bit. It was good to see us jump out on a quality team and be able to hold on there at the end.”
Starting pitcher Adam Bieber battled control issues and a tight strike zone for 5 1/3 innings. He allowed just two hits, but pitched around 10 walks to allow four runs. The win improved his record to 2-1. Right-hander Donald Lovelady relieved Bieber in the sixth and completed the final 3 2/3 innings, earning his second save.
“It was really important in these regional games, when we’re playing 16 innings a day, two out of three days,” Goodrich said. “He wasn’t necessarily bad, and the strike zone wasn’t too pitcher-friendly. Their guy struggled the same way, but when you throw strike one, you open it (the zone) up a bit.”