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Devils get out of jam on and off field

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 2:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 2:50 p.m. CDT

The Hall Red Devils have been waiting patiently to play some baseball and on the drive to Sherrard for Monday’s season opener, they had to wait a little longer.

The Hall bus got caught in a traffic jam on the way over and coach Tom Keegan said, “We basically just hopped off the bus, threw some balls around and played.”

They made up for lost time with a 6-4 win over the host Tigers. Junior A.J. Gaeta went 4-4 at the plate with one RBI to spark the Red Devils’ offense, which sputtered at times with 10 strikeouts.

“It’s nice to win the first one,” Keegan said. “I’m happy with our pitchers who only walked two. We got some guys on base and were able to take advantage of some miscues. We struck out 10 times which is something that will hopefully get better as we get some games under our belts.”

Gaeta started the game, allowing four runs, three earned before departing in the fourth inning with the game tied at 4. Taggert Venegas tossed the final four innings to earn the win in relief.

Miguel Villareal and Blake Moreno each drove in runs and Ian Trevier doubled.

Seneca 8, St. Bede 3: The Irish cracked 12 hits, including a home run by Lars Pihl, to take down the Bruins Tuesday at Seneca. Starting and winning pitcher Austin Applebee pitched 5.1 innings, giving up one earned run and six hits.

St. Bede 4, Seneca 3 (F/S): The Bruins scored their winning run on a bunt by Mitch Anderson, scoring Brandon Nave to take Tuesday’s season opener at the Academy. Brandon Nave picked up the win in relief of starter Josh Sapp, combing for an eight-hit with three strikeouts and a walk.

St. Bede got singles by Nave and Bryant Eustice.

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