By michael boyd jr.
Ste. Genevieve hit the long road Thursday but the ride home was shorter after bringing home another victory Friday, especially when the other team was undefeated before the start of the game.
The Dragons stayed unbeaten themselves on the season with a 13-6 victory over Malden, a small town that sits between Dexter and Kennett just above the Bootheel on State Highway 25.
Ste. Genevieve (4-0 as of press time) broke open 2-2 tie with the host Green Wave by plating eight runs in the top of the third inning. They never looked back.
Aiden Boyer went 3 for 3 with two walks, three stolen bases, a run batted in and a run scored to power the Dragons on a somewhat warmer day than the rest of the week.
Zach Boyer (walk, three stolen bases, two runs, RBI), Mason Nix (double, two stolen bases, two runs) and No. 9 batter Alex Fleeman (walk, RBI) each had two hits.
Winning pitcher Wyatt Springkamper (double, walk, two runs, RBI), Quentin Wittkopf (run, RBI), Andrew Glassey (double, run, two RBI) and Carter Klump (walk, two runs) each had one hit. Aiden Meyer received a walk and Bryant Schwent scored a run.
Springkamper got the win in relief. Starter Wittkopf receive a no-decision allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks, but he also struck out nine batters.
This past Monday, the Dragons visited the St. Louis Patriots, a team that made up of regional home-schooled athletes. They then host the Jackson Indians for a nonconference contest at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, and then host Arcadia Valley for MAAA interleague play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Dragons 15, Perryville 5 (5 inns.): Ste. Genevieve exploded for 13 runs in the middle innings at Yanks Field and never looked back to stay unbeaten on the diamond Thursday against previously unbeaten Perryville.
As the light rain came and went, the Dragons (3-0) ripped 13 hits as well, including home runs by both Aiden Meyer and winning pitcher Zach Boyer, to prevail on the cold afternoon. The team also committed grand theft with seven stolen bases.
Cather Alex Fleeman powered the Dragons’ offensive attack from the No. 9 slot in the batting order. He finished 3 for 3 with two runs batted in. His courtesy runner Bryant Schwent scored twice for him.
Four other Dragons had two hits apiece: Meyer (run, two RBI), Aiden Boyer (walk, stolen base, two runs, two RBI), Quentin Wittkopf (walk, stolen base, two runs, RBI) and Mason Nix (stolen base, hit-by-pitch, two runs).