After starting the 2007 season with a frustrating 13-8 loss to Webster Groves early last week, the Lindbergh High baseball team bounced back with a 10-2 no-hitter win over St. Mary’s.
“The frustrating part against Webster Groves was that we left eight people on base, but we did battle back later on in the game,” Lindbergh head coach Darin Scott said of the March 19 game. “On Tuesday (March 20), the conditions were pretty brutal for both teams.”
Lindbergh starting pitcher Andrew Keltner gave up just one run in five innings while striking out seven batters and walking two in his first win of the season.
The Flyers head coach believed that despite having a no-hitter after five innings of play, Keltner was at 75 pitches, which was more than enough for his first game of the season.
“The thing with Andrew is that he really keeps hitters off balance,” Scott said. “He did a nice job for his first start of the year and looked really good out there.”
Lindbergh’s Bryce Snelson finished the final two innings of the game, giving up one run on zero hits while walking one and striking out two.
“It was nice to see Bryce come in and not give up a hit,” Scott said. “He actually hit the first guy he faced and then walked the next batter and then threw a wild pitch, but he really settled down after that.”
Lindbergh’s Nick Higgs had a solid day at the plate with a three-for-four showing that included two runs scored and three runs driven in. The senior third baseman recorded two doubles from those three hits in the win over St. Mary’s.
“Last year, Nick had a broken finger and played through it throughout the season,” Scott said. “He’s a streaky hitter and hopefully we can keep this going.”
Senior center fielder Eli Jump may have not recorded any hits against St. Mary’s, but he recorded four walks that allowed him to score three runs for the Flyers.
“Eli’s started off the season very nicely,” Scott said. “He’s our leadoff guy that’s gotten on base a lot this year.”
Senior starting catcher Tom Henke recorded two hits against St. Mary’s, resulting in three runs batted in.
“Tom had two back-to-back line drive singles that drove in three runs,” Scott said. “He’s also done a real nice job controlling the game behind the plate this season.”
Lindbergh is back in action at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday when the Flyers travel to Parkway Central for a non-conference game.
Parkway Central (2-0) is coming off a solid 9-7 win over Hazelwood West in which the Colts scored all nine runs on nine hits.
“I know that they (Parkway Central) have got quite a bit of their offense back,” Scott said. “They’re a solid ball club that’s fundamentally sound, so we’ve got to make big plays and put pressure on their defense.”