Delta Saints Baseball Gets Back on Track

Tim Rapp
Saints Insider
April 13, 2016

River News-HeraldLast week the Saints rebounded nicely after a rough spring break tournament up in Marysville and a loss to Rio Vista at Raley Field on Saturday. The team played all those games with just nine players, but they finally got the reinforcements they had been waiting for.  Junior, Matt Hansen and sophomore, Nick Barnett were finally eligible to play after sitting out due to CIF transfer rules.  Both contributed immediately when the Saints opened up league play against the Foresthill Wildfires.  Hansen started on the mound and threw only five innings due to the 10 run mercy rule.  Besides a few control issues, he threw great, only giving up two hits and three runs and striking out two. He also contributed at the plate with an RBI single.  Nick Barnett had a big game as well by going 4 for 4 at the plate with three runs scored and 2 RBI’s. Nick also gives the Saints stability in their outfield with solid defense.  Other players who contributed to the 13-3 Saints win were Tanner Martin, Cal Rooney, and Jacob Rapp. Martin went 2 for 2 with 3 runs scored and an RBI, Rooney was 3 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBI’s, and Rapp was 3 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI.  It was nice win to start league and finally have the full roster.

On Thursday, April 7th, the Saints traveled up to Foresthill to try and sweep the two game series.  It wasn’t going to be easy though because two players had to miss the game, leaving the Saints with only nine again. Fortunately for the Saints, Jacob Rapp had an outstanding pitching performance in a duel versus the Wildfire’s ace, Cody MacKay. Rapp got the best in this outing by throwing a complete game shutout. He mixed up pitches well and kept the Wildfire’s batters off balance.  He finished with 9 strikeouts, 1 walk, and gave up only 4 hits.  The Saints had just enough offense to put up 4 runs against the Foresthill ace.  Matt Hansen contributed again by going 2 for 3 and scoring a run. The Saints got an RBI each from Travis Barton and TJ Rapp, while the younger Rapp, Jacob, continued his hot hitting by going 3 for 3 with 2 doubles, a walk and 2 RBI’s.

The Saints are tied for first in the CVCL with Forest Lake with identical 2-0 records and Woodland Christian is 1-0.

Delta will continue their league play against a much-improved team from Sacramento Waldorf this week.  The Saints play away on Monday and home on Thursday.

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