PITTSBURG — Pittsburg High School baseball struggled against dominate Saint Thomas Aquinas pitching enroute to a 11-0 defeat at Jaycee Ballpark on Monday.
The Saints scored seven runs in the second inning, building a 8-0 lead that proved too large for the Dragons to overcome.
“I thought we did a good job at plate, we hit some balls hard that made them work in the field,” said Pittsburg baseball coach Keith Matlock. “Even though we let the score get away from us, I thought we pitched it better then we have been in our past few games. If you could eliminate that second inning it’s a different baseball game.”
Caden Bressler led Pittsburg in hits with two. Jhalani Long, Chase Curtis, Ben Boekhout and Alex Kafka also chipped in a hit each.
The Saints tacked on a run in the fifth and two runs in the seventh to help extend their lead.
Pittsburg loaded the bases in the second inning with only one out but failed to get the hit to drive the runners home.
The sixth frame started out promising for Pittsburg with Boekhout opening the inning with a double, but he was caught attempting to steal third on the next at-bat. St. Thomas Aquinas forced the next two batters out to get out of the inning.
The Dragons continued to fight in the seventh, with Kafka hitting a line drive single to center field and Long reaching base after being struck by a pitch, but they once again failed to get the hit they needed to drive the runners home.
JD Flood paced the Saints with two hits and three RBIs. Chase Elias also knocked in three RBIs. Kendall Diggs went 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
The Dragons will host Field Kindley, of Coffeyville, in a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.