East Palestine, OH- Saint John grabbed the lead late in the game in a 16-4 victory over the Bristol Panthers on Monday. The game was tied at four with the Heralds batting in the top of the fourth when sophomore Will Anderson singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. Bristol scored four runs in the second inning, but Saint John still managed to pull out the victory. The offensive firepower by Bristol was led by Zack Caldwell, and Kaiden Kohler, all driving in runs in the inning. Saint got things started in the first inning. An error scored one run for the Heralds. Saint John knotted the game up at four in the top of the third inning and scored one run when Matt Miller singled. The Heralds racked up six runs in the fifth inning. Saint John put the pressure on, lead by singles by Anderson, Ezra Campbell, and Tom Miller, by Jesus Hernandez and Vin Narducci, and a walk by Bryson Vennitti.
Miller was on the hill for Saint John. The pitcher went two innings, allowing four runs on zero hits and walking one. Brent Songer manned the rubber for Bristol Panthers. Songer went three and a third innings, allowing ten runs on ten hits and striking out one. Caldwell and Jayden Miller entered the game as relief, throwing one and one-third innings and one-third of an inning respectively. Saint John had 13 hits in the game with Campbell, Miller, Anderson, and Miller each racking up multiple hits for the Heralds. Campbell went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Heralds in hits. Jack Berry led Bristol with one hit in one at bats. Saint John went undefeated in league play in their first year as members of the NAC. Saint John will travel to 7 seeded Wellsville for round one of the OHSAA playoffs on Thursday and Bristol is set to host 13 seed Lisbon on Thursdsay.