East Palestine, OH- In their first year as members of the Northeastern Athletic Conference (NAC), the Saint John Heralds have grabbed at least a share of the conference championship by beating the Bristol Panthers at home on Thursday 05/11/2023. Will Anderson didn’t allow a single run against Bristol Panthers, throwing a complete game shutout and leading the Saint John Heralds to a 4-0 victory on Thursday. In the second inning, Saint John got their offense started when Ryan Williams singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run. Anderson led things off on the mound for the Heralds Varsity. The sophomore righthander surrendered zero runs on three hits over seven innings, striking out 14 and walking zero while showing off incredible command the entire afternoon.
An early bright spot for Bristol was a single by Kaiden Kohler in the first inning. Kohler also led things off on the hill for Bristol. The pitcher went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out four. Brent Songer threw one inning in relief late in the game. Saint John saw the ball well all day, racking up ten hits in the game. Anderson, Williams, and Anthony Severino each racked up multiple hits for Heralds. Anderson led Saint John Heralds Varsity Baseball with three hits in four at bats. Saint John didn’t commit a single error in the field. Severino had the most chances in the field with 13. The Heralds will meet the Panthers again on Monday 05/15/2023 in Bristol before both teams begin their OHSAA tournament games with Saint John playing against Wellsville and Bristol to square off against Lisbon.