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Ste. Genevieve overtakes Park Hills in district opener

STE. GENEVIEVE — Brett Shuh finished 2-for-2 and scored three runs while reaching base five straight times, and Ste. Genevieve Post 150 advanced in the Senior Legion District 13 baseball tournament Monday night.

Alex Stoll and Al Gunter added two hits each, and Alec Greminger scored on four occasions in a 15-5 first-round victory at Yanks Field, as Ste. Genevieve overcame an early deficit with 14 unanswered runs.

Shuh propelled his team ahead 6-5 with a long two-RBI triple to right-center in the fifth inning, then sparked a seven-run seventh with a hustling infield hit and two stolen bases.

Second-seeded Post 150 will face Farmington tonight at 8 p.m. in the second of two winner’s bracket semifinal games. The teams split a pair of meetings during the regular season.

Garrett Manion paced the Park Hills offense by going 2-for-3 with three RBI. His two-run single and a subsequent RBI single from Zach Manford gave the energized Miners a 5-1 advantage in the third inning.

Ste. Genevieve chipped away with RBI singles from Stoll in the third inning and Gunter in the fourth. Back-to-back leadoff walks helped the host squad surge in front with four tallies in the fifth.

Post 39 starter Dominic Eaton departed with the lead despite opening a blister on his middle finger in the second. He navigated that frame with the help of a double play after Ste. Genevieve netted an earlier unearned run.

Alex Rollhaus limited the margin to 5-4 with an RBI single off lefty reliever Andrey Atkeson before Shuh connected for the overtaking hit. Bryn Huck capped the rally with a sacrifice fly.

The comeback made a winner of Ste. Genevieve hurler Andrew Suiter, who allowed nine hits and struck out six through five innings. Derek Brown retired six of seven batters faced in two scoreless frames of relief work.

Ste. Genevieve widened the gap to 8-5 on Stoll’s RBI double in the sixth. Jacob Roe and Broc Kreitler each contributed a two-run single as 12 men stepped the plate in the seventh.

The contest was abbreviated via run rule when a fly ball was dropped in left field. Park Hills committed three defensive errors as three pitchers combined to issue 10 walks.

Park Hills pounced for a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Switch-hitting second baseman Justin Lashley launched a triple over the center fielder from the left side before Kyle Harrison and Manion delivered RBI singles.

Harrison finished 2-for-4 for the Miners, who will face an elimination game on Wednesday. They also received singles from Jesse Waters, Logan Bradley and Nick Daugherty, who added an impressive diving catch in center field.

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