In its final home regular season contest, the St. Louis Park baseball team made it an evening to remember.
All 10 of the Orioles’ seniors started the game, senior Shane Boettcher notched his first varsity hit and St. Louis Park beat St. Paul Highland Park 4-0 at Dakota Park on Thursday.
“Our guys have worked so hard this year, especially our seniors,” coach Aaron McEachran said. “It means a lot to them. For the fans to come out and support us—the guys were ready.”
Pitcher Ryne McNary held the Scots (11-6) scoreless in six innings, allowing three hits and striking out four on the night. Derrick Keller pitched a scoreless seventh, striking out two.
The Orioles (13-5, 9-4 North Suburban Conference) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as John Gallice singled to score Scott Foltz.
In the fourth, Jack Borderwick singled and scored on a Christian Erickson double, and Erickson later scored to give the Orioles a 3-0 lead.
Erickson wasn’t done. He hit a home run to center field in the sixth to give Park its final run of the game. He finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run in the game.
Gallice finished 1-for-3 with an RBI, Boettcher and Bobby Otto were each 1-for-3, and Bordewick was 1-for-2 in the game.
The Orioles finish up the regular season Friday on the road against Columbia Heights before starting Section 6AAA play.
McEachran said a team rule is to not have expectations, but the Orioles do have a goal of eclipsing last year’s finish as section runners-up and making a trip to this year’s state tournament.
“We know it’s baseball, and things are going to happen,” McEachran said. “We’re going to give ourselves the best chance to win, and that’s very few mental mistakes and doing the best we can.”