DIETERICH -- All it took for the Movin’ Maroons was a little patience.
After St. Elmo starter Levi Maxey struck out six of the first seven batters he faced, it was a Clayton Campton walk that broke down the floodgates.
Campton’s leadoff walk led to five runs for Dieterich in the third inning, which helped them cruise to a 7-1 win Tuesday.
“When we win the small battles, when we draw more walks and get guys on base that way, and tack on a few hits, we can play like this,” said Dieterich coach Jamie VanScyoc. “Our kids are going to get the results they want.”
After the Campton walk, Maxey hit ninth hitter Nick Feldhake with a pitch and Alex Bohnhoff singled to right to load the bases. Jake Bohnhoff grounded into a fielder’s choice, forcing Campton out at the plate.
But Tanner Traub’s grounder to third was mishandled and no play was made by the defense, allowing the first run to score.
Brandon Westjohn singled in two more with a roller to right, Garrett Einhorn was hit by a pitch, and runs scored on a Cole Hartke walk and a wild pitch.
For the Eagles, coming off a night win over rival Brownstown Monday where Connor Beasley set a school record for strikeouts (19), they struggled out of the gates.
“That’s always a big game for us and a big deal,” said St. Elmo coach Ryan Beccue. “We’ve got to be a little tougher minded, and play with some more life. We didn’t do a lot of bad things.”
From there, Traub went to work, allowing just one run on a looping single to Dalton Parks in the fourth inning.
He pitched into the seventh, but was pulled with two outs after giving up two singles, due to a blister issue.
“Tanner came out, he’s our ace, and I felt he threw really well today,” VanScyoc said. “I got out there, and I pulled him immediately. He was having a hard time throwing the ball.”
Traub scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning to make it 6-1, and Lance Niemerg came home on another wild pitch in the seventh.
St. Elmo struggled against Traub, who racked up 12 strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. But Beccue said it wasn’t for a lack of quality swings
“We had a few good at-bats that still ended in strikeouts,” Beccue said. Sometimes, a kid just throws the ball well... and you have to tip your cap.”
Traub went 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk, and also allowed just three hits while walking one. Westjohn was 1-for-3 with two RBI, and Hartke had an RBI walk.
Maxey was equally impressive in terms of the K, striking out 12 in his five innings of work. But he struggled with control, walking five and hitting two, allowing Dieterich to capitalize.
Along with Parks’ RBI single, Nick Bauer and Noah Flowers had hits for the Eagles.
St. Elmo (3-4) plays Thursday against Ramsey, while Dieterich (2-3) hosts Newton Friday.
Dieterich 7, St. Elmo 1
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WP - Traub LP - L. Maxey
St. Elmo: Parks (1-3, RBI), Bauer (1-3), Flowers (1-3)
Dieterich: A. Bohnhoff (2-3, BB, R), Traub (1-3, BB, 2 R, 6.2 IP, 12 K, 1 R), Westjohn (1-3, 2 RBI, BB, R), Hartke (RBI BB)