Through two innings Monday, it looked like a pitchers' duel was breaking out between St. Anthony and Ramsey.
Ramsey's Tylor Knisley and St. Anthony's Drew Gibson each tossed two zeroes on the scoreboard without surrendering a hit and Gibson had struck out five straight batters.
That's as long as that would last, as Knisley quickly faded as the Bulldogs found their patience at the plate, and St. Anthony cruised to an 11-1 win in five innings over the Rams.
St. Anthony put three runs on the board in the third, seven more in the fourth and ended the game with a two-out RBI single by Scott Rentfrow in the fifth.
"The kids really turned it around," said St. Anthony coach Kenny Koenig. "They got patient, started hitting off their back foot and doing the little things we told them to do."
After the two scoreless innings, Neil Williams got the Bulldogs started with a one-out double in the third. He scored after Knisley tossed two wild pitches, then Eli Dasenbrock laced a double off his own.
Knisley walked the next three batters, culminating in an RBI walk for Alex Hoelscher and Rentfrow singled in a run from there to go up 3-0.
Ramsey got its only run in the fourth on a two-out single by Adam Casey. The Bulldogs kept the pressure on Knisley, after he walked the first two batters of the fourth and Dasenbrock singled in a run from there, chasing Knisley. Austin Bushur was hit by a pitch, then Eric Gurtner had a two-run double followed by a two-run single by Hoelscher.
St. Anthony scored its final run of the inning on an RBI fielder's choice by Neil Ritz.
That'd be all Gibson would need, as he struck out seven over 4.2 innings and earned the win. Braden Puckett got the final out of the fifth.
"Gibby's one of them crafty lefties that you hate to see," Koenig said. "He's not going to overpower anybody, but he's put it in the spot he wants to put it in, throw the pitches that he wants and gets the job done. He threw a great game today."
Brady Reiss retired the first two batters of the fifth, but the Bulldogs drew back-to-back walks from Gurtner and Hoelscher, and Rentfrow's bloop single to right ended the game.
Rentfrow went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Hoelscher was 1-for-2 with three RBIs, Dasenbrock was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Gurtner drove in two with a 1-for-2 day.
After winning the North Clay tournament in Louisville over the weekend, downing the Cardinals 2-1 in the process, the Bulldogs are 10-3 and playing their best baseball of the fall.
"We're starting to play some good baseball," Koenig said. "(Bushur) is coming around, starting to DH, starting to hit the ball good.
"Dasenbrock's doing his job, he's the leader of the team. Our top guys are getting on and our bottom guys are working behind them."
St. Anthony returns to NTC play today with a trip to Neoga at 4:30 p.m.
Ramsey 000 10 1 3 2
St. Anthony 003 71 11 8 1
WP - Gibson (4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 K, 2 BB) LP - Knisley (3 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 K, 6 BB)
St. Anthony: Lorenz (0-3, R, BB, SB); Williams (1-3, 2B, 2 R); Dasenbrock (2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R, BP); Bushur (0-1, R, 2 BB, HBP); Gurtner (1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB); Hoelscher (1-2, 3 RBI, 1 R, 2 BB); Rentfrow (3-4, 2 RBI, R); Ritz (0-3, RBI)