Minnehaha Academy's Owen Santiago pitched a complete game, allowing just two hits and striking out eight, as Minnehaha Academy beat Blake 2-1. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Owen Santiago singled in the first inning, starting a two-run rally that held up for the rest of the game. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Errors have plagued Minnehaha Academy this season, contributing mightily to the team’s 1-4 start to the season. So when Nick Parten’s throw from third bounced under the glove of first baseman Benji Koeckeritz and put the tying run on base with nobody out in the top of the seventh inning on Saturday, Redhawks pitcher Owen Santiago could be excused for thinking, “Here we go again.”
But that’s not Santiago’s makeup. Instead, the right-hander struck out the next two batters and got Jasper Liu to fly out to right field, preserving Minnehaha Academy’s 2-1 victory at Arnold Klaers Field in Loretto.
“I thought, ‘I just have to go shut it down,’ “ Santiago said. “I wanted to finish what I started.”
Santiago, who had pitched just five innings this season before Saturday, did just that. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out eight to earn his first victory of the year.
“He pitched an outstanding game,” said Redhawks coach Scott Glenn.
Blake senior Jasper Graham pitched five scoreless innings after giving up two runs in the first inning. The Bears lost to the Redhawks 2-1 on Saturday. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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