Thanks to some clutch two-out hitting and Jonathan Wignall’s authoritative pitching performance, the St. Helena High baseball team dusted the Middletown Mustangs aside for a 6-0 win on Friday afternoon.
Wignall went the distance, giving up just two hits and one walk while striking out seven. The defensive play of the game was center fielder Charles Bertoli throwing out Middletown’s Jack Hamilton at home, with catcher Brian Begerow applying the tag.
With the exception of the first inning, the Mustangs never seriously threatened Wignall. In addition to his aforementioned seven strikeouts as well as Hamilton being tagged out at home, Wignall generated 12 ground ball outs and just one fly ball out.
“I can’t say enough about what we bring to the table every day,” Saints head coach Brandon Farrell said. “Our pitching is always ahead of the count. Johnny was the epitome of that. He really commanded the game.”
Offensively, Jimmy Figueroa was 2 for 3 with a double and four RBIs, including a two-run single with two out in the first inning. Joey Brink also had two hits, while Danny Brink, Wignall, Bertoli and Begerow each had one.
In the first inning, Figueroa put the Mustangs in deep trouble early with a two-run single with two outs to score both Brink brothers. Figueroa was not done yet as he blasted a two-run double in the third inning to score Wignall and Danny Brink. Moments earlier, Danny Brink’s two-run double scored Richard Hoppe.
Wendt’s RBI groundout to shortstop in the sixth that scored Begerow was the final margin of victory.
“We had some clutch two-out RBIs in the first and third innings,” Farrell said. “The rest of the time we hit the ball in the air too much, which we had not been doing.”
The Saints are now 9-2 overall and 3-0 in North Central League I.
“I don’t know if it was our best game but we have a lot of good baseball left in us,” Farrell said. “You have to pitch well and play good defense. I’m not going to make excuses but it was the first time on this field, which is a little different than the Veterans home.”
The Saints have played home games at both St. Helena High and the Veterans Home in Yountville.