DASSEL – Jumping out to an 8-0 lead after one inning is a good recipe for victory.
Unfortunately, that was not enough for the DC Saints Wednesday, as the St. Paul Hops rebounded from an 8-0 first inning deficit to score an 18-13 victory.
The Hops chipped away with three runs in the third, three in the fourth, and two in the fifth to pull to within 10-8.
The Saints scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to take a 12-8 lead, but St. Paul scored five in the seventh, and five more in the ninth.
Michael Leffler took the loss, giving up seven runs (all earned), on two hits and six walks. He struck out six.
Starting pitcher Collin Krick gave up six runs (three earned) in four innings, while Noah Halonen gave up five unearned runs in two innings of work.
Jim Althoff had three hits for the Saints, while Tyler Brandel, Dylan Weber, and Jacob Niemela had two each.
Brandel hit the first home run of the season for the Saints, a solo shot in the fourth inning.
Check out Friday ‘s Enterprise Dispatch for a full update.