The St. Johns Country Day Spartans baseball team got an 8-3 win at home Wednesday night over the Creekside Knights.
St. Johns jumped out to a five-run lead in the second inning. The inning started off with a solo home run from Jacob Thomas. Later in the inning with the bases loaded and no outs, George Gilson got an RBI on a ground ball that went to the pitcher, who failed to get the runner out at home. Hunter Rodgers got an RBI on a sacrifice ground ball. The Spartans added two more runs courtesy of RBI singles from Kody Daneault and Kyle Boylston.
Creekside responded with one in the top of the third inning courtesy of a sacrifice fly ball from Tyler Martineau.
Creekside added two more runs in the top of the fourth inning. With runners on second and third base, Creekside attempted a squeeze play but pitcher Daneault stepped off while the runner on third base was heading towards home. Daneault attempted to throw the runner out but the umpire said the catcher interfered with the base, giving Creekside the run. Creekside’s final run of the game was off a sacrifice fly ball from Alex Calabro.
With Creekside keeping the score within two runs, St. Johns scored three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to put the game out of reach for the Knights. With runners on first and second base, Gilson earned another RBI after Creekside made an errant throw while trying to turn a double play. Rodgers and Daneault each earned another RBI from singles.
St. Johns had a dominant performance from the three pitchers they deployed Wednesday night. Daneault started on the mound and threw for four innings, striking out four batters, three walks, one hit and three runs given up. Thomas Gibbs threw for two innings and struck out three batters and Alford pitched one inning with one strikeout. Despite three runs given up, St. Johns only allowed one hit and their defense had a perfect fielding percentage on the night.
The Spartans have a 20-4 record and have one game left of the 2023 regular season. St. Johns’ last game of the regular season is a road matchup Thursday against the Bolles Bulldogs, who the Spartans defeated in a 13-2 mercy rule win earlier in the season.
The Spartans are set to begin playoff baseball at home next Monday against the First Coast Christian Knights.