The Sting played the Saints Tuesday night. Bennet Knapper started off pitching. Both teams had solid defense and nobody scored in the first two innings. Asa Ulferts took over in the top of the 3rd. KMS got runners on 2nd and 3rd. He got the next batter out at first. There was a sacrifice fly to left field that Tate Schulte caught, but gave the 3rd base runner time to get home. The 2nd base runner stole 3rd. Then, during a wild pitch, Ulferts rushed to cover home. Catcher Ayden Friese got him the ball in time to tag the runner out.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Ulferts got to 2nd, and Ethan Peterson took over as a courtesy runner. Friese hit a pop fly but luckily the catcher dropped it. He hit a few more foul balls and eventually struck out. Knapper sacrifice hit to advance Peterson to 3rd. Nick Lindstrom hit him home. Schulte hit a single to get runners on 1st and 3rd, but got tagged out trying to steal 2nd. The score was tied at 1-1.
In the top of the 4th, Bryce Schmidt caught a hit to right field. KMS got runners on 2nd and 3rd. Knapper fielded the next hit to get the runner out on 1st, but the 3rd base runner scored. Ulferts struck out the next batter to end the inning. In the bottom of the 4th, Angel Jimenez hit a single, then dove to steal 2nd as the baseman had to leap to catch the ball. He was left stranded as Schmidt hit a foul ball that was caught, and Carter Sneller was called out at first.
In the top of the 5th, Jimenez took over pitching. 1st baseman Cole Richter caught a foul ball. Jimenez fielded a bunt to 1st base for another out. Peterson caught a hit to left field. In the bottom of the 5th YME went three up, three down.
In the top of the 6th, Jimenez leapt forward from the mound to catch a ball that bounced up from the bat. Schmidt caught a ball in right field, and Peterson made a diving catch for the 3rd out. In the bottom of the 6th, Peterson walked. Richter made a sacrifice bunt to advance him. Jimenez’s hit was caught by the 2nd baseman. Schmidt hit a ball to left field to get runners to 1st and 3rd, putting the Sting into scoring position. Unfortunately, Sneller’s hit to left field was caught.
In the top of the 7th, Dalton Anderson took over pitching. Lindstrom caught a pop fly near 2nd base. Schmidt caught a ball in right field. Anderson threw a full count, then the runner walked. The runner was antsy to steal 2nd, but Anderson kept watching him. He threw two strikes, then threw the ball to first. The ball hit the dirt, and the runner took off. Richter got the ball to 2nd so Lindstrom tagged him out.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Sting were down 1-2. Anderson walked. Friese sacrifice bunted to get him to 2nd. Knapper hit a ball to left field but it was caught. A wild pitch gave Anderson an opening to steal 3rd. Lindstrom was up to bat. Another wild pitch and Anderson pounced. He stole home to tie the game 2-2. Schulte struck out, sending the game to extra innings.
In the top of the 8th, Anderson struck out a batter. A runner got to first. Sneller caught a ball in center field and the runner hauled it back to 1st. Sneller threw it, but the runner was called safe at the bag. The next batter hit the ball just short of the back wall, giving the runner ample time to score. Knapper caught a ball to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 8th, Richter hit a single to left field. Jimenez hit the ball to center field, but the fielder made a diving catch. Schmidt made it to 1st but Richter was tagged out at 2nd. Sneller hit a double, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. Anderson was up to bat. He had two big swings that missed. The next pitch was called a strike, ending the game with a KMS win 3-2.