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St. Mary’s off to best start in years in Albion Midget League

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 June 2019 at 9:06 am

Photos by Tom Rivers: Blake Preston is on the mound for St. Mary’s in Thursday’s 8-4 victory over Carlton. Preston struck out 6 batters in 3 innings of work.

Finn McCue pitched well in relief for Carlton. He also hit a home run.

ALBION – The St. Mary’s Athletic Club is 5-2 in the Albion Midget League, its best start in many years.

The team won 8-4 on Thursday and also defeated the Vets on Tuesday.

The team is led by the pitching duo of Jack Kinter and Blake Preston. They each pitched three innings on Thursday, with Kinter striking out 5 hitters and Preston getting 6 Ks.

Kinter and Preston both had two hits. Mason Giattino had the biggest hit of the day with a long home run to left center that took a few short hops before going into the weeds at Sandstone Park. Giattino, the team’s catcher, had another hit on the day.

“A lot of kids are hitting the ball,” said Chris Kinter, the team’s head coach.

Carlton had a home run and two singles by Finn McCue. Dominic Jurs also hit a double.

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Jack Kinter slides at home to score a run for St. Mary’s.

After the game the St. Mary’s players went out to find the ball from the long home run hit by Mason Giattino. Liam Leader emerged with the ball. He gave it to Mason, who is behind him, to keep as a souvenir.

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