That seems to be the case over the past week-plus for the St. Paul baseball team.
After an 0-4 start with some late inning losses, the Flyers won for the fifth time in seven games with Tuesday’s 18-2 rout over host Monroeville in a Firelands Conference game at Clark Park.
Leading 10-2 entering the top of the fifth, the Flyers (5-6, 4-1) sent everyone home early with an eight-run outburst for the run-rule win.
On Monday, the Flyers topped the Eagles (1-8, (0-4) by a 7-2 score at Norwalk Area Contractors Park.
“It was nice to see the offense to start hitting the ball like that,” St. Paul coach Jim Carper said. “Honestly, we have struggled a little bit up to this point — and seeing them go out and not only hit the ball, but hit it hard, is fun to see. It couldn’t come at a better time, as we are getting into our league schedule. Hopefully that is something that we can carry with us into the next few games.
“One thing I love about baseball is that everything is contagious,” he added. “It works for good things and bad things, but once you get moving in a direction it can get contagious and go for a long time. Hopefully that carries over into the league games.”
Lost amidst the excitement from the Flyers offensive fireworks was a fantastic performance on the mound by Scott Adelman. He allowed two runs on three hits and struck out six batters in his five-inning complete game win.
Meanwhile, Noah Good crushed a shot to deep right centerfield in the second inning for an inside-the-park home run. He finished 2 for 4, crossed home plate three times, and had three RBIs to lead the Flyers.
St. Paul wasted no time taking control of the game with a five-run first inning. It took advantage of an error and three walks as well, as a Gavin Starcher triple on a shot he launched to deep centerfield.
“It wasn’t just how we hit the ball today though,” Carper said. “I thought we did a great job on the bases and made good decisions for the most part in that area. Defensively we did well also. Scotty was great the entire game and that was we hoped for.
“We told him on Saturday that he would be pitching today, and we needed him to be ready — and he was,” he added. “All in all, I was very pleased with the entire effort of the team.”
St. Paul was aided by seven Eagle errors and scored on 11 unearned runs in the game. In addition to the fielding woes, Monroeville walked nine batters as the pitchers struggled to get their footing.
Brandon Furlong and Adelman each added two hits, while Jake Griffin doubled and drove in two runs, while Spencer Myers also doubled and had three RBIs. Kaden Maxwell also singled and had an RBI.
Offensively, Monroeville was led by Layne Zehnder, who went 2 for 2 and scored a run, while Noah Smith doubled and drove in two.
Mason Hiser started for Monroeville. He went just over three innings and allowed 10 runs (six unearned), seven hits, walked seven, and struck out one. He was relieved by Mason Tonelli who went 1 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs (five unearned) five hits, struck out one and walked two.
“The guys are getting better, and they are giving me everything that they have, nobody is quitting here,” Monroeville coach David Key said. “Really, we pretty much had to start over from scratch here. We’re just making too many mistakes to win these games. We are improving and we have to keep making progress."
Up next for St. Paul is a pair of FC games against New London. The Flyers will face the Wildcats on the road Thursday, then host the ‘Cats on Friday. The Flyers are attempting to win a third straight FC title.
Monroeville entertains Gibsonburg on Saturday back at Clark Park.
St. Paul 532 08 — 18 12 0
Monroeville 020 00 — 2 3 7
WP: Adelman; LP: Hiser
2B: (SP) Griffin, Myers; (M) Smith; 3B: (SP) Starcher; HR: (SP) Good