GREENVILLE – Brett Brooks had two hits and four runs batted in as St. Elizabeth took an 8-1 victory in nonconference baseball on April 26. Brooks drove in a pair of runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings, when the Vikings did all their damage.
Tatnall got on the board with a single run in the first, and Hornets starting pitcher Oliver Campbell made that stand up for most of the fast-paced game. Campbell worked out of a bit of trouble in the fourth, when David Hazelton started the inning with a long double to the fence in left-center. Hazelton reached third with one out, but St. Elizabeth could not score.
The Vikings loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but Campbell induced Nate Moyer to ground sharply to shortstop Jack Sheehy, who stepped on second for the second out of the inning, then fired to first to complete the double play.
Campbell’s fortune ran dry in the sixth. Once again, Hazelton blasted a double to open the inning. Joe Anderson followed with a single, putting runners at the corners. Christian Strickland brought Hazelton home with a sacrifice fly to tie the score. Courtesy runner James Ramsey, who had stolen second, scored on a Hayden Trimarco single to right field. Trimarco advanced to second on an error, and a Casey Rock single left men at first and third. Rock promptly stole second, and he followed pinch runner Vincent Fahey home on Brooks’ knock to right.
St. Elizabeth would add another four in the seventh, with Brooks again driving home a pair.
Anderson, meanwhile, was stellar on the mound for the Vikings, who have won five straight. He surrendered just the one run and was only challenged once in his final four innings. That came in the third, when he walked Daniel Murphy with one out. Murphy stole second but was thrown out at home trying to score on a Campbell single to end the frame.
Nate Thomas pitched the final two innings to preserve the win for Anderson, who improved to 2-0.
The Vikings (6-3) are back in action tomorrow at Newark at 3:45 p.m. Tatnall, which fell to 3-6, will stay home to play Wilmington Christian on Saturday at 1 p.m.