In a tale of two games within one game, St. Peter Legion baseball team rallied from trailing 5-0 after one inning to defeating Le Sueur-Henderson 9-5 on Thursday at Veterans Field.

The Saints scored one run in the third, three in the fourth and five in the fifth to open their season with a victory.

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St. Peter second baseman Vinny Guappone drops the relay from shortstop Josh Robb as Le Sueur-Henderson's David Gupton slides in safely to second. (Pat Beck/southernminn.com)

LS-H (2-2) batted around the order in the first inning. David Gupton led off with a walk, Ethan Hathaway reached on an error, and Charlie Weick doubled in David Gupton. Hathaway scored on an error, Sam Gupton singled in Weick, and Ben Miller delivered a hit-and run single to put runners on first and third. Then on a double steal, Miller stole second and Sam Gupton stole home after the throw to second. Brogan McMillen then doubled in Miller.

St. Peter scored one run in the third to cut the lead to 5-1. Ashton Volk walked, stole second, went to third on an error, and scored on a balk.

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David Gupton of Le Sueur-Henderson dives back safely to first base, beating the tag of St. Peter first baseman Bennett Olson on a pick-off play from catcher Sam Moelter. (Pat Beck/southernminn.com)

St. Peter cut the lead to 5-4 on three runs on three hits in the fourth with two outs. Bennett Olson walked, went to second and third on baulks and scored on a double to right center by Isaiah Jacobson. Riley Throldahl reached on an infield hit. Then on a double steal, Throldahl stole second, Jacobson stole home, and Throldahl went to third on a bad throw to second. Sam Moelter then singled in Throldahl.

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St. Peter's Sam Moelter breaks out of the box after hitting an RBI single to right against Le Sueur-Henderson. Catching is --. (Pat Beck/southernminn.com)

The Saints kept on hitting the fifth inning with five runs on five hits. Volk led off with a single to center. Vinny Guappone beat out a bunt single, and the runners moved up to second and third on the throw to first, and Volk scored on and error.  Guappone went to third on a wild pitch. Josh Robb walked and never stopped running and stole second. Theo Giedd hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Guappone. Jake Moelter singled to left to advance Robb to third, and he scored on a single to left by Olson. A double steal by Moelter and Robb put runners on second and third, and Kaiden Guida singled to right to drive on Moelter and Robb.

The Saints had nine hits, led by Guappone who went 2-for-4 with a run scored. 

Seven other St. Peter players had one hit. Volk went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Jake Moelter finished 1-for-2 with a hit by pitch and a run. Olson batted 1-for-1 with a walk, hit by pitch, RBI and run. Jacobson went 1-for-2 with a double, RBI and run. Throldahl hit 1-for-3 with a run. Sam Moelter finished 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Volk pitched the first four innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits, one walk and four strikeouts.

Giedd picked up the win in three innings of relief. He didn't allow a run while striking out six and allowing one hit and no walks.

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Le Sueur-Henderson's Ethan Hathaway scores as St. Peter catcher Sam Moelter awaits the throw from third baseman Jake Moelter. Pitcher Ashton Volk backs up the play. (Pat Beck/southenminn.com)

Five LS-H players had a hit each. David Gupton went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run. Weick batted 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Sam Gupton went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Ben Miller batted 1-for-3 with a run. McMillen finished 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Charlie Weick started on the mound for LS-H. He lasted four innings, allowing seven earned runs on five hits, four walks and two strikeouts to suffer the loss.

Tanner Tellijohn pitched the last two innings for LS-H. He gave up two earned runs on four hits, no walks and one strikeout.

St. Peter hosts Sleepy Eye at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 14, then plays in the Sioux Falls Tournament Friday and Saturday and returns home at 6 p.m. Monday, June 21 against New Ulm Gold.

LS-H hosts Norwood-Young America at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, travels to Arlington at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17 to play Sibley East and to Waterville for two, five-inning games at 6 p.m. Monday, June 21. LS-H returns home at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22 against Tri-City United.

Reach Sports Editor Pat Beck at 931-8566 or follow him on Twitter.com @SPHSportsPat. ©Copyright 2021 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

St. Peter Herald Sports Editor covers St. Peter, Cleveland, Le Center, Le Sueur-Henderson and Tri-City United and Gustavus Adolphus College. Fishing, tennis and golf enthusiast

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