Schardt’s big game leads Saints to second straight win over Barons

COMPTON, CA- For the fourth time in the past seven days, the Arroyo Seco Saints took on the MLB Academy Barons, and for the third time, the Saints came out victorious.

Two days after defeating the Barons 18-1, the Saints won 9-3 on Tuesday, giving them 27 runs over their past two games.

Designated hitter Jakob Schardt (Cal State Fullerton) was at the center of it for the Saints offense on Tuesday with four extra-base hits (two doubles, two triples).

Schardt attributes the 27 runs over a two-game stretch to everyone on the team being invested.

“I think just everyone is bought into the same thing,” Schardt said. “If you buy in, it’s going to work out.”

Even though the Saints are only 12 games into the season, there’s little arguing that Schardt has been the most consistent offensive player thus far.

Saints manager Aaron Milam had high praise for Schardt.

Milam believes that most players who come across as nonchalant, like Schardt, have average results.

“I think it’s the opposite [for Schardt],” Milam said. “He’s able to compartmentalize failure pretty well and move on, and because of that, there’s gonna be a lot more success.”

The Saints picked up where they left off and got to Barons’ starter Dante Zamudio (UC Irvine) early, taking a 1-0 lead after two hitters. Schardt opened the game with a triple to right center and came across to score on a broken-bat groundout from catcher Nick Lazzara (Trinity).

Arroyo Seco wasn’t done yet, as right fielder Ray Bermudez (Polk State) doubled and later scored on a single from left fielder Joey Donnelly (UC Berkley) to give it a 2-0 lead.

Working with a lead, Saints starter Trajan Lee (Trinity) kept the Barons off the board in the bottom of the first.

Lee could not do so in the bottom of the second as the Barons added a run on a double from third baseman Collin Taylor (Los Angeles Valley College).

Schardt led off the top of the third with his second triple of the game but could not score after Zamudio struck out three straight.

The Saints’ inability to capitalize would come back to bite them as the Barons leveled the score at two on a single from first baseman Dylan Kordic (Cal Poly SLO).

After a scoreless fourth inning for both teams, the Saints jumped back ahead on a groundout from Lazzara.

Saints relief pitcher Andrew Wright (Cal State Fullerton) kept the lead intact with a scoreless bottom of the fifth.

Arroyo Seco added two more in the sixth after a single from third baseman Josh Livingston (Wichita State) and a sacrifice fly from first baseman Ryan Scott (Incarnate Word).

The Barons got one run back on a solo homer from catcher Adam Arroyo to make it 5-3. Outside of giving up the home run, Wright was dominant on the mound with six strikeouts in three innings.

The game remained 5-3 until the eighth inning when the Saints added four insurance runs. Barons pitcher Adrian Blanchet walked the first four hitters he faced, scoring one of the runs. Crew McChesney (BYU) hit a sacrifice fly to add one more run before Schardt hit a two-run double to put the game out of reach.

With the win, the Saints improve to 8-4 and will return home to Pasadena to take on the Santa Barbara Foresters on Wednesday.


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  • Saints photographer Jordan Teller 





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