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AUSTIN EDITION - Saints bunt their way past Rebels

ADAMS -- Chris Ask's squeeze bunt with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the ninth inning gave St. Charles a 6-5 baseball win over Southland on Thursday.

Ask, who had two hits, also got the win on the mound. Paul McKay had three hits for St. Charles while Tommy Hagen, Mike Ganrude and Matt Kohn had two each. Hagen drove in two runs and Kohn one.

A walk and singles by Hagen and McKay in the ninth set up Ask's winning bunt.

Steve Snyder was 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs for Southland (5-13, 5-12 Three Rivers). His dramatic solo homer in the bottom of the seventh tied the score 5-5.

"It shouldn't have come down to that," Southland coach Larry Luke said. "We had an error with two outs in the seventh inning to let two runs in."

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St. Charles rallied from a 4-1 deficit by scoring four times in the seventh inning off Greg Retterath. Retterath pitched the first eight innings. Zach Stratton worked the ninth and suffered the loss.

Ask pitched the first 81⁄3; innings. Kohn came on to get the final two outs of the ninth inning for the save.

Retterath and Stratton had two hits each for Southland and Scott Hanson hit a double.

The game was the last one of the regular season for the Rebels. Southland was supposed to play a home game today against LeRoy-Ostrander but the Cardinals have a conference makeup game instead.

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