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Hampshire's Schramm shuts out St. Edward

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By Brian Schaumburg
Daily Herald Correspondent

Trey Schramm made just his second appearance on the mound Saturday.

The Hampshire baseball team has needed the junior at his normal shortstop position.

Schramm did not allow a run and struck out seven in 6 innings as the Whip-Purs beat St. Edward, 4-0, in Hampshire.

"It's better for the team because I'm the primary shortstop and the guy who normally backs me up is hurt," Schramm said. "It's nice to get out there."

Schramm (1-1) gave up just 3 hits, 2 coming off the bat of St. Edward's Tighe Koehring, and walked two. He needed to work out of trouble just once.

The Green Wave (2-9-1) got the first two batters on in the top of the first. Michael Castoro walked and Jake Lafrenz singled to left. But Schramm got a fly out and two groundouts to get out of the inning.

"We're very thin right now with a couple injuries so (Schramm) hasn't been able to get on the mound as much as he probably should," Hampshire coach John Sarna said. "We're trying to win ballgames as much as anything so we need someone to pick up the ball."

The Whip-Purs (3-9) took advantage of St. Edward starter Scott Palmer's wildness in the second inning. After starting the inning with a strikeout, Palmer (0-4) walked three consecutive batters. Nick Mohlman and Jayson Fleisner drove in runs to give Hampshire a 2-0 lead.

Hampshire added a pair of runs in the sixth on Michael Merchut's 2-run single with the bases loaded.

Merchut, Mohlman and Fleisner each had 2 hits for the Whip-Purs.

While the Whip-Purs got the clutch hit in the second and sixth innings, the Green Wave did not. And that has been an issue all season.

"We're waiting for one key hit," St. Edward coach Tim Dovichi said. "One key hit in the first could have changed the atmosphere of the whole game. Offense is a part where we shouldn't be struggling, but we are."

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