Another game, another early deficit for the Hickman baseball team to overcome.
The combination of nerves and excitement from playing in a Major League Baseball stadium didn't help either.
But, just as they did in their previous two games, the Kewpies' bats got going and put the game out of reach for 10-8 victory over Windsor.
Senior third baseman Aaron Tajnai's two-RBI hit in the third inning gave Hickman a 3-2 lead after the team fell behind by two runs in the first, and senior first baseman Jonathan Jones' triple in the fourth inning plated two more and increased the advantage to 5-2.
The Kewpies kept piling on, and though the Owls scored six in the sixth inning to narrow the deficit, junior pitcher Daniel Foley helped put the game away to give Hickman its 12th win.
Coach Dan Devine Jr. said the experience of playing at Busch Stadium, which the team earned by selling a set number of tickets for the St. Louis Cardinals' June 1 game against the San Francisco Giants, was an especially memorable experience.
"All day long, you know, you could just see how big their eyes were and how cool that it was for, you know, them to step out on the same field (as the Cardinals)," he said. "When you look at our field, and then you step out on that field and how well manicured it is and everything, it's just a very special feeling."
The Kewpies play a doubleheader on Saturday against Troy-Buchanan.