Josh Street came through in the clutch Friday for Francis Howell.
Street hit a key triple in the seventh and pitched the last two innings in relief to pick up the win for Francis Howell in a 5-4 decision over Rock Bridge.
“He’s just excited that we were going to win and he was going to be the man to do that,” Francis Howell coach Tony Perkins said. “He came out and got a triple and we got a run there and he threw pretty well too.”
With the game tied at four in the top of the seventh, Street smacked a triple into the right-centerfield gap.
Bruin pitcher Scott Reller walked the next three hitters, which enabled Street to score.
“He can flat out hit,” Perkins said. “He’s got the arm and he always hits like that.”
Street, who started out at shortstop for the Vikings, struck out four and only threw two balls against the six batters he faced.
“He threw probably a little harder than the other guys,” Rock Bridge coach Terry Whitney said.
Perkins said that Street has been a three-year starter and he was a Second Team All-State selection last year.
“He closes up for me,” Perkins said. “He was pretty good today. He was throwing everything for strikes and it was good to see him do that. He was getting ahead of hitters and his off-speed was there too.”
Sophomore Erik Darko started the game on the mound for the Bruins (9-10). Darko gave up four runs, two of which were unearned.
“I really think that this year we’ve gotten really good starting pitching,” Whitney said. “That’s what kept us in the game.”
Reller (4-3) drew the loss.
“We’re competing, we’re in these games, and now we’re hitting the ball a little better,” Whitney said. “Overall, I think that our play has been better. I like the way we’re playing. As long as they are competing and playing hard, that’s all I can ask for.”
Francis Howell (14-6) played Hickman and Rock Bridge on consecutive days. The Vikings lost 8-2 to the Kewpies Thursday.