St. Paul baseball scoring less runs in 2022, but they’re also giving up a lot less

The St. Paul baseball team went 22-3 in 2021 and was the Class S state runner-up.

In the first 13 games of the 2021 season, the Falcons scored 191 runs and gave up 57 for averages of 14.7 and 4.4 runs per contest. St. Paul was 12-1 over that stretch with a 5-3 home loss to Woodland as its only blemish.

The Falcons are 13-0 through their first 13 games of 2022, and they are once again dominating the competition. This time around, however, St. Paul is scoring less runs. They are also giving up a lot less runs.

Through the first 13 games of the 2022 season, the Falcons have scored 153 runs, 38 less than at the same point in 2021. St. Paul has allowed only 20 runs, or 37 less than at the same point a year ago. Those numbers lead to averages of 11.8 and 1.5 runs per contest.

The Falcon pitching staff has yet to allow more than five runs in a game in 2022. St. Paul allowed that amount in a 15-5, six-inning victory at Oxford on April 13. Just one opponent since Oxford – Wolcott on April 18 – has scored three runs. Over the next seven games, the Falcons allowed two runs or less.

St. Paul added Cheshire Academy transfer Joey Tonnotti to its pitching staff, and the sophomore right-hander has made a big difference. Tonnotti has struck out 27 batters in his last 13 innings of work in victories over Watertown and Wolcott. The Falcons also added junior right-hander Tyler Kiluk, who was at Sacred Heart before the school shut down at the end of the 2020-2021 calendar year.

The pitching rotation features one senior, left-hander Brendan Foley. Junior Jamie Leggett has seen time on the mound, as have sophomore Chase Mendela, sophomore Ty Davis and freshman Logan Rembish. The pitching records are as follows: Tonnotti 5-0; Foley 4-0; Kiluk 2-0; Davis 1-0; Mendela 1-0.

PHOTO CAPTION: Senior Brendan Foley is part of a dominant St. Paul pitching staff. (Copyright, Sports on CT-69, file)