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ST. PETER - On Sunday the Searles Bullheads defeated the Waconia Islanders by a score of 7-6 to win the Class AA consolation championship of the MN Senior Men's Amateur Baseball 35-and-over state tournament. Waconia took a 3-0 lead in the top of first on walk, an error, and two hits, and then added single runs in the 3rd and 4th innings off of Bullheads pitcher Brant Drill.  

However, Drill's teammates gave him the offensive support he needed. Troy Kamm led off with a walk in the first inning, stole second, and eventually scored on a fielder's choice by Corey Schaefer. In the third inning Tom Glaser and Cory Haala singled and scored on John Giefer's sac fly and Schaefer's RBI base hit to make the score 4-3 in favor of Waconia. 

Then in the bottom of the fourth the Bullheads erupted for four runs. Brian Sieve walked and scored the first run after singles by Pat Portner and Glaser. After Kamm was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs, Giefer lined a pitch down the left field line just out of reach of the diving left fielder for a bases clearing double to give Searles a 7-5 lead. Giefer, Schaefer, and Glaser had two hits each with no Bullheads strikeouts. 

Cory Haala pitched the final three innings in relief of Drill, giving up one more run to Waconia in the 5th to make the final score 7-6. Drill got the win to give him a 3-1 season record. The Bullheads pitchers had three strikeouts, two walks, and one hit batter. 

On Saturday the Bullheads defeated the Prior Lake Mariners in Jordan by a score of 4-1 to set the stage for the consolation championship. Scott Rummel continued his superb pitching for Searles by giving up one run in the first and then shutting the door on Prior Lake. Rummel gave up just four Mariner hits, while striking out two, with no walks, and one hit batter in going the distance to improve his pitching record to 6-0. 

The Searles bats pounded out ten hits, scoring single runs in the third and fourth and then adding two more runs in the sixth. In the third, Cory Haala singled and  scored on Corey Schaefer's RBI single. In the fourth Brian Sieve led off with a double and scored two outs later on Troy Kamm's RBI double. 

In the sixth inning, Sieve walked and Kurt Thorson followed with a single. A sacrifice bunt by Matt Kuster put runners on second and third. Kamm was intentionally walked to load the bases. The Mariners pitcher then threw a wild pitch to score one run. The catcher's throw went wide at the plate and a second insurance run crossed the plate to make the final score 4-1. Haala, Chris Peters, and Sieve had two hits each for the Bullheads. 

With a 3-1 tournament record the Searles Bullheads ended their season with a 14-6 overall record. The Bullheads thank the Searles Baseball Association and all the fans for their support this past season.



ST. PETER - In the opening weekend of the Minnesota Senior Men's Amateur Baseball Association 35-and-over state tournament, the Searles Bullheads came back with a 1-1 record. On Saturday the #9 seeded Bullheads played the #8 seeded Northfield Millers and won 15-5 in six innings to advance to the Class AA division. Searles pounded out 12 hits in the game and were helped along with eleven walks given up by three Northfield pitchers. 
The Bullheads scored two runs in each of the first two innings, five in both the fourth and fifth to take a 14-5, and then invoked the ten-run rule with one in the 6th. Getting multiple hits were Troy Kamm 3-for-4, Chris Peters 2-for-4, and Scott Rummel 2-for-3.
Rummel was the winning pitcher, giving up five runs on five hits, striking out five, and walking five, with one hit batter. Northfield got one run in the first inning and four in the fourth. During the regular season Northfield had defeated Searles by a score of 2-0. Kamm made the play of the game by throwing a one-bounce strike to home plate to cut down a Miller runner attempting to score on a fly ball to medium deep center field in the first inning. The tag was applied by Peters.
BELLE PLAINE - On Sunday the Searles Bullheads did not fare as well as they were shut out by the #1 seeded Burnsville Bulldogs 2-0.
Searles managed only three hits off of Northfield's Josh Loewen. Brian Sieve had an infield hit off Loewen's foot in the fifth, John Giefer singled in the hole between third and short in the sixth, and Chris Peters lined a single to left in the seventh.
Meanwhile, Cory Haala pitched well for the Bullheads, giving up just two runs on five Bulldogs hits. Burnsville scored their two runs in the second inning on a walk, a single, two stolen bases, a sac fly and another single. Haala pitched the entire game, recording two strike outs, two walks, and two hit batters. Loewen helped his own cause by not only getting two of Northfield's hits, but also by grabbing two line drives off the bats of Bullhead hitters.
Searles continues its state tournament play this upcoming weekend with two more games. On Saturday they play the Prior Lake Mariners at 2:30 PM at the Jordan Mini-Met in a Class AA consolation semi-final game. It should be an interesting game as these two teams met in last year's Class AA championship game, with Prior Lake winning 8-3. 


The Searles Bullheads over-35 baseball team ended their regular season with an exciting 4-3 win over the Le Center Braves last Friday. Todd Hulke delivered the walk-off game winning hit in the bottom of the 7th to give the Bullheads an 11-5 regular season record. It was the Bullheads 4th win in six one-run games this season.
Searles was behind 3-2 going into the final inning. With one out Corey Schaefer, hit a ball down the left field line that was off the left fielder's glove for a double. John Giefer then came in as a pinch hitter and smashed a drive to right field that got hung up in the vines for a ground rule double with Schaefer scoring the tying run. After a fly out to left field, Hulke delivered a single to right field to score Scott Rummel, who was a courtesy runner for Giefer. 

Troy Kamm wasted no time in getting the Bullheads on the scoreboard. He hit a homerun over the right field vines in the bottom of the first inning on the first pitch of the game. Records show that Kamm's homerun surpassed Brian Dozier's homerun record. Dozier has hit two first inning homeruns with a 0-0 count, but each time with one out. Searles scored their second run in the fourth on a walk to Craig Schmitz, a single by Brian Sieve, and an RBI double by Schaefer to score Schmitz.  

Meanwhile, Cory Haala pitched the entire game for the Bullheads, scattering ten hits while striking out 14 Le Center batters. Haala struck out the side in the second, fourth, and fifth innings. The Braves scored single runs in the second and fourth innings. Then in the top of the seventh, Le Center loaded the bases with two singles, and a hit batter with one out. The next batter grounded out to first with a run scoring to give Le Center a 3-2 lead. Haala struck out the next batter to set up the Bullheads comeback and Hulke's game winning hit in the bottom of the seventh. 

The Searles Bullheads are playing in the Minnesota Senior Men's Amateur Baseball Association 35-and-over state tournament beginning this Saturday. The Bullheads, seeded #9 among the top 16 Class AA/A, teams will play Northfield, seeded #8, at 7:30 PM at St. Peter. During the regular season, Northfield defeated Searles by a score of 2-0. If Searles wins their first game they play again on Sunday at 1:30 PM in Belle Plaine. A loss on Saturday means Searles will play at 11:00 AM on Sunday in Waconia. 



The Searles Bullheads 35-and-over team will be playing the Le Center Braves this Friday evening in their final regular season game of the year. The rescheduled make-up game will be played at the Searles ballpark beginning at 8:00 PM. This will be the last opportunity for area fans to support the Bullheads before state tournament play begins. Searles currently has a 10-5 record. 
The state tournament for the Minnesota Senior Men's Amateur Baseball Association will be played the weekends of August 22-23 and 29-30. Seeding for the tourney is expected by next Monday. The top 16 seeded teams meet in the first round of games with the eight winners advancing to Class AA and the losers to Class A. The remaining 16 plus teams are seeded for the Class B and C divisions. The Searles Bullheads have made it to the Class AA championship game in eight of their 10 years of play, winning four of those championship games. Full details on all of the MN 35-and over league teams and divisions, as well as tournament seeding and results, can be found on the
www.msmaba.com website.
BELLE PLAINE - On Sunday the Bullheads were devoured by the Belle Plaine Gray Tigers. Belle Plaine won by a score of 17-1 in a five-inning contest. This was the first time all season that the Bullheads gave up more than six runs to the opponent.
Belle Plaine scored four runs in the first, nine in the second, and four more in the third inning. Craig Schmitz, Pat Portner, and Corey Schaefer pitched for the Bullheads, giving up 13 hits, including four doubles, along with seven walks, two hit batters, and striking out one Gray Tiger.
Meanwhile the Searles bats were held to just four hits. Tom Glaser singled in the first inning and doubled in the third. The Bullheads avoided the shut out by scoring one run in the fourth inning. John Giefer hit sharp single down the third base line to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a ground out. Giefer then scored on Pat Portner's double to the left-center field fence.


EDEN PRAIRIE - The over-35 Searles Bullheads team grabbed two more victories over the weekend to improve their record  to 10-4 on the season, to put them in second place in the 13-team Rawlings Division of the River Valley League. 
On Saturday the Bullheads took on the Eden Prairie Lion's Tap and came back with a 14-2, five inning 10-run rule shortened win. Searles scored one run in the first, four in the second, and then erupted for nine runs in the third to take a 14-1 lead. Eden Prairie scored a single run in the first and fifth innings, for their two runs. 

Of the 15 hits by Searles, Pat Portner was 2-for-3, Corey Schaefer 2-for-4, Chris Peters 2-for-4, Scott Rummel 3-for 4, and Brian Griebel 2 for 4. Craig Schmitz and Tom Glaser each hit a double, as did Peters. 

Scott Rummel picked up his fourth win of the season without a loss, pitching the first three innings. Rummel gave up two hits, struck out three and walked one batter. Chris Peters pitched the final two innings, giving up four Eden Prairie hits, walked one and struck out two. 

EDINA - The Bullheads continued their timely hitting and good pitching on Sunday with their third straight 10-run rule shortened game in a row with a 13-2 win over the Edina Grays in six innings. In that game the spotlight was turned on Brant Drill as he not only provided great pitching but also helped his own cause with superb hitting. 

Drill pitched the four-hitter against Edina, giving up two unearned runs in the fourth inning. For the game, Drill had three strikeouts and gave up two walks, in going the distance to record his second win of the season, along with one loss. 

Brant Drill came to the plate with two outs on three consecutive at bats and delivered singles each time, driving in a total of five runs for the game. The Bullheads scored three runs in the first and added two more in the third on Drill's first of three hits to hold a slim 5-2 lead after four innings. Searles added three more runs in the 5th and then scored five more in the 6th to invoke the 10-run rule. Also getting three hits apiece were Chris Peters and Tom Glaser, with both getting two RBI's



SEARLES - The Searles Bullheads over-35 team upped their season record to 8-4 with a pair of wins this past weekend. On Friday night the Bullheads defeated the St. Peter Saints by a score of 5-2. Pat Portner, in his rookie season with the Bullheads, was given his first start on the mound. Portner struggled in the first inning. After a strike out, he walked five straight batters to give St. Peter their two runs. However, manager Brian Sieve stayed with him, and Portner shut the door on St. Peter the rest of the game, giving up just two hits in the seven innings. Portner had four strike outs to go with his seven walks in recording his first win of the season.
Meanwhile, Searles kept the pressure on the Saints by scoring single runs in each inning, except the third. In the first, Troy Kamm doubled and scored on an infield out. In the second, Cory Haala walked, stole second, and after Matt Kuster's single, scored on Al Felber's sac fly. In the fourth Haala reached base on a fielder's choice and eventually scored again after a single by Kuster, a walk, and a ground ball to short. 
Then in the 5th Craig Schmitz hit a double and scored on Corey Schaefer's single. Portner, who singled to lead off the sixth, scored the final run on a bases loaded walk. Getting two hits each were Schmitz, Schaefer, and Kuster.
NEW HOPE - On Sunday, Searles traveled to New Hope to take on the Bandits. As it turned out the Bullheads took the game from the Bandits by winning 16-0 in six innings. 
Searles scored one run in the first and third innings, three in the fourth, and two more in the fifth for a 7-0 lead. Then in the top of the sixth, the Bullheads exploded for nine runs and held off New Hope to take the 10-run rule shortened game. Getting multiple hits were Troy Kamm 4 for 6, including a double, Craig Schmitz 2 for 4, John Giefer 6 for 6 with 4 RBI's, Corey Schaefer 2 for 3, and Brant Drill 2 for 3. Scott Rummel had one hit to go with his four RBI's.
Scott Rummel improved his season record to 3-0 in pitching the shut out. Rummel gave up just three hits to New Hope. He struck out four, walked two, and hit two batters. New Hope had runners on third base in the 2nd and 4th innings but were unable to score.


WELCOME - On Saturday the Searles Bullheads over-35 team traveled to Welcome to take on the Southwest Outlaws. Searles opened the scoring in the third inning on some good base running. Craig Schmitz opened the inning with a double. One out later Corey Schaefer drew a base on balls. Then on a double steal Schmitz scored. Welcome tied the score at 1-1 in the 4th. 
Pat Portner led off the 5th for Searles with a hit. After a sacrifice bunt by Schmitz, John Giefer delivered a RBI single for one run. After two walks, Scott Rummel drove in the second run of the inning for a 3-1 lead. The Bullheads added an insurance run in the 7th on a walk to Schaefer, who advanced to second on a ground out and scored on Brian Griebel's base hit.
Scott Rummel was cruising along as the Bullhead's pitcher until the bottom of the 7th. The Outlaws got two singles, an out, and then a ground rule double to score one run and putting runners in scoring position. The next Welcome batter lined out to short for the second out. Rummel was one strike away from a victory when Jesse Teerink doubled to left center to tie the score at 4-4. 
Craig Schmitz relieved Rummel in the 8th and pitched into the 10th inning. With one out, the Southwest Outlaws got a single and stolen base. After out number two, Welcome got the game winning single they needed to win 5-4.
JORDAN - Sunday afternoon the Bullheads rebounded from their extra inning loss the day before, with a 6-2 win over the Jordan Alers at the Mini-Met. Jordan took a first inning lead by scoring two unearned runs. After that inning Cory Haala shut the door on the Alers, giving up just four hits in 7 innings. Except for a lead off walk in the 7th, Haala faced the minimum number of batters in the 4th-7th innings. Haala recorded 6 strike outs in picking up his first win of season to go with his one save and one loss.
Meanwhile the Bullheads' bats started heating up in the 5th inning with four runs scoring. The Bullheads loaded the bases on an error and two bunts. John Giefer then hit a 2-RBI double to right center. Corey Schafer followed with an RBI single to score Giefer. After an out, Brian Sieve drove in the 4th run of the inning with a sacrifice fly ball.
Searles added two more runs in the 7th. Pat Portner led off with a single, with Schmitz and Giefer getting walks. Schaefer hit an RBI single for one run and then Matt Kuster completed the scoring by hitting a sac fly ball.


SEARLES - Myron Fluegge, playing at age 70 for the over-35 Searles Bullheads, delivered the walk-off game-winning hit Sunday afternoon in a 6-5 win over the visiting Prior Lake Pacers. With the score tied at 5-5 going into the bottom of 7th inning, Scott Rummel, John Giefer, and Todd Hulke all singled to load the bases with one out. Fluegge swung at the first pitch and lined a single just to the left of the third baseman to drive in the winning run.
The Bullheads, who had scored one run in the first and two more in the second, then tied the game in the 5th inning at 5-5.  In the fifth, Brian Sieve hit a double to the left field gap. Then with two outs, John Giefer lofted a two-run homerun over the right field vines to tie the score. Searles had eight hits for the game, including two each by Giefer and Troy Kamm.
Meanwhile, the Prior Lake Pacers scored one in the first, two in the second, and single runs in the third and fifth innings. Their final run in the fifth was a solo home run by Hamilton to right-center field.
Searles used three pitchers. Brant Drill pitched the first two innings, Scott Rummel the next four, with Craig Schmitz pitching the 7th and getting the win in relief. The Bullheads pitchers gave up zero walks while striking out three Prior Lake batters. Prior Lake had nine hits in the game.


SEARLES - The Searles Bullheads over 35 team improved their season record to 4-3 this past weekend. Coincidentally, both wins in Searles were by a score of 4-3.

On Friday evening, after a 45 minute rain delay, both teams jumped out of the gates by scoring runs. The visiting Waconia Islanders took an early 2-0 in the top of the first inning on a walk and a two-run homerun over the left field fence by Randy Razidlo.
The Bullheads came right back with four runs of their own on five hits. Troy Kamm walked and stole second base, followed by consecutive RBI doubles by John Giefer and Corey Schaefer. Matt Kuster got his first of two hits and Cory Haala was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brian Griebel then delivered a clutch single to drive in two more runs and make the score 4-2. Brant Drill also singled but Haala was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
Drill, pitching for the Bullheads, gave up one hit to Waconia in the 4th, but that runner was erased by catcher Pat Portner on an attempted steal of second base. Then in the Islanders top half of the 7th they made one last effort on a comeback. They loaded the bases on walk, a throwing error, and a single. After a strikeout, Waconia scored a run on base on balls to make the score 4-3. 
The next batter popped up to short for the second out. Drill unleashed a wild pitch, but Portner got a favorable bounce off the backstop, tossed to Drill, who applied the tag on the runner for the final out of the game. Drill got the complete game victory, giving up just three hits, while striking out four and walking four. The Bullheads completed two double plays behind him.
On Sunday afternoon, Searles came up with another 4-3 win, this time over Bloomington Crosstown Traffic. The Bullheads scored one run on an error, a sacrifice bunt, and a two-out double by Brian Griebel that sailed over the left fielder's head. Searles then took a 3-0 lead with a walk to Chris Holm, a Troy Kamm ground-rule double high off the vines in right, and a two-RBI single by Pat Portner.
Bloomington tied the score at 3-3 by scoring one run in the 5th and adding two more in the sixth off of Searles pitcher Scott Rummel. Myron Fluegge led off the bottom of the fifth for the Bullheads with a hit, but was left stranded on second base.
Then in the last half of the sixth, Corey Schaefer reached first on an error and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Rummel. With two outs Mitch Lewis delivered the eventual game winning hit to score Schaefer.
Bloomington threatened in the top of the 7th putting runners on first and second. Cory Haala, pitching in relief, got the second out on a grounder to first with the runners advancing. A high fly ball to the third baseman in foul territory ended the game. Rummel got the win for Searles, striking out three and walking three in six innings. Haala got the save, giving up one walk and one hit batter.



NORTHFIELD - The Searles Bullheads over-35 team came up on the short end of a pitcher's duel at Northfield losing to the Miller's by a score of 2-0. The Miller's Andy Hauskins gave up just four hits to the Bullheads in six innings of pitching. John Noack pitched the 7th inning and got the save.
Searles had two good scoring opportunities but couldn't quite push the runners across home plate. In their first inning, Craig Schmitz walked and then advanced to third base on a hit-and-run single by Corey Schaefer. Another hit-and-run was attempted, only this time a line drive was hit to the Northfield shortstop who doubled up Schaefer at first base.
In the third inning, Mitch Lewis doubled over the head of the left fielder. After the second out of the inning, Schmitz hit a single to center but Lewis was thrown out at the plate on a good throw. Brian Sieve had the only other hit for Searles. The Miller pitchers walked five and struck out two.
Cory Haala was also doing a great job of pitching for Searles. Unfortunately for Haala, his two walks to lead-off hitter Noack ended up scoring in the 3rd and 5th innings for Northfield's only runs. Haala scattered four hits, striking out six, walking three, and hitting one batter. Both teams played errorless baseball and each team had one double play.
The Searles Bullheads (2-3) are at home for a game on Friday night, June 26, at 8 PM VS Waconia and also play in Searles on Sunday afternoon, June 28, at 2 PM when they host Bloomington. Both opponents are in the same 13-team Rawlings Division of the River Valley League as Searles, where only 3.5 games separates the teams after about one month of play.


SEARLES - The Searles Bullheads over-35 team won their home opener on Sunday by defeating the Loretto Sox 11-6. 
Loretto opened the scoring by pushing across two runs in the top of the first inning. The key play in stopping the Loretto rally was an assist from center fielder Troy Kamm on an 8-1-2 put out at home plate. The Sox were held scoreless through the next four innings by pitcher Scott Rummel. Loretto did add one run in the 6th and three more in the 7th. Rummel pitched the entire game, giving up 7 hits, and recording 7 strike outs, 3 base on balls, and two hit batters.
Meanwhile the Bullheads scored their 11 runs on 13 hits. Searles scored three runs of their own in the bottom half of the first. After hits by Kamm and Craig Schmitz, John Giefer delivered a single to get the first of his 3 RBI's. Hits by Chris Peters and Brian Sieve, plus Matt Kuster's sac fly, gave Searles the lead at 3-2. 
The Bullheads added two runs in the second, with Giefer hitting a ground-rule double that bounced over the right center field fence. Then in the 3rd inning the Bullheads scored five more runs on Rummel's second hit of the game, along with hits from Todd Hulke, Tom Glazer and a 2 RBI single by Corey Schaefer. Schmitz and Sieve each had two hits in the game.
With the win, Searles evened their record at 2-2. The June 19 game with LeCenter has been postponed because of a scheduling conflict with the Rookies tournament being held in Searles Friday evening and Saturday. The Bullheads next game is Sunday afternoon at 2:00 PM at the Northfield Millers.


The Searles Bullheads 35-and-over baseball team opened their 2015 regular season schedule by splitting their weekend games. On Friday night the Bullheads traveled to Le Sueur to play the Le Sueur-Henderson Legends. LSH won by a score of 4-3. Then on Sunday afternoon, Searles evened their record at 1-1 by defeating the Silver Bullets at Gaylord.  
LE SUEUR - The game with LSH was a scoreless contest through the first four innings. In the bottom of the 5th, LSH took a 2-0 lead on a hit, an error, and three walks. The Bullheads took the lead back in the top of the 6th by scoring three runs. Cory Haala started the inning by hitting a double, followed by Scott Rummel's single. After an out and a walk, Craig Schmidt drove in the first run with a ground out. The second run scored on an infield error before John Giefer pushed across the go-ahead run with a single.
The score held up until the bottom of the 7th inning, when the Legends ended up scoring the tying and winning runs on the 4th and 5th walks of the inning. The Legends were awarded 12 base on balls for the game and had five strike outs, all swinging.
Each team ended with three hits. Rummel pitched the first four scoreless innings for the Bullheads. Brant Drill, who took the loss, pitched the next two inning before being relieved in the 7th with two runners on base. Cory Haala pitched the final 2/3 inning.
GAYLORD - The Searles bats seemed to come alive in the Sunday game at Gaylord. The Bullheads scored 11 runs on 10 hits. Getting two hits apiece were Craig Schmitz and Cory Haala. Matt Kuster and Schmitz each had two RBI's. The Bullheads scored 1 run in the 1st, 2 in the 2nd, 6 in the 3rd, and added two more in the 5th.
Meanwhile Schmitz gave up 6 runs, with only one of them earned, in pitching the first 6 innings. Haala pitched the 7th. Together they gave up six hits, while striking out 10 Gaylord Silver Bullets batters. Searles turned four double plays in the 7-inning game.



The Searles Bullheads 35-and-over men's amateur baseball team has just announced their 2015 home schedule. Their first home game of the season will be Sunday afternoon, June 14th beginning at 2:00 PM VS the Loretto Sox. The game will be played at the Searles Ballpark. The complete home schedule follows below. 

This is the 11th season for the Bullheads. The Bullheads organized a team of players who were at least 35 years old back in 2005. For the first five seasons Hanska served as their home. Since 2010 the team has played their home games in Searles, but they retained the name Bullheads.   

In the ten previous seasons, the Bullheads have reached the championship game of the Class AA division eight times, winning the state championship four times. Class AA consists of the top 8 teams in the 28-32 team 35-and-over MN state tournament.

The 2013 and 2014 Bullheads teams were the first to reach the Class AA championship games without the likes of former Oakland A's and MN Twins pro baseball catcher and local New Ulm product, Terry Steinbach, along with his brothers Tom and Tim.  

The Searles Bullheads open their 2015 regular season with games on Friday, June 5, at 8:00 PM at LeSueur/Henderson, June 7th at 2:00 PM at Gaylord, and then June 12th at 8:15 PM at Minnetonka, before their home opener on June 14th.  

In an exhibition game on May 27th the Bullheads traveled to St. Peter and defeated the Saints in preparation for the regular season.

Area fans are encourage to come and support the Searles Bullheads. Scott Rummel is serving as the general manager this season and Brian Sieve continues as the field manager. See www.msmaba.com for further Bullheads team and league info. 

                                                 Searles Bullheads Home Schedule

Sunday, June 14th   2:00 PM  VS Loretto                 Sunday, June 28th   2:00 PM  VS Crosstown Traffic

Friday, June 19th     8:00 PM  VS LeCenter              Sunday, July 12th     5:00 PM  VS Prior Lake Pacers

Friday, June 26th     8:00 PM  VS Waconia               Friday, July 24th       8:00 PM  VS St. Peter Saints