Eric Pelant’s plans for the weekend sound appropriate.
“Relaxing,” he said. “In the air-conditioning.”
It’s solid advice for anyone on the St. Cloud Cathedral baseball team who ventures to the pitching mound.
Friday, anyone on the hill wearing Crusader gold and gray was subject to a house of horrors.
First, Jeff Fasching ventured to the mound. Four batters later, he was gone.
Three walks and a hit batter ended his pitching day, though he made some nice plays in right field.
“He (Fasching) needs to stay positive,” Cathedral senior first baseman Michael Kerber said. “We have all the confidence in the world in him out there.”
“Fasch, he’s fine,” Pelant said. “He just couldn’t find the strike zone.”
Said Waylon Bemboom: “He’s a tough kid.”
Next came Brian Minks. He had four relatively unadventurous innings.
Coach Bob Karn lifted him because he thought Minks was tired.
Left with few options, Karn changed his mind in the ninth, when Minks came back and did just enough to secure a 9-8 win over Proctor in the state Class 2A semifinals at Dick Putz Field.
In between came senior right-hander Michael Ellingson, who went 21/3 innings, and Pelant, the senior left-hander who tossed a four-hit shutout Thursday in a 5-0 win over Delano.
“I was ready,” said Pelant, who came on in the seventh and also survived the eighth. “I threw only 78 pitches (against Delano) and my arm’s pretty healthy.”
All of the aforementioned could be called upon at 3 p.m. Monday at Target Field, when the Crusaders play Holy Family Catholic for the state Class 2A championship.
At this point, Pelant’s the best bet to start.
Like his teammates, he was enjoying the moment Friday in a game the Crusaders just as easily could have lost.
“It was an unbelievable, back-and-forth game,” said Pelant, who is headed to St. John’s University to play football. “We came from behind to win and now we’re going back to Target Field and defend our championship.
Believe it, Eric. And ice that arm.
The Crusaders probably are going to need you.