Tri-County Cards hit rough patch

   The late game proved to be a reversal of fortune for the Cards.  Just as quickly as they found their hitting it left them as they only hit safely three times in the afternoon contest.
   The Sparkies beat up starting pitcher Premo as they lit up the scoreboard with eight first inning runs.  Premo was credited with the loss.
   Hallenberg, Robison, and Swanson each notched a hit a piece.  Swanson also drove in the teams only RBI.
   On June 13 the Cardinals hosted the Vaux Hall Spurs for a double-header.  The homeboys lost both games, 15-9, 11-10.
   Tri-County was able to find their hitting stroke once again, but was not able to get over the hump.
   Coach Tyson Anderson commented, “We hit the ball well both games, but they also hit it well and we made some key errors.”
   Bryce Watterud was handed the loss.  Jake Robison had a stellar day as he went 2-4 with two doubles and two runs batted in.  Swanson also went 2-4 with three RBIs.
   In the second game the Cards hung in there but lost by one.  Robison was the starting pitcher and took the loss.  Robison also went 2-3 and hit a 2-run long ball.  Riley Styren continued to find his hitting groove as he went 2-4 and drove in two RBIs
   Then on June 15 the team made their first trip of the year across the border to take on the Lethbridge Miners.  In the first game of the day the Cards got a much need W as they defeated the Miners 6-5.
   Tri-County really benefitted from getting their closer Orin Johnson back.  He had missed the first six games of the stretch as he was in Billings participating in an all-star football game.
   Rowe had a solid pitching effort and got the win, with Orin Johnson coming on in relief for the save.  
   On the hitting side, Philipps went 2-2 with a triple and an RBI.  Rowe helped out his own cause, going 2-3 with another RBI.
   In the second game the Cards came back to earth and were beaten up 15-1.  
   Coach Anderson commented, “Our pitchers struggled to throw strikes all night.  We scored five runs in the first inning of the first game to propel us to that win.”
   Swanson was handed yet another loss.  The team’s lone run came off the bat of Philipps who connected for a solo homerun.
   Next up for the reeling Cardinals is the Libby Tournament this weekend, June 19-21.