Page 1 of 2By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
The Tri-County Cardinals are heating up. Since their last win at the Libby tournament the Cards have been on fire. They have won their last seven games and are moving up in the standings.
Last Wednesday Tri-County traveled to Great Falls to take on the Stallions in the twin bill. In the first game the Cards dominated the Stallions 16-6.
Bjorn Swanson got the start and the win. He struck out six batters during his time on the mound. The pitching effort was solid, but the real story is the offense.
Jake Robison had a monster game as he was a perfect 4-4 at the plate with six RBIs. Robison notched the rare cycle in the first game, which means he hit a single, a double, a triple, and a homerun.
Swanson helped out his own cause as he was 3-5 with two RBIs. Bryce Watterud went 2-4 with four runners knocked in and Riley Styren was 2-4 with two RBIs.
Coach Tyson Anderson commented, “We hit the ball really well and jumped out to a big lead early.”
In the nightcap the Cards made quick work of the Stallions again as they got the win 14-4.
Tri-County again hit the ball well and helped out Styren on the mound who got the victory.
Joey Hallenberg was 1-5 with four RBIs. Orin Johnson was 2-3 with three runs knocked in and Logan Rowe was 2-2 with two doubles.
The following day the team was at home to play host to the Havre Northstars. In both games the Cardinals were down at least four runs before they came back to get the wins.
In the first contest Tri-County got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first. After that the Northstars found some rhythm as they took a 5-1 lead on a two run homer after the fifth.
The home team never quit fighting as they battled back in the bottom of the sixth with five runs to take a 6-5 lead. The comeback was possible because of a three run homerun by Justin Philipps and a little bit of trickery by Styren.
With two outs and the game tied Styren was on first and Mike Adams was on third. Styren faked a steal to second and intentionally got in the hot box. As he was running back and forth, Adams took off from third. Styren beat the throw to first and Adams had enough time to steal home for the go-ahead one run lead.
Johnson would get the save in the seventh with a 1, 2, 3, inning.
Rowe would get the win as he notched nine Ks.
Coach Anderson added, “We trailed 5-1 going into the sixth and scored five runs highlighted by a three-run homer. It was a nice feeling.”
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