Tri-County racks up 7 game winning streak

By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Tri-County racks up 7 game winning streak
WILDTHING — Tri-County Cardinal Pitcher Logan Rowe gets ready to fire a fastball down the pipe against the Havre Northstars on June 25. The Cardinals ended up getting a 6-5 victory in the first game of the twin bill. I-O Photo by Adam Jerome
   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.”
   In the afternoon contest the Cardinals once again fell behind early.  The Northstars scored five runs in the first off of pitcher Mike Adams to take a 5-0 lead.  Adams settled down after that and pitched five solid innings as the Cards came back again to get the 12-8 victory.
   Johnson would come on in relief and get the win.  He also was 3-4 with a two-run homerun.  Johnson’s contributions during the six game stretch were noteworthy as he picked up two wins and two saves.
   Philipps again showed his power as he hit another long ball in the second game.
   Tri-County got a much needed day off before they took on the Lethbridge Miners on Saturday.  The Cards got another two wins. The first one was a pitchers dual with the Cards coming out on top 4-2.  
   Robison pitched six innings with five strikeouts and got the win.  Johnson once again hammered the game down with the save.
   Rowe was 2-4 with an RBI.
   The second game was the exact opposite as both teams scored at least 10 runs.  The Cards were on the winning side 11-10.  This marked the third time in six times that Tri-County came back in the game to get the win.
   Johnson picked up the win in relief, but John Johannsen pitched five innings and sat down seven batters.
   Jade Premo had a good day with the bat as he went 2-4 with four RBIs.  Adams was 2-3 with a double and a run knocked in.
   Coach Anderon stated, “We played well both games.  The day was highlighted by a come from behind victory in game two.  That is now seven wins in a row.”
   The Tri-County Cardinals will try to keep the streak going as they head across the border on June 30 through July 1 for a four game road trip.  They will be taking on the Medicine Hat Knights and the Vauxhall Spurs, before returning back to the states to play in Lewistown on July 8.