Cards wrap up regular season with a 3-3 stretch

By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Cards wrap up regular season with a 3-3 stretch
CUTTINNG LOOSE — Tri-County Cardinal pitcher Jake Robison of Shelby fires a pitch into a Medicine Hat Knights batter in first game action last Wednesday. Robinson won the game, called for the 10-run mercy rule after five innings when Orin Johnson smacked a triple in the bottom of the fifth, giving the Cards an 11-1 lead and the game. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
   This past week marked the end of the regular season for the Tri-County Cardinals.  They had six games, four conference before they head to Havre for the District Tournament.
   The Cards ended up going 3-3 in their last home game stretch.  Their overall record is 18-18 with a conference record of 15-13.  They are tied for third in the conference and are the fourth overall seed in the District Tournament.
   Their first matchup of the week was against the Great Falls Stallions in Conrad.  The Cards won both games easily with the ten run rule shortening both contests.
   Cardinal pitchers Riley Styren and Bryce Watterud both pitched complete game wins.
   In the first matchup on Tuesday, the Tri-County blasted the Stallions 13-3 thanks to a solid one-hit pitching effort by Styren.  
   Styren gave up one hit, six walks, and three runs in five innings.
   John Johannsen batting leadoff went 2-3 with two RBIs and three runs.  Orin Johnson was 2-4 with one run and two runs knocked in and Bjorn Swanson was a perfect 2-2 with two runs and two RBIs.
   Coach Tyson Anderson commented, “We hit the ball well with 10 runs in the third inning that broke the game open.”
   In the second game of the twin bill, Tri-County once again ten-run ruled the Stallions with a 14-4 victory in the sixth inning.  Watterud got the start and the win on six innings pitched, nine hits, two walks, and four runs.
   Logan Rowe got the team going batting in the one spot on 1-2 hitting with three RBIs.  Justin Philipps went 3-4 in the six spot with one run and four batters knocked in.
   The next matchup was against the Medicine Hat Knights on Wednesday.  The two games marked the last two home games of the year with a Senior Night ceremony in between the double-header.