GOOD DEFENSE — Tri County catcher Bryce Watterud puts on the tag to a Vauxhall, Canada player who tries to avoid the tag in action here on Friday afternoon. The player was called out on a nice throw from right field. The Cards lost the first game of a double header in extra innings but came back to win the nightcap. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
The Tri-County Cardinals wrapped up their regular season with two make up games against Fort Macleod and then with the final two home stands against the Vauxhall Spurs and Fort Macleod again.
Last Monday the Cards traveled to Canada and were swept by the Fort Macleod Royals. In the first game, the homeboys were defeated 5-1.
Scott Bye took the mound and threw 5.2 innings and gave up five runs on three hits and 11 walks while taking the loss.
Jade Premo was 1-2 and knocked in the only run of the game.
In the second contest, the Cardinal bats were quiet once again in the 4-0 shutout.
John Johannsen got the start and pitched six innings of three hit four run ball. Johannsen fanned seven Royals.
Coach Tyson Anderson commented, “The wind was causing havoc with any ball hit in the air. It was a miserable day. Their pitchers held our bats in check.”
Next up for the Cards was a home matchup with the Vauxhall Spurs. Tri-County managed a split in the series.
In game one, the Cards went down early and scrapped back to take the game into extra innings before losing 8-7.
Johannsen started from the mound and threw five innings and allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks. He did manage to strike out six batters.
Bye came on in relief and was credited with his second loss of the week. He threw two innings and allowed one hit and one run.
Bye had a good game from the dish with two RBI. Rowe, Premo and Munoz also knocked in a run each.
In the nightcap, the Cards bats exploded on their way to a 15-11 victory.
Bryce Watterud got the nod and threw 5.2 innings and got the no decision while allowing all 11 runs.
Bye came in again and picked up the win after facing just one batter. Johnson closed out the game with two strikeouts.
Johnson had a stellar day at the plate with four RBI on a triple and a homerun. David Lightner was 1-2 with two runs scored and Logan Rowe knocked in two runners.
Coach Anderson commented on the split, “We lost the first game on a game ending triple play in the bottom of the eighth inning, something I’ve never seen. We rebounded nicely in the second game as our bats came alive late and sparked a nine-run sixth inning.”
The Cardinals ended regular season play with a little revenge against the Royals for the sweep.
The Tri-County offense continued to put the runs on the board with a 13-9 first game win.
Matt Alford was handed the start and got the win as he pitched 6.1 innings, giving up all nine runs on 11 hits, three walks and four hit batsmen.
Johnson closed the ball game, sitting down the last two batters.
Johnson hit his second homerun in two days, knocked in another four runners and scored three runs himself.
Bye went 2-5 with three RBI and Joe Hallenburg doubled home a runner.
The second contest was more of a pitching battle as the Cards nailed down the 4-3 win.
Rowe pitched the final game of the season and turned in his best performance with a complete game win. He allowed three runs on six hits and five walks and struck out six Royals.
Johannsen was 1-1 with a RBI. Rowe was 2-3 with a run knocked in and Watterud went 1-2 with a RBI.
Coach Anderson commented, “We got some help from their pitching and defense and held on to win game one. In game two, Bryce had a key hit to tie the game in the sixth inning and Logan got a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.
The Tri-County Cardinals ended their season at 13-14 in conference and 22-20 overall.
Next up for the Cards is a trip to the District Tournament in Fort Macleod where they look to defend their title from last year.
As the fifth seed they will face the home team Fort Macleod in the first game of the tourney on Thursday.
The game is scheduled for a 5:30 start time.