Cards trying to halt losing skid, take apart Lethbridge

12_cards_2818BIG PITCH   — Tri-County Cardinal pitcher Scott Bye unloads a pitch to a Fort Macleod Royals batter in early action of game one on July 4th. The Royals posted up three runs in the top of first and went on to win the contest 13-5.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler



The Tri-City Cardinals American Legion baseball team is going through a tough time and is in the midst of a four game losing streak.

July 3, the team was in Great Falls to play the Electrics in a double header.

In the opener, the Cards were never in the contest, falling behind 13-2 after just two innings ultimately losing 24-3. The team didn’t help themselves as they committed six errors and picked up just five hits.

Josh Ashworth suffered the loss. He was 1-1 at the plate.

In the nightcap, the Electrics won again, 15-8 on 13 hits. The home boys had eight hits with Scott Bye leading the way, going 3-5 with four RBIs. Ashworth also had a hit. Seth Kitchin and Ryan Clark also had safeties. Rob Miller took the loss. The cards didn’t help themselves at all, as they committed 11 errors in the game.

Playing at home on our nation’s birthday, July 4, the home boys took on the Royals of Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada.

Bye started the game on the mound and the Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead and went on to post up a 13-5 win.

The Cards trailed by just three runs heading to the top of the seventh, but the boys from north of the border pushed across five runs to put the game out of reach.

In the nightcap contest, the Royals picked up three runs to open the game.

The Cards came right back and pushed across four runs, two on a passed ball with one Cardinal scoring from second base.

The team used three hits, two walks, seven stolen bases, an error and a batter hit by the pitcher to score the four runs. They added three more in the second to lead 7-3. The Cards held that lead until the Royals rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 11-7 and win the game.

In the bottom of the seventh, the team load the base on a walk and two hits, sandwiched between two strikeouts, but the last chance batter popped out to left field to end the game.

Friday the team was in Great Falls for a double header with the  Electrics.

The Cards fell behind 6-0 after the second inning and were down 13-0 after. The contest was called for the 10-run mercy rule.

Walker had the one safety for the team. Johannsen suffered the loss. The Cards also committed five errors.

The second game hit a buzz-saw with bad weather and never got going. It will be made up at a later date if it affects conference standings.

Sunday the Tri-County boys won both ends of a double-header against Lethbridge. Team scores and statistics were not available.