Cards bow out at Districts

By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter

The Tri-County Cardinals ended their season at the Northern A District Tournament in Medicine Hat.

The young and inexperienced team led by Tyler Bucklin and Tyson Anderson competed mightily but were shown the door after two games.

In their first matchup of the tourney the Cards took on the Great Falls Electrics.  Both teams pitched well to start the game with the Electrics holding a 1-0 lead heading into the fifth inning.

Tri-County was able to take a short lived lead in the top of the fifth thanks to a three run outburst.

Great Falls answered right back with an eight run inning in the bottom half of the fifth to take a 9-3 lead, effectively putting the game out of reach.

The home team tried to battle back with a five run inning in the eighth to eat into the Electrics lead 9-8.  Once again Great Falls put some distance between themselves and their competition with a four run eighth to bring the score to 13-8.

The Cardinals scored one more run in the last inning to finish the game with the Cards losing 13-9.

Cardinal ace, Scotty Bye pitched 4.2 innings.  Rob Miller came on in relief for an inning and Kyle Schmidt finished off the game from the mound.

With an opening round loss, the Cards were moved into the loser out bracket and would face the Medicine Hat Knights in an elimination game.

With both teams evenly matched the game turned out to be one for the ages as it took 15 innings to see which team would move on.

Both teams gave up runs in the first inning.  Tri-County struck first with a two run inning followed by Medicine Hat putting on a hitting clinic with a six-run first.

After their nerves calmed the Cards held the Knights to three runs the rest of the game. Tri-County fought their way back with a one run inning in the sixth followed by a five run inning in the seventh to take an 8-6 lead.

Once again the Cardinal lead would not last as the Knights tied the game in the bottom of the seventh with two runs.

From there, both teams engaged in a pitching duel.  Bye came in and pitched seven innings of one run relief to keep the Cards chances alive.

In the end, it just wasn’t the year for Tri-County as they gave up a run in the bottom of the fifteenth to signal an end to their season.

Miller started the game off from the bump and pitched 7.1 strong innings and Bye finished off the contest.

From the plate, Miller tried to help his cause with a RBI single and a two run double.  Tyler Tharp tallied three hits.