Cardinals open season in Great Falls

By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter

The Tri-County Cardinals opened the season with a doubleheader against the Great Falls Electrics at Centine Stadium on June 2.

The Cardinal bats had a tough time getting started in the team’s first outing as they were beaten 9-4 in the first game and 11-1 in the second.

Assistant Coach Tyson Anderson commented on the opening series, “We struggled at the plate due to it being our first games.  We were in the first game until some walks in the fifth inning cost us some runs.

Clark Judisch got the nod as the opening day pitcher and took the loss, throwing four innings, while giving up three hits, four runs, three walks and one hit batsman.  Judisch also struck out four batters.

Tanner Coen and John Sammon finished the game combining for two innings, two hits, five runs, four walks and 3 strikeouts.

Tristan Tubbs went 1-2 with two stolen bases.  Josh Ashworth went 2-4, Cooper Hawke was 3-4 from the plate and Sammon registered one hit and drove in two Cardinal runners.

In the second contest, Zach Conway got the starting job from the mound and also came up with a loss.  Conway struggled with his command and lasted only  two and a third innings, giving up four hits, six runs, three walks and an astonishing three hit batsmen.

Coen came in and tried to stop the bleeding, but suffered a similar fate as Conway. He threw two innings and gave up four hits and three runs.  The game was called after five innings.

Ashworth got another two hits in the second game.

On Monday, Tri-County was set to take the field against Havre in their home opener, but was forced to delay the game due to rain.  A makeup date has yet to be scheduled.

Next up for the home team is the Helena Tournament on June 7-9.  The boys should be able to shake off some of those opening day jitters with quite a few games over the weekend.

The next home game for the Cards is on June 16 against Fort McLeod.