By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Over the past week the Tri-County Cardinals had a full slate as they played six games in seven days.
On June 11, the team took a trip to Lethbridge to take on the Miners.
In the first contest of the doubleheader the good guys were downed 12-4.
Tanner Coen got the start and pitched 5-2/3 innings for the loss.He gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out three hitters.
Kyle Schmidt was 2-4 with a double and Clark Judisch was a perfect 2-2 with two RBIs and two stolen bases.
Assitant Coach Tyson Anderson commented on the loss, “We made a lot of defensive mistakes that led to some costly unearned runs.
The second game against Lethbridge was easily the Cards best game of the year as they walked away with their first win of the season, 15-1.
Tristan Tubbs took the mound and pitched a gem.He threw a complete game, giving up one run on two hits and three walks.Tubbs baffled the Miner hitters all day, registering a whopping seven strikeouts.
At the plate Schmidt had another superb outing with a 4-4 effort scoring two runs.Kyle Wanner drove in three runners, Judisch was 2-3 with a runner knocked in and Hawke was also 2-3 with a double, two RBIs and three runs.
Anderson spoke about the first win of the season, “We rattled off 17 hits and got a great pitching performance from Tristan (Tubbs).
Unfortunately this would be the only win of the week as the Cards struggled in the next four games all against the Royals.
Continuing their Canadian road trip the Cards traveled to Fort MacLeod and registered two more losses 9-3 and 14-4.
In the first game Judisch got the nod as the starting pitcher and took the loss. He tossed four innings giving up two earned runs on seven hits and three walks.He did sit down three batters on strikes.
Hawke once again came on in relief to finish off the game.He threw two innings of one run, one hit ball, while striking out two Royals.
Tubbs was 2-3 at the plate and Wanner was 3-3, batting in two runners.
Anderson commented, “We gave up six unearned runs in the second inning and never recovered.”
In the nightcap, Schmidt struggled with his command from the bump accounting for three innings and eight runs on seven hits and five walks for the loss.
Ryan Clark pitched an inning and allowed two runs on four hits.
In the long awaited home opener the Cardinals lost both games of a doubleheader against Fort MacLeod 15-9 and 10-9
The Tri-County pitchers struggled badly in the first game.Tubbs wasn’t able to prolong his pitching prowess as he got the start and the loss.He only lasted four innings and gave up six runs on four hits, two walks and four hit batsmen.
Coen came on in middle relief and threw two innings.He was able to slow the bleeding a bit as he allowed two runs on two hits and one walk.
Clark pitched the last inning and struggled mightily, giving up six more runs on three hits and three walks.
Tubbs tried to help his cause at the plate as he was 3-4 with two runs and a monstrous six RBIs on two doubles and a triple.
Wanner hit in a runner, Conway was 2-4 and Clark was 2-3 with a double and four much needed runs.
In the final game of the week the Cardinals lost a nail biter.
Josh Ashworth pitched from the rubber going six innings giving up eight runs on 12 hits and four walks. He did strike out four batters.Judisch pitched the last inning and gave up one hit and one walk in a scoreless frame.
Wanner was 2-4 with a double, two runs and a RBI. Ashworth went 2-4 with a runner knocked in and two runs scored.Judisch continued to produce at the plate going a respectable 3-4 with a RBI and two runs. Coen knocked in two base runners and Tyler Tharp finished off the scoring output with a 2-3 effort that produced two more RBIs.
Anderson talked about the close game, “We battled hard and had a chance to tie the game but we stranded a runner on second base.”
Next up for the Tri-County Cardinals is another tournament taking place in Libby on June 20-23.