TRI-COUNTY CARDINALS — In the front from the left is Josh Ashworth, Tanner Coen, Tristan Tubbs, Rhyan LaSorte, Kyle Schmidt. In the back is Ryan Clark, Tyler Tharp, Zach Conway, Cooper Hawk, Clark Judisch, Kyle Wanner and Seth Kitchin. Photo Courtesy of Tyler Bucklin
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
After going 5-2 in their last seven games of the regular season the Tri-County Cardinals were raring to go as the District Tournament in Vauxhall approached.
Their first matchup would be against the number two seeded Lethbridge team they split a doubleheader with the week prior.
The Cardinals knew they could hang with this team, but in the end they were beaten soundly by a superior team 11-2.
Ryan Clark took the mound to open up the tournament and registered the loss.He lasted four innings and gave up five earned runs on seven hits and two walks.
Tanner Coen came in to finish the game and hopefully allow the Cards to make a comeback.Coen fared a little better, but the Miners continued to pile on the runs while the Cardinal offense couldn’t get going.
Coen tossed four innings and gave up two earned runs on four hits and a walk.He did manage to strike out three miners.
At the plate, Tristan Tubbs was 1-3 with a double and two runs scored.Kyle Schmidt hit a double and drove in a run and Josh Ashworth was 1-2 with a RBI.
Assistant Coach Tyson Anderson commented on the opening round loss, “We had opportunities to open up a nice lead early, but we couldn’t get the key hit we needed.We also struggled defensively that allowed them extra opportunities.”
In loser out action the Tri-County Cardinals took on the Havre Northstars, a team that they had played fairly evenly throughout the year.
In a close matchup the Cards had plenty of chances to move on in the tournament but the Northstars emerged victorious 6-3, ending the Cardinal season after two games.
Tubbs pitched from the rubber in the deciding game and struggled with his command.He took the loss, lasting barely into the second inning.Tubbs allowed six runs on three hits and three walks.
Clark Judisch came on in middle relief to keep the Cards in the game.Judisch pitched masterfully keeping the game close.He threw six innings, givng up four hits and five walks, although he did keep Havre from scoring during those six innings.He also sent four Northstars back to the dugout on strikes.
Cooper Hawke pitched a no hit zero run inning to finish off the game.
Kyle Wanner was 2-4, Ashworth went 2-5, Clark was 2-4 and Tyler Tharp was 2-3 with a RBI.
Anderson commented on the season ending loss, “They scored six runs in the first two innings due to our inability to throw strikes.We had opportunities late to score runs, but couldn’t get the ball to bounce our way.
And with that the Tri-County Cardinal season is over.It is not without noting what a rollercoaster season it has been.
The team started the season 1-24 looking like they would go to districts and be two and done, but then in the last week of the season, the Cards gave themselves, their coaches and their fans some hope as they rallied off five wins in seven games.
At that point it looked like the Cardinals might be able to make some noise in Vauxhall
While the season was definitely a disappointment, that last week of the regular season should provide some motivation and remind this young team that when they are playing the game the right way, they can compete with anyone.