The Tri–County Cardinals took it on the heel with some tough games this past week.

After playing in the tournament in Libby, the Cards faced off with the Medicine Hat Knights. The home boys had worked up a 6-2 lead over the Knights going into the sixth inning.

Medicine Hat rallied for four runs in the bottom of sixth to get within one run, 7-6. In their last at bats, the Knights pounded out two runs to pull off the come-from-behind win, 8-7.

The Cards committed three errors and pounded out nine hits.

Kyle Schmidt was 2-5 with a pair of doubles and a run, Kyle Wanner went 2-3 with a pair of doubles, scored three runs, and had an RBI, Seth Kitchin went 1-4 with an RBI had a stolen base, a pair of walks and a sacrifice. He suffered the loss in relief giving up two runs on two hits and walking a batter.

Cooper Hawke went 1-4 with two RBIs, Tanner Mayer was 1-4, and Isiah Dunk was 1-3 with a run score.

In the second game with the Knights, the Cards opened the game with a burst of three runs in the top of the first, but Medicine Hat rallied back with seven runs in their half of the inning and went on to win the contest 9-5.

Tanner Coen went 1-3 and scored two runs, Wanner was 1-4, Kitchin went 3-4 with a run and two RBIs, Clark was 2-4 with a run and an RBI, Hawke went 1-2, two RBIs, a double and a walk.

Coen suffered the loss giving up five hits over six innings. He walked eight and hit a batter.

Wednesday the team was in Vauxhall to play the Spurs in a doubleheader.

Once again the home boys held a late inning lead, 4-3, only to have the spurs rally for six runs in the bottom of the sixth and escape with an 8-5 win.

Clark took the loss, giving up nine hits, eight runs, walking seven and fanning three.

Schmidt went 1-3, Kitchin 3-3 with a run, one RBI and a double. Clark was 1-3, Hawke 1-2 with a run, RBI, sacrifice and a walk. Mayer was 1-4.

In the nightcap, the Spurs jumped out to a 2-0 lead and later picked up an insurance run in winning the game, 3-1.

Mayer suffered the loss giving up six hits, three runs, walking four and striking out nine.

Schmidt, Coen and Wanner were all 1-3, Kitchin was 1-4, Clark and Hawke were also 1-3.

The Cards ended the month playing Havre at home on Monday and opening July with a game against the Great falls Electrics on Tuesday.

Back in the friendly confines of their own ball park, the Tri-County Cardinals gained a split in their games with Havre on Monday.

As it turned out, both games were called after five innings for the 10-run mercy rule.

In the game opener, the Cards busted loose for seven runs over the first two innings and then exploded for eight runs in the fifth to take a 15-5 win.

Tanner Mayer picked up the win giving up five runs on 10 hits. The Cards bats came alive as they pounded out 15 hits for their 15 runs. The team committed two errors.

Kitchin was 3-3 with three RBIs, Coen was 4-4 with three RBIs, and Wanner was 1-3 and three RBIs.

Coen belted out a double and a triple, and Wanner also ripped a three bagger.

In the night cap, Havre turned the tables and the home boys’ bats went silent as they fell 12-1.

The Cards were on the score board first with a run in the bottom of the first, but Havre came back with 10 runs over the next three innings, getting their 12 runs off of 13 hits.

The Cards hit for six safeties and committed one error. Cooper suffered the loss.

Kyle Schmidt, Coen, Wanner, Kitchin, and Mayer were all 1-3 and Tanner VandenBos was 1-1.


Tuesday the Cards hosted the Great Falls Electrics. The home stand continues with a doubleheader on July 5 with the opening pitch at 1 p.m. The Cardinals will be hosting Lethbridge.