Cardinals swept in season opener
By Jay Davis
The rekindled Cardinals amateur baseball team did not get the season off on a winning start as they dropped a season-opening double header to Aberdeen Circus Sports Bar in Aberdeen on Friday.
Aberdeen defeated Mobridge 8-0 in the opener and 4-3 in the nightcap.
Player/manager Justin Kappes said the Cardinals were rusty, but that was not unexpected from a team comprised of players playing their first games together.
“It was good to get that first one out of the way,” said Kappes. “We have a lot of players who haven’t played organized ball for a while.”
Aberdeen pitcher Diego Bautista shut the Cards out on three hits in the opener. He struck out nine while surrendering just one walk.
The only Mobridge hits were a singles by Kappes, Tyler Stenberg and Ryan Hoffman.
Stenberg was roughed up on the mound, giving up four runs on five hits and nine walks in five innings pitched. Jade Bartell had a tough inning, surrendering four runs on four hits and three walks in the sixth. The pitchers did not get much help from their defense as the Cardinals committed five errors.
Aberdeen leadoff hitter, Carlos Camacho went 3-4 and scored two runs. Eric Norris and Tyler Newman had two hits each. Travis Titus added a two-run double.
Mobridge had the lead in game two until Aberdeen rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to complete the sweep.
“We let that one get away from us,” said Kappes. “We had opportunities for more runs early and left them on base.”
Ryan Kemnitz threw a complete game and held the home team at bay for six innings despite giving up four hits and allowing nine walks.
“He spread the walks out pretty well,” said Kappes.
With Mobridge leading 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh, Newman doubled and Bautista walked to start the inning. Matt Kervin singled to tie the game before Titus singled Bautista home with the game winning run.
Mobridge scored single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings to forge their 3-2 lead. Hoffman had two hits to pace the Cards. Kappes, Stenberg and Ethan Bohle added hits. Bohle had the only extra base hit. He doubled to lead off the fifth and eventually scored the team’s second run.
Brett Hoffman was the winning pitcher after throwing seven innings of five-hit ball with four strikeouts and two walks.
The Cardinals open the home portion of the season on Saturday when they host Britton for two games starting at 1 p.m. There will be more amateur action at Legion Memorial Field on Tuesday when the Cardinals host Northville for a 7 p.m. doubleheader.
– Jay Davis –