Cardinals lead games early, lose late

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By Jay Davis

Getting a lead has not been a problem for the Cardinals, but keeping one and getting a win has. The Cardinals had two more leads before falling to Northville 10-7 and 8-5 at Legion Memorial Field on Tuesday.
Mobridge held a 6-2 lead in game one after scoring three runs in the third and three more in the fifth. The lead would not hold up as Northville scored four in the sixth to tie the game and four more in the seventh to beat the home team by three.
Mobridge’s three runs in the third came on a two-RBI double by Andrew Overland and a run-scoring single by Tyler Stenberg. Driving in runs in the fifth were Justin Kappes, Colton Good Shield and Greg Heyne. The Cards added a run in the sixth when Dan Zeller and Ryan Hoffman hit singles. Zeller came around to score on a Northville error.
Alex Bauer and A.J. Overby had the key hits for Northville in the four-run sixth. The same two had key hits in the seventh, but the go-ahead and insurance runs came on a Mobridge throwing error and two wild pitches.
Mobridge loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but could not get the clutch hit to get back in the game.
Hoffman reached base five times with four singles and a walk and scored two runs. Kappes, Overland, Good Shield and Zeller had two hits each. The Cardinals stranded nine runners in the game. Cody Wolf had his first mound assignment of the year. He threw well but ran out of gas, surrendering the eight runs in the last two innings.
Overby led Northville with two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Bauer had three hits and scored twice. Taylor Morsching pitched for the win and added offense with a hit, an RBI and two runs scored.
A four-run fourth inning gave the Cardinals a 5-3 lead in the nightcap. It held up until Northville erupted for four runs in the sixth. The Lumberjacks picked up four hits off Hoffman, but not until after a couple defensive miscues set the stage for the big inning.
The Cardinals’ four-run inning started with two out and nobody on. Zeller singled and advanced to second. Wolf followed with an RBI knock. Hoffman walked and then Kappes hit an RBI single. Overland then ripped a double into left centerfield to plate the final two runs.
Overland led the offense with a single, double and three RBIs. Heyne was 2-4 with a double, run and RBI. Hoffman drew three walks and scored two runs, but was the tough-luck loser after taking the mound in relief of Spencer Frank.
Nate Peterson was the winning pitcher. He took the mound to finish the fourth inning and held the Cardinals scoreless over three and one third innings.
Braun, Overby and Morshing had two hits each for Northville. Morsching and Mitch Reed scored two runs each.

Chopped down
by Lumberjacks
The Cardinals had the lead in their first home games of the year on Saturday when the Britton Lumberjacks came to Legion Memorial Field. Mobridge had the lead until falling behind late and losing a 7-5 game in the opener. Britton went off on an 11-run first inning in the second game and won a 12-1 game in five innings.
The Cardinals used small ball to score four runs in the third inning and take a 5-0 lead in the first game. After Jesse Brown drew a walk to start the inning, Ryan Hoffman and Justin Kappes followed with back-to-back bunt hits to load the bases. Andrew Overland, Scott Heyne and Tyler Stenberg each hit singles to drive four runs across home plate.
The Cardinals held a 5-1 lead into the sixth when two Mobridge miscues helped pave the way for the Lumberjacks to put five runs on the board and take the lead. The Lumberjacks did some hitting to take advantage of the extra outs. Austin Suther had an RBI single before Aaron Kappes cleared the bases with a double off the right centerfield wall. A Ryan Wagner RBI single in the seventh gave Britton an insurance run.
Brown took the loss for the Cardinals with seven innings of nine-hit ball. Only two of the seven Britton runs were earned.
Pat Krause got the win for the Lumberjacks in relief of B.J. Richter. Justin Link struck out the side in the seventh to earn the save.
Justin Kappes and Overland had two hits each to lead the Cardinal offense. Hoffman scored two runs.
Aaron Kappes led Britton with a pair of doubles. Drew Amacher and Wagner had two hits each.
Game two was decided quickly when Cardinals starter Ethan Bohle had trouble locating the plate and could not get through the first inning. Bohle went just one-third of an inning, giving up eight runs on eight walks and two hits. When he gave way to Jade Bartell things did not get better as Bartell gave up two hits and two walks before the Lumberjacks could be retired.
After saving game one, Link started game two and cruised through the Cardinal lineup. He held the Cardinals hitless until Justin Kappes got a one-out single in the fourth. Scott Heyne added a single and Kappes eventually scored the only Mobridge run of the game.
Link finished with a two-hitter, striking out six and walking one.
Richter led the Lumberjack offense with a single, double and three RBIs. Bill Bray added two base knocks.

Drop two
in Northville
The Cardinals had their chances in Northville last Tuesday, but could not hold leads as Northville rallied in both games to win 11-10 and 9-8.
Mobridge trailed 7-3 in the sixth inning of the opener when they turned things around with a seven-run rally in the top half of the inning. A Colton Good Shield single and an Ethan Bohle double started the rally. Justin Kappes, Scott Heyne and Greg Heyne had singles to keep the merry-go-round turning before Good Shield cleared the bases with his second hit of the inning.
Northville retook the lead in the bottom half of the frame with four runs. A Cardinal error and two walks got Northville started. A.J. Overby doubled and Nate Peterson singled to plate the runs.
Trailing by one, Mobridge could not rally as Taylor Morsching sent the Cardinals down 1-2-3 in the seventh inning. Morsching picked up the win in relief of Kyle Nemec and Mitch Reed.
Morsching played a major role in the offense too, collecting pair of hits. Kyle Braun spanked a home run, while Overby had two hits.
Good Shield, Kappes and Andrew Overland had two hits each to pace the Cardinals. Overland reached base four times (two walks), scored a run and drove two home. Kappes scored two runs.
Ryan Hoffman suffered the loss after taking the mound in relief of Kappes.
Nemec drove in the winning run as Northville scored a walk-off win in the eighth inning of game two. Nemec was huge in the rally as he doubled and scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning to force the extra session.
Mobridge held an 8-3 lead after scoring three runs in the third inning, four in the fourth and one in the fifth only to have Northville tighten the game up with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Overland had a big game at the plate with three hits, including a double. He drove in four and scored twice. Hoffman used a keen eye to collect a single and three walks and score three runs. Kappes added a pair of singles.
Greg Heyne threw all eight innings and suffered the loss for the Cardinals. His defense wasn’t much help as the team committed five errors leading to six unearned runs.
Reed threw the last two innings to get the win for Northville after Morsching and Peterson pitched the first six innings.
Along with driving in the game-winner, Nemec finished four-for-five with two doubles and three RBIs. Morsching hit a two-run homer in the third.
The Cardinals will have plenty more action at Legion Memorial Field before the Fourth. The Redfield Pheasants come to the Bridge City on Friday for two games starting at 7 p.m. Redfield Dairy Queen helps kick off the holiday on Sunday with first pitch at 1 p.m.

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