Redfield Pheasants avenge loss, end Cardinal season


The Redfield Pheasants exacted revenge on Mobridge with a 4-2 win in the elimination round of the District 2B Tournament in Britton on Friday.
A pitcher’s duel for the most part, the game was decided by three two-run rallies. Unfortunate for the Cardinals is that the Pheasants had two of the three run-scoring innings. Redfield jumped on top with two runs in the second inning. The Cardinals tied the score with two runs in the top of the fifth, but the Pheasants answered back with two more in the bottom half of the frame.
After giving up an unearned run with one out in the second inning, Mobridge pitcher Jesse Brown lost the strike zone and walked three straight batters. The third walk pushed Redfield’s second run across.
The Cardinals used some timely hitting to score twice in the fifth inning. Scott Heyne singled and Spencer Frank reached on an error to get things started. Heyne scored on a Ryan Hoffman sacrifice fly and Frank scored on an Andrew Overland single.
The Pheasants scored the winning runs with a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth. Drew Dickhaut walked and stole second. Sawyer Hanson drove him home with a single and then scored when Randall Waldner doubled.
The Cardinals did not go down without a fight. They put runners on base in each of the next four innings, but could not get the hit that would get them back into the game.
Both starting pitchers threw all nine innings. Brown gave up eight hits, walked four and hit two while striking out four. Winning pitcher Christian Christianson scattered 10 hits, walked one and struck out two.
Overland led the Cardinal offense with a three-for-five game. Hoffman, Heyne and Frank had two hits each. The Cardinals left 11 men on base.
Waldner led Redfield with a single, double and two RBIs. Keith Jandel had two hits. Mitch Babcock added a hit, a run and an RBI.
The Cardinals could not pull off the upset in the second round of play at the District 2B tournament in Britton on Wednesday. Redfield DQ took its first step in securing yet another state tournament appearance by beating Mobridge 8-0.
Luke Holt threw a three-hit shutout for Redfield, while the DQ offense put runs on the board in each of the first five innings, including a three-run outburst in the second inning and two more runs in the fourth.
Ryan Kemnitz took the loss for the Cardinals.
Greg Heyne, Colton Good Shield and Spencer Frank earned the Cardinals’ hits. Mobridge put the leadoff hitter on in three separate innings, including two on with no outs in the second, but could not find the timely hit that would push runs across the plate.
Keith Gall and Kerry Jacobson had extra base hits for Redfield.
– Jay Davis –

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