Cardinals win opener with walk-off single
By Jay Davis
Trailing by a run entering the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals rallied with two runs, including a walk-off single, to beat Northville 4-3 in the opener at Legion Memorial Field on Sunday.
Derek Veldhuisen led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and advanced to second before an Andrew Overland single plated the Velduisen with the tying run. Overland moved into scoring position when the Northville shortstop threw wide at first on a Colton Good Shield grounder. Up came Tyler Stenberg, who ripped a hit up the middle to score Overland and give the Cardinals their first win of the season.
“Tyler’s been our leading hitter so far,” said player-manager Ryan Hoffman. “It was good to see him get that hit off their best pitcher.”
Stenberg reached base four times on two hits and two walks. Overland drew two walks and drove in two runs.
After the teams had battled to a 2-2 tie after six innings, Northville took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh when Clayton Nutting led off with a double and scored on a Nate Peterson single.
Cassius Kocer and Jesse Brown combined to throw a five-hitter for the Cardinals. Brown threw the last inning and two-thirds to earn the win.
Nutting took the loss for Northville. Alex Boekelheide led the offense with a pair of hits.
Northville outscored the Cardinals 14-11 in eight innings in the nightcap. After a game one that had seven runs on 11 hits, game two had 25 runs and 27 hits.
The Cardinals rallied with the tying run in the bottom of the seventh, but the potential winning run was thrown out at third base. Northville rallied with five runs in the top of the eighth. The Cardinals scored twice in the bottom half of the frame, but could not keep the rally going.
“We probably should have won that game,” said Hoffman.
Bob Smith, third Northville pitcher of the game, picked up the win, but not until surrendering six runs on 10 hits and five walks.
Scott Hoffman suffered the loss, giving up 11 runs on eight hits and nine walks.
Kyle Henderson led the Cardinal offense with three hits and three runs scored. Ryan Hoffman, Scott Hoffman and Greg Heyne had two hits each. Mobridge did not take full advantage of opportunities, leaving 16 men on base.
Alex Bauer was 2-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI to lead Northville. Nutting and Nick Peterson added two hits and two runs scored each.
The Cardinals will be back at Legion Memorial Field on Saturday when they host Redfield Dairy Queen. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.