Britton beats Cardinals with late rally
By Jay Davis
Britton broke away from a seven-inning pitching duel to beat the Cardinals 10-5 at Legion Memorial Field on Wednesday.
The game was tied at 1-1 after seven innings. Britton moved ahead with three runs in the eighth inning and broke the game open with a six-run rally in the ninth.
Late inning errors by the Cardinal defense helped Britton wage the late rallies.
“We can make those,” said player/manager Ryan Hoffman. “We had plays we should have made.”
B.J. Richter led off the top of the eighth for Britton. After a Cardinal error set things up, Troy Knecht gave the visitors the lead with a two-run double. Justin Link followed with a single to give Britton a 4-1 lead.
The Cardinals made it 4-2 in the bottom half of the frame. Jon Schlomer hit a leadoff double and scored on a Scott Hoffman sacrifice fly.
The floodgates opened in the top of the seventh. Britton used five walks, a hit batsman and a Cardinal error to score six runs on just one hit.
Mobridge rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth when Cassius Kocer, Colton Goodshield and Tyler Stenberg all had hits.
Hoffman said the silver lining to the loss was getting four hits and four runs off Britton ace Link.
“It was nice getting hits on maybe the best pitcher in the league,” said Hoffman.
Link took the mound in the third and went the rest of the way to pick up the win. While they didn’t always get the lucky bounce, they did make contact. Link had just five strikeouts.
Jesse Brown was the tough luck loser for the Cardinals. Brown threw eight innings and struck out 10.
Knecht led the Britton offense with a single, double, four RBIs and three runs scored. Richter added two hits and scored two runs scored.
Stenberg led the Cardinals with two hits and two runs scored.