Cardinals play 28 innings of baseball in Britton
By Jay Davis
The Mobridge Cardinals had as long a baseball day as a team can have in Britton on Sunday. In completing one game and playing two more, the Cards were on the field for 28 innings. Unfortunately, all three games were losses.
Britton beat the Cardinals 9-5 in the regularly scheduled game.
“It wasn’t too bad,” said player/manager Ryan Hoffman. “We got 13 hits and scored five runs off their ace Justin Link.”
Britton jumped ahead 4-0 with a run in the first and three more in the third.
Mobridge rallied with three in the fourth with key hits by Colton Good Shield and Greg Heyne.
Britton answered right back with three in their half of the fourth. The Lumberjacks added single runs in the fifth and sixth. The Cardinals scored one in the sixth and one in the eighth, but could not put up the crooked numbers needed to get back in the game.
Hoffman led Mobridge with three hits, including a double.
Scott Hoffman took the loss.
Alex Suther hit a pair of doubles to lead Britton.
Mobridge and Groton finished a game that was started in Mobridge on July 7, before playing a second game to finish the season series.
The teams were tied 4-4 in the fourth when rain put a stop to the game at Legion Memorial Field. The conclusion was a long one. The teams played 11 more innings before Groton won an 8-7, 15-inning game.
Heath Giedt and Tim Hanigan hit back-to-back doubles to plate the winning run in the top of the 15th inning.
Good Shield and Jon Schlomer had three hits each to pace the Cardinals.
Game two against Groton was another extra inning affair as Groton beat Mobridge 4-3 in eight innings.
“We did get tired,” said Hoffman. “That was a lot of baseball.”
Mobridge took a 2-0 lead in the sixth with Good Shield and Tyler Stenberg hits sparking the rally. Groton took the lead with three runs in the bottom half of the frame. The Cards tied the game at 3-3 when Schlomer led off with a single and came around to score.
After Mobridge left the go-ahead run on base in the top of the eighth, Groton won the game on a walk-off single by Zach Harry.
The Cardinals will round out the regular season against Redfield DQ in Redfield on Saturday. The district tournament and a possible trip to state starts Tuesday in Redfield.