JAY DAVIS: Cardinals, Teeners get seasons going
The sports pages have been so full of high school athletes that the beginning of the baseball season nearly got passed by.
The amateur Cardinals began play on Friday. The Teeners open their season tonight in Selby.
The Cardinals are off to an 0-3 start after losing 6-5 and 7-2 in Redfield to Redfield DQ on Friday and falling 8-0 in Aberdeen on Monday.
Mobridge had a 5-2 lead in the season-opener only to drop the game when former Mobridge Teener coach and teacher Justin Downes hit a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the sixth. Downes went three-for-four in the game.
The Cardinals showed some power of their own during a four-run fourth inning. Ryan Hoffman started the rally with a leadoff home run. Cordell Good Shield ended it with a three-run blast. Good Shield added an RBI single in the sixth.
Brent, Rich and Joel Osborne combined to score five runs for Redfield in the second game. The hosts scored three in the first inning, led 4-2 after five and put the game away with a three-run sixth.
Greg Heyne drove home both Mobridge runs with a knock in the fifth.
The Ellingston brothers led Aberdeen to its 8-0 win over Mobridge on Monday. Ryan Ellingston had three hits and scored two run. Chad Ellingston had two hits and scored a pair. They also did the pitching. Chad started and got the win with relief help from Ryan.
The Cardinals look to earn their first win of the season on Sunday when they host Northville at Legion Memorial Field. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.
After a year hiatus, the Teeners are back and ready for action. They start their season tonight in Selby with the first game starting at 6 p.m. The Teeners will not be home until hosting Selby on July 1.
I have the schedules for both teams sitting right beside me, but don’t have room for them. The full schedules will be published next week.