Cardinals rally to beat Northville 3-2
By Jay Davis
The Cardinals rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 3-2 walk-off win over Northville at Legion Memorial Field on Sunday.
Trailing 2-1 with just three outs left in the game, the Cardinals started a rally with Greg Heyne and Andrew Overland drawing walks. With two outs and the runners having advanced to second and third, Ethan Bohle stepped to the plate. Down 1-2 in the count, Bohle fought off a pitch and hit a swinging bunt that rolled toward third base. Northville pitcher Bryan Weber fielded the ball but could not make the off-balance throw. Bohle beat the throw for a base hit that drove Heyne home with the tying run. When the throw escaped the Northville first baseman, Jon Schlomer (pinch-running for Overland) raced home with the winning run.
Along with the late-inning heroics, pitcher Scott Hoffman played huge in the outcome of the game. Hoffman threw seven innings of six-hit ball. He allowed four walks and struck out four batters. With a mix of fastballs, curveballs and the occasional knuckleball, Hoffman kept Northville off balance and did not allow a run after the second inning.
Heyne and Overland led the offense. Heyne had a single and drew two walks. Overland reached base three times with two hits and a walk. Hoffman helped his own cause with an RBI single in the sixth. Tim Hathaway added a hit and scored a run.
Weber threw all seven innings for Northville, giving up seven hits, walking seven and striking out two. Cody Weesh led the offense with a double, two walks and two runs scored. Andrew Trudeau added a pair of hits.
Northville came back for a 10-4 win in the nightcap. The game was tied at 4-4 when Mobridge pitchers lost the strike zone and the visitors scored six runs in the fifth inning.
Cardinal pitching combined to give up 13 bases on balls in the contest. Derek Veldhuisen started and threw the first four innings. Daniel Roberts took over to start the fifth and Bohle took over from there.
Lane Meyer was the winning pitcher. He gave up five hits and struck out 11. Trudeau, Weesh and Mark Abrahamson scored two runs each.
Heyne had a double and scored a run to lead the Cardinals.
With their first win of the season under their belts, the Cardinals will be home again this weekend. They host the Redfield Pheasants at 2 p.m. at Legion Memorial Field. They play a doubleheader in Groton on Sunday.