By Jay Davis
After picking up their first win of the season last week at home over Britton, the Cardinals went to road to earn their second straight win in Aberdeen. The Cardinals scored nine runs in the first four innings en route to an 11-6 win over Aberdeen Circus Sports Bar at Fossum Field in Aberdeen on Wednesday.
“It was a good road win,” said player/manager Ryan Hoffman. “We finally had all of our starters together and we hit the ball well.”
The Cardinals got things going early. They scored two runs in the first inning on just one hit, thanks in part to Aberdeen committing two errors. Runs knocked home by Hoffman and Tyler Stenberg upped the Cardinal lead to 4-0 after two. Mobridge added a fifth run in the top of the third before Aberdeen had a four-run rally in the bottom half of the frame to tighten things up at 5-4.
Mobridge responded with four runs in the fourth. Hoffman led off with a single. Cassius Kocer tripled one out later. The hits kept coming as Stenberg singled, Colton Goodshield doubled and Greg Heyne singled.
Leading 9-4, the Cardinal pitcher Jesse Brown held Aberdeen at bay the rest of the way. Aberdeen plated single runs in the fourth and seventh to draw within 9-6, but the Cardinals put the game away with two insurance runs in the top of the ninth. After Mobridge drew three walks, Brown cleared the bases with a double.
Brown led the Cardinals on offense and defense. He threw nine innings of eight-hit ball. He struck out seven, while walking two and hitting one.
“Except for some problems in the third, Jesse threw a really good game,” said Hoffman.
Brown had a big game at the plate with three hits including a triple and a double. The Cardinals rapped out 14 hits and took advantage of nine walks. Hoffman, Derek Veldhuisen and Goodshield all had two hits and scored two runs. Every player had a least one hit.
Brett Hoffman took the loss for Aberdeen. He was relieved by Will Swisher and Tyler Newman.
Evan Jordre led Aberdeen with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Swisher had two hits, while Newman laced a two-run single.
After opening the season 0-4, the Cardinals enter July with a 2-4 record. Their next two games will be at Legion Memorial Field.
The Cardinals host Groton at 5 p.m. on Sunday. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. Redfield Dairy Queen hits the Bridge City next Friday. Game time is 6 p.m.