2012-05-17 / Sports

Cardinals split games then win with offense

By Kelley Kossan
Staples World reporter

Cody Drone tries to beat a throw to first base in the Cardinals’ game against Park Rapids. (Staples World photo by Kelley Kossan) The Staples Motley baseball team came away with two wins and one loss this past week to improve their record to 11-4, and their Mid State Conference record to 8-2.

On May 8 the boys took on Mid State rivals the Park Rapids Panthers. The first game saw a good pitching performance from Jake Vetsch, but the team wasn’t able to get the runs. Although the team put down six hits, they weren’t able to get one when they needed it most. “We failed to get the big hit,” said Coach John Riewer, “We had bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth inning and failed to score. That really took the wind out of our sails.”

Hits in game one came from Jalen Busker who was two for three, Austin Redemske, Jordan Jenkins, Kyle Jansson and Jordan Wick.

Blake Petrich dives into home plate to beat the throw in the game against Park Rapids. (Staples World photo by Kelley Kossan) Game two was a little crazier, “This was a wild baseball game, it’s never over until it’s over,” commented Riewer. The Staples Motley boys were leading 12-1 after three innings, but the Panthers closed the gap to 13-11 later in the game. The Cards toughened up and held on to win 13-12.

“We were fortunate to win the game, but we made the plays when we had to. Especially in the top of the seventh inning.”

The split of the double header was big for the Cards as they are still in the running for a share of the conference championship.

On May 10, the boys hosted Breckenridge and finished with a 10-7 win behind the pitching of Wick, Petrich and Vetsch. The Cards pounded out an impressive 17 hits including four extra base hits. Busk- er (triple), Wick (double), and Devon White (triple) were all 3-4, while Petrich and Tyler O’Brien (double) each had two hits. Also getting hits were Redemske, Jansson, Drone and Sterriker.

“As a team today we hit the cover off the ball, that was very impressive. However, we struggled on the mound today throwing strikes. We issued nine walks and hit three batters, that is unacceptable. That is going to happen, we just have to learn from it and move on,” Riewer said.

The Cardinals have four games this week including a doubleheader at home against Perham on Saturday, May 19. “The busy week should be a good test for us, I know the kids are looking forward to it,” said Riewer.

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