Cardinals 4 Woodticks 3
The Bloomer Woodticks traveled to Merchant Park for the home opener on Saturday, May 9. In what turned out to be an entertaining non league contest, Spooner walked off with the victory with 2 outs in the bottom of the ninth. Cardinal newcomer, Christian Hall had a 2 RBI single to left field to plate the tying and winning runs.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early lead when Sam Holden drove in Cody Patko and Brandon Shutt in the bottom half of the first. Patko and Shutt both reached on walks.
Bloomer would plate 3 runs in the top of the second but leave the bases loaded when Tom Romportl came in for starter Sam Holden. Romportl stranded all 3 by inducing two fly ball outs to end the threat.
Both clubs traded zero’s until the bottom the ninth. Kyle Gauger led off with a walk and Christian Gravesen reached on an error. Patko then sacrificed the runners to second and third. After a ground out, the stage was set for Hall. The line drive single plated the winning runs and secured the victory.
Hall and Holden led the hitting attack for Spooner both going 2 for 4 with 2 runs batted in. Tom Romportl earned the victory by coming on in relief and throwing 7 2/3 innings. Romportl allowed 3 hits, walked one, allowing no runs, while striking out one.
Cardinals 12 Islanders 0
The Spooner Cardinals used a 3 run fifth and a 5 run sixth to blow the game wide open in their Independent League opener at Cumberland. In a battle of two playoff teams from last year Spooner cruised to a 12 run win in their only meeting of the season.
The Cardinals struck first when Cody Patko led off the game and drew a walk. He advanced to third on a base hit by Brandon Shutt and later scored on a double play ground out.
In the fifth, the Cardinals strung 5 consecutive hits together to plate 3 runs. Consecutive singles by Sean Solvesen, Patko, Shutt, Christian Hall, and Sam Holden stretched the lead to 4-0.
The game was put away in the sixth as 5 more hits plated 5 runs. Dane Gravesen led off the inning with a double was sacrificed to 3rd by Nick Boss. Gravesen later scored on a single by Kyle Gauger. Boss, who reached on the sacrifice scored on a fielder’s choice. The big blow was a Hall double which plated two more runs. A Holden single scored Hall and the inning closed with redbirds up 9-0.
In the eighth inning Spooner scored three more times on 3 hits and a walk. Holden, Gauger, and Boss all drove in runs making the final 12-0.
Holden led the 17 hit attack going 3 for 5 with 3 runs batted in. Patko, Shutt, Hall, Jeremy Bloomquist, Gravesen, and Solvesen all added 2 hits apiece. Patko, Hall, and Gauger all drove in 2 runs apiece.
Bloomquist pitched 6 1/3 innings allowing only 4 hits, walking 5, and striking out 5 while allowing no runs. Gauger finished the game allowing 2 hits and striking out 3.
The Cardinals will be at home on Saturday, May 16th against the Duluth Dukes. Game time is set for 3:00 or immediately following the Junior Varsity Spooner Rails game. On Sunday, May 17th, the Cardinals return to Independent league action when hosting the Haugen Hornets. Game time is set for 1:00.
The Spooner Cardinals welcome everyone to Merchant Park for a good weekend of baseball. A full concession stand, music, announcers, and many fans are on hand each week. Merchant Park is the property of the City of Spooner and hosts the Spooner Rails Junior Varsity, Spooner Babe Ruth, Spooner American Legion, and the Spooner Cardinals.