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Spooner 13, Bruce 9

 

            Spooner traveled to Bruce for a night game with the Belters and scratched out a 13-9 victory. Things did not look good for the Cardinals over the first four innings as Bruce held a 6-0 lead despite only three hits on the evening. Combinations of walks and passed balls were the Achilles heel of the Cardinals pitcher-catcher battery early on in the game. Starting pitcher, Brady Christianson, was lifted with no outs in the fourth inning after the first two men reached base. Christian Hall was called on to relieve Christianson and was able to limit the damage. Spooner scored a lone run in the fifth inning to show some life offensively. Christianson led off with a hustle double to left center and scored on a Josh Davidson single. The sixth inning saw the Redbirds score four runs courtesy of a Scott Lindenberger towering grand slam. Bruce would not wilt under the pressure and was able to score another pair of runs off Hall to make the score 8-5 through six innings. Spooner dug deep and strung together eight hits, including five doubles and one triple, to score eight runs and take the lead 13-8 heading into the seventh inning stretch. The game was fairly quiet over the remaining two and a half innings despite Bruce scoring a lone run in the ninth. Hall got the win on the mound to improve his record to 6-0 by tossing six innings of relief, striking out 10, walking one, hitting two, and allowing three hits. Christianson received a no decision for his 3+ innings on the mound as he struck out six, allowed three hits, walking seven and allowing six runs. Christianson and Lindenberger led the charge offensively from the 8-9 spots with Brady collecting three hits with a double and a triple and Lindenberger with a pair of hits including a grand slam and double for his six RBI.

 

Spooner 22, Tony 4

 

            After a hard fought victory the night before Spooner was hoping to avoid another potential let-down against a pesky Tony Hayshakers team. Tony had defeated Cumberland 7-3 in extra innings the day before and seemed to be playing well lately with multiple close games against other top teams. Fortunately, Spooner wasted no time in this one by recording eight run innings to start the game in the first and second innings to blow the game open 16-1. The lone early blemish came off the bat of the Tony third hitter who crushed a home run over the road in left field at the Bruce ball park. Spooner extended their lead with one run in the third, three in the fifth, and two more in the seventh to take the 22-4 victory.

 

            Trevor Brimblecom worked all seven innings on the mound: striking out seven, walking two and scattering seven hits while giving up four runs. Lindenberger had another big day at the plate with four hits and four more RBI. Hall and Davidson each had four hits apiece and three RBI. Drew Johnson banged out three hits with a double. Another offensively highlight came in the first inning when Chad Patko drove a high fly over the left field wall for a two run home run.

            The Cardinals improved their league record to 12-1 and overall 16-3. Spooner now finds themselves in sole possession of first place with three games remaining in league play and will control their own destiny, as the Haugen Knights were defeated 5-0 against Twin Ports.