By Nik Franck
By Nik Franck
GI 7, YA 2
The Young America bullpen couldn’t hold the spectacular start that Adam Kostecka gave the Cardinals last Tuesday night, as the Irish came back with six runs in the eighth inning to beat Young America 7-2.
Kostecka pitched into the seventh inning, until he ran into a jam and was relieved by lefty Nik Franck. Franck was able to get out of the first and third jam in the seventh, inducing an inning ending double play and holding the 2-1 lead, but couldn’t get out of the eighth.
Franck loaded the bases and left with the game tied at two in the eighth and Green Isle used three more consecutive hits to put the game out of reach, only needing to get three outs in the top of the ninth to secure the come from behind win.
The Cardinals’ up and down play followed the three hours north as they played in the Nimrod Tournament, in central Minnesota. YA played a tight game in round one against Richmond, but they too used a big late inning ralley to douse any Cardinal flames, as Richmond won 7-0.
In game two, YA scored all their runs in one innings, thanks to a two-run single from Jon Werner and a two run homer by Nik Franck, and held on to beat the Buckman Billygoats 4-3.
Finally in the consolation game, YA was dominated by the northernmost team in the tournament, the Roseau Royals, by the score of 11-1. The score there says it all.
It’s a busy week for the Cardinals with big games all around. On Tuesday the Cardinals played at Brownton, and they are back in action on Thursday, July 12 at Waconia. On Sunday, the Cardinals host Carver at 4 p.m.
In between all that is the big Merchants Day game on Saturday, July 12 at 4 p.m. against crosstown rival Norwood. Prizes will be given out between each half innings for kids and adults. Also, any ex-Cardinal players will be rewarded for coming with free admission, a free drink and a free burger.