By Nik Franck
By Nik Franck
The YA Cardinals started last week in their continued funk that has lasted for about a month now, with two loses to two pretty good teams. However, they started to show signs of breaking out of that funk with two wins over the weekend.
A big high five and hearty thanks goes out to all of all the Cardinal fans. YA has been playing some pretty ugly baseball lately but the fans still came to Brownton and Waconia to watch their favorite club on Tuesday and Thursday.
In both games, the opposition jumped out to and early nine-run lead, and cruised the rest of the ways for the easy win.
Aaron Cook started against the Bruins and Adam Kostecka against the Lakers. Neither had their best outing, but the defense and offense wasn’t really helping out anyway.
Norwood came across the highway to YA on Saturday and finally the Cardinal bats sprung awake. This time YA jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and coasted their way to a 13-0 win They used an eight-run second inning to put the clamps on this game, highlighted by RBI singles from Brandon Stender and Keyth Hendricks.
Those two were followed up by Jon Werner, who drove in three with a double, and Nik Franck blasted a three run homer. Hendricks, Werner and Cook all finished the game with two hits apiece.
Sam Anderson notched his fifth win of the year, two of them coming versus Norwood, this time in dominating fashion. He only allowed three hits to earn the complete game shutout victory.
Anderson’s great performance on the hill was duplicated on Sunday by Franck, who threw a complete game shutout against Carver. Franck locked up with Carver’s Luke Sand for a very good pitchers duel. The game was tied at zero until the eighth inning when the Cardinals finally got to Sand. Bobby Kraemer led off the eighth with a double and moved to third on Tanner Kohls’ base hit bunt. Kohls promptly stole second, for his team leading 12th swipe of the year. Then, pinch hitter Hendricks played the role of hero, lashing a base hit past the third baseman and driving home pinch runner Zach Peterson. Kohls was thrown out at home, but that was enough as Franck set the Black Sox down in order in the ninth. Franck scattered seven hits over the nine innings.
With the 2-2 week, YA’s record moves to 12-6, putting them in third place behind Brownton and Green Isle, and just ahead of Plato and Carver.
It doesn’t get any easier in the final week of the regular season for the Cardinals as they travel for three more games: at Watertown Tuesday night, at Winsted Thursday night and the year rounds out at Hamburg on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Also, if any individuals or businesses want to make any donations or volunteer help for the Region 7C Tournament that Young America is hosting, contact Franck at (612) 819-9417. Advertising during the tournament is available for any donations. The tournament will be Aug. 2-5 and 10-12.