Cardinals post an eight-run inning in win over Hayshakers

Spooner 14, Tony 4

SPOONER – The Spooner Cardinals men’s amateur baseball team jumped out early and used an eight-run fifth inning to pull away from the Tony Hayshakers on Saturday, June 10.

After a quick top of the first inning for starter Christian Hall, the Cardinal bats were lively in banging out five hits and three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Hall cruised through the next two innings before getting into self-induced trouble by allowing a single and two walks to load the bases. The fourth batter of the inning hit a fly ball to left that bounced off the top of the fence for a game-tying grand slam. Hall retired the next three batters and only allowed one more base runner for the remainder of the game.

Spooner had scored a lone run in the third inning but was relatively off balance after the first inning. The fifth inning proved to be the wake-up call and the Cards scored eight runs with the aid of three doubles as 12 men came to the plate. Another offensive highlight was Trevor Brimblecom’s first career home run in the sixth inning.

Hall pitched six innings, struck out six, walked four and gave up four hits. Mark Nauertz pitched the final frame and held Tony scoreless. Hall helped his own cause with three hits and three RBIs. There were four Cardinals who added a pair of hits: Josh Davidson, Chad Patko, Brady Christiansen and Brimblecom. Sam Holden added one hit to the offensive output.

The Cardinals were scheduled to face Luck on Sunday, June 11, but the game was canceled due to storms. The makeup date is tentatively going to be a doubleheader on Saturday, July 22, in Spooner.

Spooner continues at the home stand as they host the Brill Millers on Saturday, June 17, at 1 p.m., and a doubleheader with Cumberland on Sunday, June 18, at noon.  There are several other changes to the schedule. Saturday, June 24, will now be a round-robin tournament between Spooner, Minong and Washburn beginning at 11 a.m. and is still Military Appreciation Day. The previous Hayward game has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 25, in Spooner. You can find the Cardinals on Facebook, Twitter and on the website, – submitted