Spooner opened the 2019 Independent League tournament at home at Merchant Park against the #4-seeded Brill Millers. After downing Brill three times earlier this season, the Cardinals fell 4-0 this time, taking their first home defeat since the 2016. Brill went 3-0 on the weekend to take the tournament championship after also beating Osceola 12-3 on Friday and Hayward 5-2 in the championship game. Spooner (16-3 overall) moves onto the single-elimination WBA playoffs this weekend. The Cardinals are one of four host sites this year and will play the New Richmond Millers (9-9 6th SCVBL) on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

The winner will face either #2 Menomonie (12-6 3rd SCVBL) or #3 Whittlesey (8-4 4th Dairyland) on Sunday at noon from Merchant Park. [Photos by Bill Thornley]

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