SPOONER– The Spooner Cardinals split a pair of road games over the weekend.
Friday night saw Hayward score four runs in the first inning to take a 5-3 victory in a battle of Indy League unbeatens. Spooner stormed back on Sunday with a 5-0 victory over the always-tough Haugen Knights.
Hayward 5, Spooner 3
After scoring once in the top of the first inning, Hayward came out swinging and scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning to bust the game open early.
After the first inning, AJ Buchmann settled in and was in control for the rest of his six innings pitched.
Spooner chipped away with two more runs in the third inning off a Scott Lindenberger single to left.
Hayward tacked on one run in the fourth inning, and that would finish the scoring for the remainder of the game.
The Hawks ace, Tom Danczyk, was dominant as he allowed only four Cardinal hits over eight innings of work.
Both teams played solidly defensively, and Spooner just couldn’t muster any more scoring off the tough righty.
Lindenberger finished with two of the four Spooner hits.
Spooner 5, Haugen
Spooner traveled to Haugen for a Sunday matchup with the Knights and needed a win to keep pace with Hayward near the top of the league.
Haugen was coming off a tough-to-swallow loss at Osceola on Saturday by a score of 9-8. Both teams were looking for bounce-back wins on Sunday.
Spooner had other plans and came out swinging in the first inning by scoring one run after two quick outs to start the game. The Cardinals added three runs in the second and one more in the fourth to hold a steady 5-0 lead.
Fortunately, Mark Nauertz was too much for Haugen to handle and limited the Knights to only one hit through six innings of work.
Chad Patko came on to record another three-inning save.
The Cardinals turned in another fine defensive performance as the eighth inning ended on a diving catch by center fielder Mike Johnson, who then doubled up a runner heading back to first to end one of the only Haugen threats.
Brandon Shutt had a great day at the plate going 3 for 4 with a towering double and a walk.
Spooner returns to action on Friday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. as they host Brill for the third and final matchup of the season.
Spooner will then travel to Superior on Saturday, June 15, for a 1:30 p.m. game with the Lake Superior Sea Dogs of the Upper 13 League.
The Cardinals now sit at 3-1 (6-2 overall) and are in second place in Independent League play.
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