SPOONER– As the mid-July weather heats up, the Spooner Cardinals are sizzling themselves, taking another big weekend sweep.
Spooner 15, Twin Ports 2
The Spooner Cardinals returned home over the holiday weekend with a non-league game against a short-handed Twin Ports North Stars squad and came away with a lopsided 15-2 victory.
The Cardinals scored in each of the first six innings and bashed the ball all over the field with 17 hits on the day.
Chad Patko, Sam Holden, and Scott Lindenberger each finished with three hits apiece. Patko was a home run short of the cycle for the game.
Trevor Brimblecom got the start on the mound and pitched all seven innings for the Cardinals.
Brimblecom scattered six hits, hit two batters, and both earned runs came in the seventh.
Spooner 7, Haugen Hornets 2
Sunday saw the Spooner Cardinals squaring off with a new, but familiar face, in the Haugen Hornets. The Hornets folded after the 2015 season and have been waiting for the arrival of a solid group of young kids to step in and don the Hornets uniforms.
While the Hornets are extremely young, they are a talented group that should make a push up the league standings in the coming years.
Haugen started the scoring in the first inning with an unearned run off Spooner’s starter, Mark Nauertz.
Spooner didn’t wait long to respond and scored four runs in the top of the second inning off a couple key hits and several walks issued by the Hornets starter.
The Hornets added a run in the bottom of the second inning with a pair of hits, and the score was 4-2.
Spooner responded with one run in the top of the third inning and another in the fifth to make the lead a bit more comfortable at 6-2.
The Cardinals had multiple chances over the middle innings to bust the game open, but the Hornets used a bevy of off-speed pitches to keep the Cardinals bats quieted, for the most part. Spooner’s lineup stayed disciplined and drew eight walks and two hit batsmen to aid the offensive attack.
The redbirds added another run in the ninth inning to put the game out of reach at 7-2.
Nauertz settled in after the opening frames and went six innings and gave up seven hits, two walks, and struck out four to earn his sixth win on the year.
Chad Patko came on for the three-inning save and was rock solid with four strikeouts and only allowing two hits.
The Cardinals turned two double plays on the game.
Spooner now returns home for the entire remaining schedule with an 11-2 record. At 6-1, Spooner is alone in first place atop the Independent League.
Spooner Rodeo Weekend will find the Cardinals home at Merchant Park for two games under the lights. On Friday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m., Spooner will host Osceola.
The Cardinals will host the Hayward Hawks at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.