Spencer Cardinals lose two in Minnesota

Saturday, July 12, 2008

By Nolan Goeken

Sports Staff

Spencer's win streak was snapped one short of double digits Sunday as the Cardinals dropped both ends of a double header to Pipestone and Jackson, losing for the first time since their season opener.

In the first game, Spencer ultimately fell to the Pipestone A's in a back-and-forth affair. After Sam Joy and Seth Thomas opened the contest with back-to-back walks, Jeff Steen drove them both in with a double. A two-out single by Nick Redding then drove in Steen, and the Cardinals took a 3-0 lead that would last until the third inning.

Pipestone produced three runs in the third on two hits, an error and two walks. In the fourth inning, Spencer loaded the bases following a Redding walk, a Jeremy Payne single and a Mitch Feller hit by pitch. The Cardinals managed one run as Redding scored on a wild pitch.

Pipestone put together two runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-3 advantage.

Spencer recaptured the lead in the fifth inning after a two-run double by Payne drove in Will Glienke and Redding, who had both reached on singles. Once again, the A's leapfrogged the Cardinals with a two-run inning in the fifth and held on for the 7-6 victory.

Will Glienke took the loss for Spencer, pitching four innings and allowing six hits while striking ou three and walking five. Jeremy Payne led the Cardinals in hitting in game one, going 3-4 with a double and two RBIs. Nick Redding finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jeff Steen went 1-3 and drove in a pair of runs.

In game two of the doubleheader, the Jackson Bulls defeated the Cardinals by a 6-1 margin. Spencer's lone run came in the third inning when Jeff Steen's RBI single drove in Seth Thomas, who had reached on an error. Jackson talled three runs in both the second and sixth innings. The Cardials' losing pitcher, Drew Nonnamacker, pitched six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits.

Spencer dropped to 9-3 on the season with the two losses.

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