Cardinals take split out of PMBL openers
Ben Douglas hit a two-run home run in the first inning of the season opener for the Moose Jaw Cardinals.
After that there wasn't a whole lot of pop in the Cards bat during their Prairie Midget Baseball League weekend set.
Douglas' bomb held up in a 2-0 win over the Regina Wolfpack Saturday, but the Cardinals lost 8-1 Sunday to the Regina Mets.
"We were a little tentative at the bats," said Cardinals co-coach Charlie Meacher. "We need to be more aggressive."
While the Cardinals only managed 11 hits and three runs in the two games, the Cardinals are chalking it up to some early season rust.
"The pitchers are always ahead this time of year," said Meacher. "They can do the same thing in the gym as they do here on the field. When it comes to the bats, you can't do that in the gym. You can do all of the batting practice you like . . . it's going to help your swing, but it's not the same as seeing living pitching."
The Cardinals are 1-1 and will meet the Regina Athletics Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Ross Wells Park.
Mets 8 Cardinals 1
The Mets jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after two innings and were up 7-0 after four innings.
Despite the score, Meacher was pleased with their pitching, but feels their defence needs to be sharper.
"We still pitched well," said Meacher. "We made a few mistakes early and it cost us some runs and we gave them five or six outs a couple of times."
Ryan Tulloch led the Mets with a double and a triple, while Josh Brears and Rob Doehl each drove in a pair of runs.
Kirk Morrison took the loss for the Cardinals as he allowed five runs on six hits over three innings. Mike Miller allowed one hit in two innings of relief for the home side, while Josh Jelinski allowed two hits in two innings.
Austin Miller drove in Dakota Bauck in the sixth inning for the Cardinals only run. Cody Tkachuk finished 2-for-3 at the plate for the Cardinals.
Clark Munroe earned the win for the Mets as he allowed three hits in four innings and struck out nine batters.
Cardinals 2 Wolfpack 0
The Cardinals were very sharp in their home opener and used three good pitching performances and solid defence to make Douglas' home run stand up.
"For the first game of the season I thought defensively we did a lot of things well," said Cardinals co-coach Roger Anholt.
Eric Crosbie hit a lead-off single and that was followed by Douglas' home run to dead centre. It was was his first PMBL home run in his second season. The Sask Selects player was happy with his start to the year and felt his time with the provincial team this spring helped.
"I got a good one," said Douglas who finished 2-for-3 on the day. "My timing felt pretty good. It helped going to a couple of tournaments before this with Team Sask."
Terry McNabb - another player who was with the Selects - earned the win for the Cardinals as he allowed one hit in four innings while striking out four. Dillon Hicks allowed a hit in an inning and a third of relief; Dakota Bauck didn't allow a hit in an inning and two-thirds of work as he earned the save.
"As far as Dillon and Dakota, I was pretty impressed," said Anholt. "Especially for Dillon, it was his first time at 60 feet and six inches and he went in to a situation against a pretty good ball team and I was very impressed with how he threw. All three guys did a great job."