Cardinal baseball, softball teams fall to Tigers
Cardinal High School’s baseball game Monday in Eldon against New London was a statistical oddity.
The Comets starting pitcher, senior Conner McElderry, pitched seven innings and gave up 16 hits and one walk. Only five earned runs crossed the plate, which would normally mean the Comets had deftly performed a tightrope act and gotten out of trouble. However, nine errors led to the Tigers scoring 12 runs in the ballgame. New London (4-5) went on to win 12-7.
“We simply gave New London too many opportunities to score,” Cardinal coach Tom Hallgren said. “Giving teams that many extra outs usually leads to the outcome that happened.”
It was McElderry’s fourth start of the season, which is the most of any Cardinal pitcher. He has now walked just four batters and has a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Comets mustered 10 hits in support, but the errors were too much to overcome.
“We hit the ball pretty well, but we have to improve defensively moving forward,” Hallgren said.
McElderry, Cody Streeby, Chase Courtney and Adam Giltner each had multiple hits for Cardinal. Streeby had three RBIs, and now leads the team with 12 on the season. Courtney drove in two runs. McElderry, Giltner and Taylor Blunt contributed in the RBI category as well.
The Comets (5-7, 5-3 SEISC) are scheduled to play tonight at Danville and then host Moulton-Udell Wednesday.
The Cardinal softball team lost at New London 8-1 Monday.
Class 1A No. 3 New London (12-3) pitcher Morgan Christner regained her form after a rough outing Saturday at the Fairfield Invitational. She pitched seven innings and allowed just two hits and two walks. She struck out 11 Comets.
Lexi Fullenkamp delivered both of Cardinal’s hits. Schylar Conger scored a run and drew a walk. Carlie Bennett also walked against Christner.
Cardinal (8-6) hosts Danville tonight before playing three road games in three days. The road matchups, beginning Wednesday, will be played at Keokuk, Van Buren and Centerville.