Comet baseball holds off Falcons
WEST BURLINGTON — Twice West Burlington threatened a comeback in the final two innings Thursday, and both times the Cardinal baseball team turned them away to pick up a 4-2 win in West Burlington.
In the sixth inning, West Burlington loaded the bases, but Brandon Eklofe turned a 6-3 double play to get the Comets out of the inning. Then in the seventh, starting pitcher Dakota Showman struck out the game’s final two batters with the tying runs on base.
“Good teams find a way to win games, and that’s exactly what we did tonight. It wasn’t exactly pretty but we found a way to win,” said Cardinal head coach Tom Hallgren.
Cardinal was out-hit 8-3 but made their hits count to pick up two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings. Conner McElderry smacked a two-run home run, Cody Streeby scored two runs and Charlie Rachford also scored.
Showman improved to 3-1 on the mound pitching seven innings of two-run ball. He allowed eight hits and two walks while punching out five batters.
“Showman pitched a terrific game, and we played fantastic defense,” Hallgren added.
Cardinal (10-4, 7-1 SEISC South) returns home today for a conference showdown vs. Danville.
Cardinal @ West Burlington
Cardinal – 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 — 4 3 2
W. Burlington – 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 — 2 8 2
CARDINAL — McElderry 1-3, HR, 2RBI, R; Streeby 1-3, 2R; Eklofe 1-3; Rachford R
Pitching — Showman (W, 3-1) 7 INN, 8H, 2R, 2ER, 5K, 2BB