Comets get back above .500 mark with win
Whenever it looked like Cardinal might get into trouble, it found its way out of it.
With runners on first and second, Cardinal second baseman Chase Courtney grabbed a ground ball on the short hop, alertly tagged the runner coming toward him and then threw to first base for the double play.
This second inning double play influenced the rest of the game, as Moravia only mounted one serious scoring threat after that point. The Cardinal (10-9) baseball squad defeated the Mohawks 5-2 Wednesday in Eldon.
Cody Streeby got the offense started in the first inning with a RBI triple, which drove in Courtney. Streeby scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. Another RBI for Streeby came in the fifth inning when he roped a double into left center.
“[Cody] did a good job of staying up the middle at the plate and not trying to do too much up there,” Cardinal coach Tom Hallgren said. “He just went out there and competed.”
Courtney and Streeby both scored twice. Brennon Elder singled and scored in the fifth. Adam Giltner and Conner McElderry both had singles as well.
Streeby was effective on the mound and finished the contest with a complete game.
“I relied on my curveball a lot and just threw the fastball in between,” Streeby said. “My teammates backed me up when balls were put in play.”
The curveball and a knuckleball kept Moravia’s young lineup off balance. The Mohawks have just one junior and zero seniors on their roster. Tucker Babbit, Moravia’s leadoff hitter who went 0-3 with a walk Wednesday night, is only an eighth grader.
Nevertheless, Streeby, who is just a junior himself, struck out 11 batters, walked six and allowed five hits. Two earned runs crossed the plate.
“Cody is our number four pitcher, and he isn’t overly comfortable on the mound yet,” Hallgren said. “He had a few walks, and we just needed to battle back and make plays.”
Cardinal will play its fourth game in as many days tonight when it hosts Central Lee (10-7).
“Central Lee is going to make the routine plays and they’re not going to beat themselves,” Hallgren said. “We’ll have to hit the ball well.”