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Cardinal loses 9-8 heartbreaker to Burlington-Notre Dame

By Justin Webster | Jul 13, 2018
Photo by: GTNS photo Senior Wyatt Gatton went 5 1/3 Thursday night for Cardinal and allowed just three runs, one earned.

The Cardinal baseball team was eliminated Thursday night at New London with a 9-8 loss to Burlington Notre Dame in the Class 1A district 10 semifinals.

The Comets took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third when Kade Chance hit an RBI single and two additional runs scored on an error by the Nikes.

The “home team” responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning, but Cardinal junior Cameron Honomichl roped a two run double in the top of the fifth to extend the Comets lead to 5-1.

Unfortunately, the Nikes answered again in the home half of the fifth with two runs to make it 5-3. While Cardinal kept scoring with a two-run double in the top of the sixth by Colby Ashenbrenner and another run for good measure to make it 8-3, B-ND exploded for six in their sixth inning at-bat to grab a 9-8 advantage.

Cardinal got a runner to second in the top of the seventh, but just could not get the tying run across as the Nikes advanced to the district final Saturday at New London.

Honomichl led the Comets at the plate with two of the teams six hits with Chance, Aschenbrenner, Trey Albert and Griffen Greiner each hitting safely once.

Mason Aschenbrenner, Chance and Albert also had stolen bases for the Comets.

Cardinal head coach Rick Scott said, “Wyatt Gatton started to lose his leg strength, and the reason he lost his leg strength is because I’ve been relying on that kid the last two weeks,” explained the skipper who continued, “He’s been throwing a lot, but Wyatt’s a gamer and when that type of kid says he can’t go anymore, he can’t go. So that’s the reason I brought in Jentry [Arbogast].”

Scott said he felt it was a good game and that “Notre Dame did a good job of hanging in there. They could have folded, but they didn’t,” conceded the coach who concluded. “That’s the way it goes. I want to tip my hat to Notre Dame.”

As far as the short lived rally, Cardinal just couldn’t catch a break.

“Coming into the seventh, I thought, “we’ve got a shot here,” because we’ve done it before,” suggested Scott. “But they caught us at the back end of our batting order, and we were one batter away from getting to the top of our order, and I thought if we could get to the top, then maybe.”

The senior Gatton threw 96 pitches over 5 1/3 and allowed three runs, one earned, off seven hits and zero walks with six strikeouts. Sophomore Jentry Arbogast tossed 36 pitches over 2/3 of an inning and allowed six runs, four of them earned, off five hits and a walk while striking out one.

Cardinal finished the season 16-10.

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