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SPORTS IN BRIEF: Cardinal, Van Buren sports roundup

Jun 18, 2014

Cardinal rebounds in SEISC matchup

The Cardinal High School baseball team earned a road victory over Danville by the score of 8-2 Tuesday.

Taylor Blunt pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed just five hits, two earned runs and five walks. He struck out eight. Brennon Elder would close out the game.

“Taylor pitched very well, but I think the heat started to wear on him toward the end,” Cardinal coach Tom Hallgren said. “This was a great response after a tough loss on Monday night.”

Adam Giltner led the Comets at the plate by going 4-4 and driving in five runs. Conner McElderry went 2-3 with a double and two RBIs. Chase Courtney went 2-2 and scored four times.

The Comets (6-7) host Moulton-Udell tonight in Eldon.


Comets no-hit Danville in softball

Lexi Fullenkamp and Carlie Bennett combined to throw a five-inning no-hitter for Cardinal in Tuesday’s 11-1 home win over Danville.

Fullenkamp threw the first four innings, allowing just one walk and striking out four. Then, for the first time all season, Fullenkamp wasn’t on the mound for an inning. Bennett came into the game in relief and pitched one solid inning.

“This was a great win for us after a tough few games,” Cardinal coach Hilarie Droz said. “Lexi and Carlie combined for a no-hitter for the first time this season which is great!”

Schylar Conger went 1-1 with one run scored and two RBIs. Jessie McElderry also drove in two runs and ripped a double. Fullenkamp and Shelby Smith both had two hits.

The Comets (9-6) play at Keokuk tonight. The Chiefs (14-7) have won seven of their last eight games.


Van Buren controls games at Harmony

The Van Buren baseball and softball teams did not have any issues picking up wins Tuesday at Harmony.

The Class 1A No. 3 ranked baseball team won 26-0. The Warriors scored 12 runs in the third inning and the game lasted just four innings total.

Brandon Plecker went 4-4 with a double, a RBI and four runs scored. Will Mertens finished up 4-4 with four runs scored and four RBIs.

Robert Barker, Tyson Sprouse and Austin Bartholomew each finished the game with three hits. Each member of Van Buren’s starting lineup got a hit, and 13 Warriors cracked the hit column in the contest.

The Warriors (15-1) play Thursday at Cardinal.

The Van Buren softball team was victorious 12-1. The Warriors led just 5-1 entering the seventh inning, but then rallied to score seven runs in the final inning.

Taylor Murguia led Van Buren offensively by going 4-5 with a home run, a double, two runs scored and five RBIs. Libby King went 3-5 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs. Kadie Meek, Jessie Cassens and Lydia Heald each recorded two hits.

Van Buren (4-7) will host Cardinal Thursday in Keosauqua.

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