Cardinal baseball team survives slugfest

BUSSEY — Cardinal and Twin Cedars blistered the ball on Monday night in a nonconference baseball game. The Comets outlasted the Sabers 14-9 in one of the highest scoring games of the year.

Cardinal’s offense started things off with a bang, scoring four runs in the first inning and three in the second to take a 7-1 lead after one and-a-half frames. Twin Cedars knocked in five in their half of the second inning, though, and it was already 7-6 after two.

The scoring slowed down in the middle innings but the Comets broke out again in the fifth, putting up five more runs to stretch the lead to 12-7. Twin Cedars outscored Cardinal 3-2 from that point on, but the Sabres could never tie the game back up after Cardinal’s initial push, and the Comets won their second game in a row.

Cardinal slugged out 14 hits on the night. Dawson Loewis had a big game, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead the squad.

Logan Chickering was 2-fo-5 with two doubles and two RBIs in the win. Blaine Bryand went 2-for-5 with two RBIs of his own. Hunter Dossey, Brody Stone and Ryan Clark each knocked in a run.

Five different Comets saw time on the mound. Corbin Humble had the best run, throwing three and one-thirds innings and giving up one earned runs on two hits and one walk, while striking out five batters. Hunter Dossey, Landon Becker, Ryan Clark and Beau LaRue all threw as well.

Cardinal is now 3-3 overall. The Comets will look to improve on an 0-3 conference record tonight (Wednesday) when they return to Southeast Iowa Super Conference action with a road game at Van Buren.