Cards go down swinging


Junior Charlie Bradley sprints home. The Cards were defeated 16-5.

The boys baseball team lost to Cathedral, who’s ranked second in the state, 5-16 last Wednesday, April 15.  The Cards gave up  six runs in the first, two in the second and one in the third.  However, the Cards did score four runs in the second and one in the third inning, making the score 9-5.  Cathedral ended the game in the fifth by scoring seven more runs.The Cards made two pitching switches in the first inning and threw a total of five different pitchers throughout the game, which contributed to each of Cathedral’s big innings.  Head coach Mr. Scott Whitlock says that when a team gets down early in a game they have to forget about the score.“When you get down like that we start looking at innings,” Whitlock said.  “We lost the first inning.  We came back and won the second inning.  Then we tied the third inning.  As far as innings go we’re 1-1-1.  (sophomore) Dustin Church threw well when he came in and so did (sophomore) Chris Cox.  (They) kept the ball down and let us make a few plays.  We just needed to make (more and) better plays.”According to Whitlock, the team wasn’t stepping up on ground balls.  The team gave up multiple ground balls in the last inning.  He also said that this game gave the team the opportunity to see what positives come out of losses like these.  One positive, for example, according to Whitlock, is that the team can hit the ball when needed.The team has been struggling at pitching and this game was no different.  The first inning saw two pitching changes.  Whitlock, however, knew that was the right choice for the team, and in the end, it was.“We needed outs and weren’t getting (them),” Whitlock said.  “We made these changes to get some and we saved some arms.  We live to play another day.”The next games for the Cards are this Tuesday, April 21 against rival Perry Meridian and this Friday, April 24 against Lawrence North.  Both Tuesday’s and Friday’s games are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.